Ladies, we have playoff football in June. The restarted USFL – unlike its predecessors AAF and XFL – have completed the full 10-game regular season and now begin the post-season with a pair of semifinals on Saturday in Canton, Ohio. The winners will play for the championship for a week from Sunday.
Saturday began with a thrilling match between the New Jersey Generals (9-1) and the Philadelphia Stars (6-4). The Stars, who have lost two regular season games against the Generals, recorded New Jersey’s nine-game winning streak 19-14 on Saturday. Philadelphia took the lead at 1:41 with an 88-yard punt return from Maurice Alexander. Amani Tennis ‘Big Moments later confirmed the Stars’ victory, with them winning five of their last six games.
The Stars took a 10-0 half-time lead through the strength of the QB case cooks and defensive strength that forced a key return in the red zone that led to Cooks’ touchdown run. Philadelphia were ready to retain their lead early in the second inning and regained a stumble in the opening kickoff. But the generals responded defensively to Mike Bell’s important interception in the depths of the New Jersey area.
Following the selection, Perez beat Darius Shepherd for a 59-yard gain, setting that year’s USFL attacker Darius Victor’s touchdown run fourth and goal. USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin then gave the Generals the first lead with a 78-yard punt return for the score at 10:30. Below 14-13, the Stars’ defense forced a crucial stop that eventually led to Alexander’s game-winning score.
The Birmingham Stallions (9-1) face the New Orleans Breakers (6-4) in the second semi-final on Saturday at 8pm on ET NBC (Stream, Stream on Fubodivi) Try it for free) Birmingham remained unbeaten until the 9th week and beat the Breakers twice, but won the most recent encounter by one point. Stallions liked 5 points.
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Philadelphia Stars 19, New Jersey Generals 14
Birmingham Stallions vs. New Orleans Breakers, 8 pm ET