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US Football Leagues the first championship was officially established.
Philadelphia Stars will play Birmingham Stallions for the title next weekend.
Philadelphia swept the Northern Division champion New Jersey Generals, and the Stallions swept the New Orleans Breakers in their playoff games.
The Stars special teams took the lead with about two minutes left, while they were one point behind in the fourth quarter.
The generals hit the ball and it was fielded by Maurice Alexander, who ran for 88 yards and scored a game-changing touchdown.
Stars quarterback Amani Dennis then defeated New Jersey quarterback Luis Perez in the Generals’ final game to seal the win and a championship berth.
“You go into these games expecting them to play a little differently than they did all year long because this is a playoff game and there are a lot of ‘or else’ factors in that game,” Stars coach Bart Andrus said on Sunday at “Fox & Friends Weekend” when asked about losing in the fourth quarter.
“We said that something could happen and what you want to do is respond when it happens. Don’t react to it. Answer. And they did.”
It was a slightly different game between the Stallions and the Breakers.
Although All-USFL quarterback Kyle Slaughter managed to throw for 327 yards for New Orleans, the Breakers’ defense couldn’t contain the Birmingham offense. And Stallion linebacker DeMarquis Gates intercepted Slaughter’s pass and returned it for a touchdown.
In the second quarter, Zherebtsov receiver Victor Bolden Jr. answered with a kick for a touchdown to give Birmingham the lead. It was the first return touchdown of the season.
Quarterback Stallions J’Mar Smith was 17 of 27 passing for 190 yards, had a pass and a quick touchdown in the win. Osirus Mitchell caught a touchdown from Smith.
Birmingham were one win away from the title, ending the regular season 9-1.
“I just stand back and watch. I have players who play well, competing with each other. They love the game,” Stallion coach Skip Holtz said Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend.
Stallions and stars meet July 3rd at Tom Benson. Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game will start at 7:30 pm ET.