Birmingham Stallions dominates New Orleans 47-22 to punch ticket to USFL Championship Game

Birmingham Stallions won the South Division Championship at Protective Stadium (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

The Birmingham Stallions are going back to Canton, Ohio—the birthplace of professional football—to defend their USFL title.

Dominant Performance

L to R – Stallions QB Alex McGough, Coach Skip Holtz and CB Brian Allen (Pat Byington/Bham now)

Led by their mercurial quarterback Alex McGough, the Stallions won the USFL South Divisional Championship 47-22 over the New Orleans Breakers Sunday night in front of an enthusiastic Protective Stadium crowd and national television audience on FOX.

A dominant performance, after falling behind 7-3, the Stallions shutdown the Breakers and proceeded to score on their next six possessions, scoring 34 unanswered points. 

“I thought for the first three quarters this football team probably played as complete a football game as we can play,” Stallions Head Coach Skip Holtlz  told the media after the game.

McGough ended up passing for 310 yards, rushing for 84 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns — 4 through the air and one on the ground. 

Fans Made a Difference

Birmingham Stallions “Sharkdog” fans at Protective Stadium (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Coach Holtz thanked and credited the thousands of Stallions fans that turned out for the game, despite severe weather alerts issued by the U.S. National Weather Service before the game.

“Birmingham is awesome. They are so supportive of us. The way they come out here. They’re loud. I love them.”

Next Up

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The Stallion takes the field (Birmingham Stallions)

Now 9-2 on the season and peaking at the right time, the Stallions will take on North Division champion Pittsburgh (5-6) in the 2023 USFL Championship game on July 1. 

The game will be held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The contest will air on NBC. 

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Pat Byington
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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