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Michigan Panthers lose heartbreaker in USFL North Division Championship Game


The Michigan Panthers are going home. Just moments ago, the Panthers came up just short of taking care of business in the USFL North Division Championship game losing to the Pittsburgh Maulers by a score of 31-27.

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Michigan Panthers lose heartbreaker in USFL North Division Championship Game

After trailing for the second week in a row, the Panthers once again showed that they have no quit as they came from behind against the Maulers. Panthers quarterback E.J. Perry led the way for the Panthers as he completed 23-of-38 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception. Perry also rushed the ball seven times for 22 yards and a touchdown.

E.J. Perry takes matters into his own hands

Following an amazing 59-yard field goal by Maulers’ kicker Chris Blewitt, the Panthers trailed 20-17 with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. That’s when Perry took things into his own hands by hitting Trey Quinn for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Panthers the lead with just 2:04 remaining in the game.

Maulers refuse to go without a fight

Rather than accept their demise, the Maulers proceeded to drive all the way down the field before scoring on fourth-and-goal play to take the 27-24 lead with under a minute remaining in the game. The scoring play came when Maulers quarterback Troy Williams connected with wide receiver Ishmael Hyman for a six-yard touchdown with just 39 seconds remaining.

One kick for overtime

Perry had 39 seconds to get the Panthers into field goal position and that is exactly what he did before Panthers kicker Cole Murphy drilled a 47-yard kick to send the game to overtime. Check it out.

Key Points

  • The Panthers got down early before coming back to take the lead on multiple occasions
  • When all was said and done, the Maulers got the last laugh
  • The Panthers came up one game short of the USFL Championship Game.

Overtime proves to be too much for the Panthers

In overtime, see the rules here, the Maulers successfully converted their first two conversion attempts, while the Panthers failed on both tries. When all was said and done, the Maulers advanced to the USFL Championship Game with a 31-27 win.

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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