USFL championship set as Stars get clutch punt return TD, Stallions trample Breakers

The Philadelphia Stars will play the Birmingham Stallions for the title next weekend.

Philadelphia got past the North Division champion New Jersey Generals, and the Stallions beat the New Orleans Breakers in their respective playoff games.

Maurice Alexander (13) of the Philadelphia Stars returns a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Jersey Generals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오.

Maurice Alexander (13) of the Philadelphia Stars returns a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Jersey Generals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오. (Jason Miller/USFL/Getty Images)

The Stars’ special teams came through in the clutch with about two minutes to go while they were a point down in the fourth quarter.

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The Generals punted the ball away, and it was fielded by Maurice Alexander, who ran 88 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the difference in the game.

Stars cornerback Amani Dennis then picked off New Jersey quarterback Luis Perez on the Generals’ final drive to seal the win and a spot in the championship.

You go into these games anticipating they’re gonna play a little different than they have all year because it’s a playoff game and there’s a lot of ‘or else’ factored into that game,” Stars coach Bart Andrus said Sunday on “여우 & 친구 주말” when asked about being down in the fourth quarter.

We went in saying something might happen, and the thing you want to do is respond when it happens. Don’t react to it. Respond. And they did.

Ahmad Dixon of the Philadelphia Stars reacts after breaking up a pass in the second quarter against the New Jersey Generals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오.

Ahmad Dixon of the Philadelphia Stars reacts after breaking up a pass in the second quarter against the New Jersey Generals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오. (Emilee Chinn/USFL/Getty Images)

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It was a bit of a different game between the Stallions and the Breakers.

이기는 하지만 All-USFL quarterback Kyle Sloter managed to throw for 327 yards for New Orleans, the Breakers’ defense couldn’t contain the Birmingham offense. And Stallions linebacker DeMarquis Gates intercepted a Sloter pass and returned it for a touchdown.

2분기에는, Stallions wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. returned a kick for a touchdown to give Birmingham the lead. It was the first kick return touchdown of the season.

Stallions quarterback J’Mar Smith was 17-for-27 with 190 passing yards and had a passing and a rushing touchdown in the win. Osirus Mitchell had the touchdown catch from Smith.

Birmingham now moves one win from a title after finishing the regular season 9-1.

Osirus Mitchell of the Birmingham Stallions catches a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the New Orleans Breakers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오.

Osirus Mitchell of the Birmingham Stallions catches a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the New Orleans Breakers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium June 25, 2022, in Canton, 오하이오. (Emilee Chinn/USFL/Getty Images)

I just stand on the sideline and watch. I got players out there making great plays, competing their tails off. They love the game,” Stallions coach Skip Holtz said Sunday on “여우 & 친구 주말.”

The Stallions and Stars meet July 3 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, 오하이오. The game kicks off at 7:30 오후. 과.

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