West 16

East 13


January 18, 1970

LOS ANGELES (UPI)- Roman Gabriel of the Rams threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Carroll Dale of the Packers with 72 seconds remaining Sunday to pull out a 16-13 West victory over the Eastern Conference All-Stars Sunday in the 20th annual NFL Pro Bowl football game.


The East had led from the first time it got the ball following the opening kickoff. But, the West team delighted a crowd of 57,786 in the Coliseum by scoring nine points in less than five minutes of the final period.


The West tallied on a safety and the Gabriel-Dale touchdown.


The East went ahead on Leroy Kelly's 10-yard scoring run in the first period and picked up two field goals by Tom Dempsey of New Orleans for its points.


Gabriel tallied the first touchdown himself on a one yard run in the second period and then put the clincher on the West's third straight win in the Pro Bowl with his pass to Dale.


Defensive end George Andrie of Dallas, who put a big rush on Gabriel much of the game, was voted lineman of the contest while Gayle Sayers of the Bears, who gave the West most of its offensive punch, was voted back of the game the third time in the series.


The victory was the 13th for the West against 7 triumphs for the East in the series that will change its format next year to a game between the new American and National Conferences.


The game's first score was an all-Browns' production as Bill Nelsen drove the East 73 yards to score behind a block by Browns' guard Gene Hickerson.


And the East made it 10-0 in the second period. After Larry Wilson intercepted a pass by Bob Berry of Atlanta and returned it 31 yards, Dempsey kicked his first field goal from 46 yards.


The West's only offensive thrust in the first period was a 40-yard pass from Gabriel to Sayers. The same twosome were responsible for the Westís touchdown in the second period.


First Gabriel hit Sayers with a 36-yard pass and then the Bears' back made a 16-yard run to the one from where Gabriel went over.


In the final minute of the period, Fran Tarkenton of the Giants passed 55 yards to Harold Jackson of the Eagles and Dempsey booted a 27-yard field goal.


After 25 scoreless minutes in the second half, the West picked up a safety when Len Hauss of the Redskins centered the ball into the end zone.


Following the free kick, West drove to the East 28 and climaxed the march on Gabrielís scoring throw to Dale.


Gabriel completed 13 of 24 passes for 212 yards, while Nelson made 12 of 21 for 98 yards.  Sayers was the game's leading rusher with 75 yards and the leading receiver with 66 yards.

Dick Butkus in 1970 Pro Bowl. Gayle Sayers was Back of the Game in 1970. Leroy Kelly scored the games first touchdown.



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