USFL Playoffs 2022 score, highlights: Birmingham Stallions defeat New Orleans Breakers 31-17

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The Birmingham Stallions defeated the New Orleans Breakers 31-17 in the second of two 2022 USFL semifinal games from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The Breakers scored on their first drive of the game, and both teams combined for 28 points in the second quarter alone, but the Stallions were able to pull away late in the fourth quarter and secure a bid to the Championship.

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The Stallions and head coach Skip Holtz had it working on all sides of the ball, with a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, a kick return touchdown, and two turnovers and a touchdown from their defense. Broadcast announcer and ex-NFL head coach Jason Garrett said of quarterback J’Mar Smith’s performance: he played at an “MVP” and “Championship” level.

Meanwhile, New Orleans quarterback Kyle Sloter threw for 327 passing yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He completed 22 passes on 40 attempts. Tight end Sal Canella had a connection going with Sloter all night, turning in 154 yards on 12 receptions.

The inaugural USFL Championship is now set, with Birmingham set to face head coach Bart Andrus and the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Breakers vs. Stallions score, results, highlights

Final score: New Orleans Breakers 17, Birmingham Stallions 31

1st quarter, 7:33 (Breakers): J.Ellis rushed to BHAM End Zone for 1 yards. J.Ellis for 1 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 14:55 (Stallions): J.Smith pass deep right complete to NO 23. Catch made by O.Mitchell at NO 23. Gain of 23 yards. O.Mitchell for 23 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 12:05 (Stallions): K.Sloter pass INTERCEPTED at BHAM 29. Intercepted by D.Gates at BHAM 29. D.Gates for 71 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 1:15 (Breakers): K.Sloter pass complete to BHAM 35. Catch made by J.Ellis at BHAM 35. Gain of 35 yards. J.Ellis for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 1:06 (Stallions): T.Bertolet kicks 65 yards from NO 25 to the BHAM 10. V.Bolden returns the kickoff. V.Bolden for 90 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 0:33 (Stallions): K.Sloter pass short left INTERCEPTED at BHAM 33. Intercepted by T.Hayes at BHAM 33. Tackled by L.Morris at BHAM 40.

3rd quarter, 4:39 (Breakers): T.Bertolet 23 yard field goal attempt is good.

4th quarter, 12:07 (Stallions): B.Aubrey 38 yard field goal attempt is good.

4th quarter, 0:45 (Stallions): J.Smith rushed up the middle to NO End Zone for 2 yards. J.Smith for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Breakers vs. Stallions score reaction and coverage

10:49 p.m. ET: Quarterback J’Mar Smith rushes 2 yards up the middle to ice the game!

9:28 p.m. ET: Kyle Sloter looks to march down the field and score before halftime but gets picked off for the second time of the night.

9:22 p.m. ET: Victor Bolden Jr. takes the kickoff all the way to the house and the Stallions answer right back!

9:19 p.m. ET: Breakers go for it on 4th down and Jordan Ellis catches the pass and runs the ball 35 yards to the end-zone!

9:09 p.m. ET: Sal Cannella makes the catch and tries to stretch for the first down but fumbles! Breakers fall back on the ball and retain possession.

8:47 p.m. ET: Kyle Sloter gets hit in the pocket and intercepted by Demarquis Gates who returns it all the way back for the pick six!

8:39 p.m. ET: J’Mar Smith hooks up with Osirus Mitchell to score the Stallions’ first points of the night!

8:30 p.m. ET: Osirus Mitchell hauls in a nice high-point catch and the Stallions convert on third down.

8:23 p.m. ET: Jordan Ellis finds the end-zone and the Breakers score on their first drive down the field!

8:19 p.m. ET: Quarterback Kyle Sloter keeps the drive alive with a nifty pass to move the chains.

8:15 p.m. ET: Taywan Taylor makes a spectacular one-handed grab to haul in the 27-yard gain!

7:45 p.m. ET: The 9-1 Birmingham Stallions go head-to-head against the New Orleans Breakers tonight for some 2022 USFL Playoff action!

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How to watch the New Orleans Breakers vs Birmingham Stallions:

  • When: Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH
  • Live Stream: NBC and Peacock

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