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USFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS IN WEEK 8

Two teams have punched tickets to the inaugural United States Football League (USFL) playoffs later this month in Canton, Ohio. Two more teams have a chance to lock up the final postseason spots in Week 8.

Last weekend, North Division leader New Jersey Generals (6-1) and South Division leader Birmingham Stallions (7-0) both clinched a trip to Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for the playoff semifinals on June 25. Two more teams are poised to join them during Week 8 of the USFL regular season.

For Coach Bart Andrus and the Philadelphia Stars (4-3), it’s simple – win and they’re in the playoffs. Their North Division opponent, the Michigan Panthers (1-6) must beat the Stars on Sunday to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The playoff scenario is more complicated for Coach Larry Fedora and the New Orleans Breakers (5-2). A Breakers win on Saturday against the Stallions, combined with a Tampa Bay Bandits (3-4) loss against the Houston Gamblers (1-6) on Sunday, will clinch a playoff berth for New Orleans.

The USFL playoff road to Canton continues this weekend at historic Legion Field:

 

Pittsburgh Maulers at New Jersey Generals[x] (Friday, June 3 at 8:00 PM ET on USA)

New Orleans Breakers at Birmingham Stallions[x] (Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 PM ET on FOX)

Michigan Panthers at Philadelphia Stars (Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX)

Houston Gamblers[e] at Tampa Bay Bandits (Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 PM ET on Peacock)

[x] New Jersey & Birmingham clinched playoff berths                                 [e] Houston eliminated from playoff contention

The inaugural USFL playoffs will begin Saturday, June 25, as the top two teams in each division face each other in the league’s semifinals. The final two teams will play in the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3. Tickets for the USFL Playoffs and Championship Games in Canton are on sale through Ticketmaster at United States Football League (USFL) (hofvillage.com).

About the USFL

The United States Football League (USFL) is a new, independent football league that is not affiliated with the defunct 1980s league or its owners. The inaugural USFL season kicked off April 16 with eight teams split into two divisions: the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits in the South Division; and the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers in the North Division. Each team will play a 10-game regular-season in Birmingham. Playoff semifinals begin in Canton on June 25 between the top two teams in each division and a championship game on July 3 between division winners. Each USFL team carries a 40-man active roster plus a 10-man practice squad. Players receive base compensation and are eligible for victory bonuses. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are the League’s official media partners and will present all 43 regular- and postseason games on FOX, FS1, NBC, USA, or Peacock networks. Brian Woods is President of Football Operations, and former Dallas Cowboys standout and long-time NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating. For more information, visit theUSFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

SOURCE: Darryn James // Darryn.James@theUSFL.com

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