Stallions, USFL and Birmingham for the win! [Photos]

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Sunset during the Birmingham Stallions v. New Jersey Generals inaugural USFL game at Protective Stadium on April 16, 2022. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

If you are a football fan, last night’s inaugural  United States Football League game featuring our hometown  Birmingham Stallions against the hated New Jersey Generals did not disappoint — especially the 4th quarter.

A defensive struggle most of the evening,  both teams scored 24 points in the final period. Stallions backup quarterback J’Mar Smith, stepped up big time leading a last minute game-winning stampede, scoring the go ahead touchdown with less than 30 seconds on the clock. 

Final score: 

  • Birmingham Stallions – 28
  • New Jersey Generals – 24

Broadcast Nationally By Two Networks

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Scenes from the Birmingham Stallions v. New Jersey Generals inaugural USFL game at Protective Stadium on April 16, 2022. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

The Easter Eve USFL matchup was broadcast live on national television for the first time since Super Bowl I by two competing networks — FOX and NBC. 17,500 fans made it out to Protective Stadium, despite gloomy weather all-day and at game time . By the end of the first quarter, the skies cleared. Fans on the east side of Protective were treated to a spectacular sunset.

The crowd was an incredible mix of young and old. Since kids were allowed in for free, lots of families were in attendance.

“It is better than it was years ago,” Kenneth Dukes, a Stallions fan from Montevallo told us. “The last USFL game I went to was in the 10th grade. The atmosphere is tremendously better. I really appreciate what Birmingham is doing by having something on this level. It’s an  awesome event, and for Birmingham to host for the entire season, can’t beat it.” 

Wish you were there? Here are some of our favorite moments during the evening captured by Bham Now photographer Jacob Blakenship. 

 

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Next Up – Tripleheader

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USFL Football inside Protective Stadium. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

There are three opportunities to watch the USFL on Sunday, April 17th at Protective Stadium.

 Here is the lineup:

  • Houston Gamblers v. Michigan Panthers – 11:00 AM
  • Philadelphia Stars v. New Orleans Breakers – 3:00PM
  • Tampa Bay Bandits v. Pittsburgh Maulers – 7:00 PM

Reserve your tickets at theUSFL.com  today and all season long.

Did you go to the game? Share your photos with us on social media by tagging us at  @bhamnow 

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Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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