During the season, Birmingham won both games – but by the skin of their teeth. Interestingly enough, the two outings during the year were dominated by defenses on both sides. In fact, week eight’s game was one of the messiest of the season, with a 10-9 finish as the Stallions barely edged out the Breakers.
Heading into tonight’s game, we were unsure about Kyle Sloter’s status, as he has been injured. However, he did get the start for the team, which is something all Breakers fans wanted to see.
Scratch that, just talked to some people and it’s going to be Kyle Sloter starting at QB for the Breakers.
Told by league sources that it will actually be Sloter.
Kyle Sloter will be starting tonight for the Breakers.
In tonight’s game, things came down to the wire, as expected. Let’s take a look at what happened between these two South Division rivals.
Birmingham received the opening kickoff, and saw early success with CJ Marable and the ground game. After getting into New Orleans territory, though, they couldn’t capitalize. A fumbled snap put them in a tough position, and Brandon Aubrey just missed a 52 yard field goal, keeping points off the board.
Things went well for New Orleans to start. Taiwan Taylor made an incredible catch on a pass from Kyle Sloter right away, and the team seamlessly marched down the field.
Unfortunately, mistakes that hurt New Orleans in the season were also evident in the playoffs. After a solid drive, Sloter held onto the football too long – and then tried to force a throw. This was not a smart idea, and DeMarquis Gates came up with an interception, one that he returned to the house, putting Birmingham on top 14-7.
That being said, their defense came up with an important stop, which gave Sloter and the offense the football right back. A wild sequence on third down that included a fumble somehow earned New Orleans’ another set of downs, keeping their drive alive.
Then, on the very next play, Victor Bolden took the kickoff to the house – the first time anyone has accomplished that this season in the USFL. Just like that, Birmingham led by a touchdown once again.
THE FIRST KICK RETURN TD OF THE YEAR 🔥@vicbolden CAN FLY 🐎
Birmingham missed out on some opportunities too – it wasn’t just New Orleans. J’Mar Smith missed a wide open Victor Bolden in the end zone, so Birmingham had to settle for a field goal, taking a 24-17 lead.
In today’s game, Birmingham seemed to rediscover their swagger. The first several weeks of the regular season were fascinating to watch, as this offense was electrifying. During the final few games, things were pretty sloppy.
Tonight, Birmingham was on the same page – which was evident on this drive. J’Mar Smith and his talented receivers put together an incredible possession, picking up every first down they needed – while running down the clock.
MADE FOR MOMENTS LIKE THIS 😤@jMar_Smith doing his THING 😎
J’Mar Smith took absolute command of the ball game, picking apart New Orleans’ defense play by play. With under a minute left, Smith took it into the end zone himself, giving the Stallions a 31-17 advantage.
Overall, it was Birmingham who made few mistakes tonight – which ultimately sealed their fate as the South Division champs. J’Mar Smith was exceptional, leading his Stallions to the first USFL Championship game.
With their win, the Birmingham Stallions will face off against the Philadelphia Stars, in the USFL’s inaugural Championship game. It starts at 7:30PM ET, on FOX. Folks, grab your popcorn – you don’t want to miss this one!