Breakers vs. Stallions live score, updates, highlights from 2022 USFL playoff game


The New Orleans Breakers were unable to beat the Birmingham Stallions during their first two meetings in 2022. Birmingham won both games by single-digits as part of its eight-game winning streak to open the season.

Now, the two will do battle once again in the USFL playoffs with the Breakers looking to finally get over the hump and beat their South Division rival.

Each of the games that the Stallions have won were defensive battles. They won the first meeting 22-13 and the second 10-9.

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In each contest, Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter struggled against Birmingham’s strong defense; he threw four of his 11 interceptions against the Stallions compared to just two touchdowns. He will need to improve for the Breakers to have a chance to finally beat the one team they couldn’t this season.

The Stallions, meanwhile, will look to improve to 10-1 on the season and earn passage to the USFL championship. They will have to do so outside of Birmingham for the first time all season, so quarterback J’Mar Smith, running back Bo Scarbrough and wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. will need to bring their A-game against a tough New Orleans defense.

The Sporting News is live scoring updates and highlights from Breakers vs. Stallions game on Saturday. Follow for complete results from the 2022 USFL playoff game.

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Breakers vs. Stallions score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Breakers 7 7 3    
Stallions 0 21 0    

Breakers vs. Stallions live score, updates from USFL playoffs

All times Eastern.

10:26 p.m. — This time, the Breakers are unable to convert the third-and-long. Sloter throws a bit behind Taywan Taylor, who can’t make the catch through contact. The Breakers are forced to punt, and the Stallions get the ball inside their own 15 with 8:24 left in the game.

10:23 p.m. — New Orleans burns a timeout before a third-and-9. They now have two remaining.

10:21 p.m. — The Breakers stay red-hot on third-and-long, and Sal Cannella gets over 100 yards for the game. New Orleans is now over midfield, down seven with under 10 minutes remaining.

10:20 p.m. — Sloter is hit as he throws yet again. Nobody gets to the ball, but it sets up a third-and-10 for the Breakers, who are 4 of 5 on third-and-7-plus today.

10:19 p.m. — The Breakers begin their latest drive with another third-down conversion on a short Jordan Ellis run. Sal Cannella has nine catches for 95 yards, and seems poised to go over 100 yards for the game in short order.

Score: Stallions 24, Breakers 17

10:13 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. On third-and-9, the Breakers surprise the Stallions and play zone. Smith still had Bolden wide open in the end zone, but overshot him under pressure. Brandon Aubrey makes the 38-yard field goal and the Stallions extend their lead to seven.

10:10 p.m. — Skip Holtz dials up a quarterback draw at the perfect time. Smith runs right past a blitzer and takes the ball to the Breakers’ 20-yard line. The Stallions are threatening to make this a two-score game.

10:07 p.m. — The Breakers have missed so many scoring opportunities during the game and have a negative-2 turnover differential. Even their social media team seems to be bemoaning their missed opportunities.

End of third quarter: Stallions 21, Breakers 17

10:05 p.m. — The Stallions’ running game is continuing to hum. Bo Scarbrough is starting to wear on the Breakers defense as Birmingham crosses midfield and nears field goal range as the third quarter ends.

10:04 p.m. — J’Mar Smith nearly made a critical mistake on first down. He was under pressure off play action and threw the ball off his back foot. Breakers linebacker Jerod Fernandez nearly got to it, but he came up just short of the diving interception.

10:03 p.m. — The Stallions come out in a T formation on third-and-1. Bo Scarbrough gets the one yard needed to convert a first down.

9:58 p.m. — The Breakers field goal drive was a long one in more ways than one. It spanned 17 plays and took the first 10:21 of the third quarter off the clock. Birmingham will now get the ball back for the first time since the Hail Mary at the end of the second quarter.

Score: Stallions 21, Breakers 17

9:56 p.m. — FIELD GOAL. Sloter did well to avoid pressure and get a pass off, but the Stallions hold strong and knock the ball away from Sal Cannella. Taylor Bertolet ends the 17-play drive with a short field goal to cut the deficit to four.

9:55 p.m. — On second-and-goal, Jonathan Adams gets open in the end zone, but once again, he and Sloter couldn’t connect. It’s third down for the Breakers.

9:54 p.m. — New Orleans notches another third-down conversion. Cannella finds a weak spot in Birmingham’s zone defense and Sloter gets it to him with ease. First and goal, Breakers.

9:53 p.m. — Sloter just misses Sal Cannella in the end-zone for an open touchdown. The ball was tipped en route to the tight end. That sets up a third-and-11 for the Breakers.

9:51 p.m. — Sloter’s third-down groove continues. He converts a third-and-18 on a dart to Johnnie Dixon. The Breakers’ offensive line protected Sloter well on the 23-yard gain.

9:48 p.m. — After a risky flip pass by Sloter that fortunately fell incomplete, the Breakers quarterback finds Sal Cannella on third-and-12. That puts the Breakers just outside of field goal range.

9:46 p.m. — Anthony Jones is really getting it going to start the half. He takes his fourth straight carry up the middle and the Breakers are at midfield.

9:45 p.m. — We’re back in action, and New Orleans gains eight yards on its first play from scrimmage. Anthony Jones follows that up with another run for a first down, as he is starting to get it going a bit.

9:44 p.m. — The Breakers outgained the Stallions by nearly 100 yards in the first half but still trail be seven. That’s largely thanks to Victor Bolden’s kick return touchdown.

9:34 p.m. — Sloter had two interceptions in the first half against Birmingham, giving him six for the season against the Stallions. He has seven against the USFL’s other six teams combined.

9:32 p.m. — Something to watch coming out of halftime: J’Mar Smith had his helmet off and his fingers in his ears after his Hail Mary attempt. He wasn’t hit hard on the play, but it’s worth monitoring nonetheless.

End of first half: Stallions 21, Breakers 14

9:31 p.m. — The Stallions got across midfield, but they couldn’t get any further. Their Hail Mary sails out of bounds and that ends the first half.

9:28 p.m. — Indeed, Sloter and Morris’ missed connection proves costly. Tae Hayes jumps a route a picks off Sloter. The Stallions now have the ball with 22 seconds left. They will look to get into field goal range.

9:27 p.m. — Oof, Sloter had Lee Morris for a 33-yard touchdown, but Morris couldn’t find the ball. That could prove costly.

9:25 p.m. — Anthony Jones gets the Breakers started with a 30-yard gain off a screen pass. New Orleans is now on the verge of field goal range at the Birmingham 33-yard line.

9:24 p.m. — Ezra Gray makes another nice return and gets it to the 37-yard line. The Breakers have 47 seconds and two timeouts left as they look to answer the Stallions.

Score: Stallions 21, Breakers 14

9:22 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Well, the tie didn’t last long. Victor Bolden Jr. takes the ensuing kickoff return to the house, as the Breakers parted right up the middle and Bolden broke two tackles to get to the house. The Stallions are back out in front with 53 seconds left in the first half.

Score: Stallions 14, Breakers 14

9:19 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Larry Fedora makes the gutsy call to go for it on fourth-and-4, and it pays off. Sloter dumps it off to running back Jordan Ellis, who breaks a tackle and gets into open space. After a block from Sal Cannella, Ellis finds his way into the end zone to tie things up after Bertolet makes the extra point.

9:15 p.m. — The Breakers faced another third down, but Sloter misfired low to an open Anthony Jones out of the backfield. On fourth-and-4 from the Birmingham 35, New Orleans has a decision to make. The Breakers had the offense on the field but called timeout before they could run a play.

9:10 p.m. — Cannella is having a big drive. He just caught another mid-length pass for a first down. That’s followed up by a connection between Sloter and Jonathan Adams that gets the Breakers over midfield. New Orleans is on the move as we reach the two-minute warning.

9:08 p.m. — A wild sequence in Canton: the Breakers notch a third-down conversion, but its called back by offensive pass interference. On the next play, Sloter finds Cannella, who makes some magic happen after the catch to get the first down… except he fumbles. The Stallions have a clear shot at it, but they end up putting it back in the Breakers’ hands. So, after all that, first down, New Orleans.

9:02 p.m. — The Stallions stall out after picking up a first down. Smith went to Scarbrough on third down with the Breakers blitzing again, but Jerod Fernandez tackled Scarbrough two yards shy of the first. Colby Wadman punts it down to the Breakers’ 12-yard line, and the field has been flipped once again.

9:00 p.m. — New Orleans has a coverage bust on second down, and that allows J’Mar Smith to find Adrian Hardy for a 23-yard gain.

8:56 p.m. — Well, the Breakers almost converted the third-and-19, but they come up a yard short. They decide to punt, and it’s a good choice. Matt White gets a great roll on his punt and the Stallions are backed up to their own 9-yard line.

8:54 p.m. — The Breakers’ response hasn’t been great. Jordan Ellis was tackled four a big loss on a first-down dump-off. Then, after Jonathan Adams made a nice catch to set up a third-and-manageable, he is whistled for taunting. Third-and-19 for the Breakers.

8:51 p.m. — Sloter has now thrown five interceptions in 10 quarters of football against the Stallions. He will have to respond to his latest as the Breakers trail for the first time in their playoff history.

Score: Stallions 14, Breakers 7

8:48 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. Two plays after a nearly disastrous pick-six, Sloter actually throws one. Sloter was hit on the play and the ball knuckled into DeMarquis Gates’ arms. Gates returns it all the way for a touchdown to give the Stallions a seven-point lead.

8:47 p.m. — Noel Mazzone dials up a nice play on third down. Johnnie Dixon comes out of the backfield and makes a man miss after Sloter hits him with the short pass. First down, Breakers.

8:46 p.m. — After picking up a first down, Sloter nearly makes a crushing mistake. Tae Hayes made a break on an out route and Sloter was late on the throw. Hayes couldn’t intercept it, but if he did, it may have gone the other way for six.

8:44 p.m. — The Breakers get a solid return out of Ezra Gray, who breaks a couple of tackles and gets the ball to the 34-yard line. Sloter and Co. return to the field, looking to score again on their second drive.

8:42 p.m. — Kyle Sloter has been dealing with a plethora of injuries during the USFL season. He confirmed to sideline reporter Corey Robinson after New Orleans’ first touchdown that he isn’t operating at 100 percent; his coach classified it at closer to 70 percent.

Score: Breakers 7, Stallions 7

8:40 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. New Orleans brings an all-out blitz on third-and-8, but the Stallions are ready for it. J’Mar Smith finds Osirus Mitchell for an easy score. Brandon Aubrey converts on the extra point, and we have a tie game at the 14:50 mark in the second quarter.

End of first quarter: Breakers 7, Stallions 0

8:36 p.m. — Bolden catches a screen pass for a two-yard gain as the first quarter comes to an end. The Stallions have the ball at New Orleans’ 23-yard line, but the Breakers will lead after the first.

8:34 p.m. — Scarbrough makes another man miss on a checkdown out of the backfield. Birmingham is now in field goal range, but Scarbrough leaves the field for a moment, appearing winded.

8:33 p.m. — The Stallions convert another first down on a third-and-11. Smith dumped the ball off to Bo Scarbrough, who made Adonis Alexander miss a tackle to make the line to gain.

8:31 p.m. — Osirus Mitchell makes a great high-point catch to cross midfield. He had to go way up to get it and was hit hard coming to the ground. The Stallions have another first down and are getting closer to field goal range.

8:30 p.m. — J’Mar Smith faces a third-and-5 and is able to convert it. He gets the ball to Marlon Williams, who gets just past the line to gain for the second Stallions first down of the contest.

8:27 p.m. — The Breakers are better on kick coverage the second time around. They force Victor Bolden Jr. out of bounds at the Stallions’ 30. Smith and Co. return and look to answer the Breakers’ opening score.

8:24 p.m. — Interesting note: New Orleans ran it on all three of their third-and-goal opportunities. Two were zone reads and the third was a pitch. We’ll see if that trend continues in the red zone.

Score: Breakers 7, Stallions 0

8:23 p.m. —TOUCHDOWN. The Breakers strike first on a third-and-goal run by USFL’s rushing leader, Jordan Ellis. Sloter pitches him the ball and he gets the angle to get through the Birmingham defense. Taylor Bertolet converts on the extra point to make it a 7-0 game.

8:20 p.m. — The Breakers convert their first third-down attempt of the game despite Sloter being under pressure. He saw tight end Sal Cannella over the middle fo the field and flipped the ball to him while being grabbed by DeMarquis Gates. First and goal, Breakers.

8:18 p.m. — New Orleans gets off to a great start on their first play from scrimmage. Kyle Sloter finds Taywan Taylor, who makes a one-handed catch for a big game. Now, the Breakers are in field goal range at the 31.

8:16 p.m. —  The Breakers are certainly motivated to beat the Stallions for the first time this season. Center Jared Thomas was pumped up about not losing a third time in his pregame speech. We’ll see if that carries over to their first offensive drive.

8:15 p.m. — MISSED FIELD GOAL. Aubrey’s field goal attempt is NO GOOD, missing just wide to the left. The Stallions remain scoreless and after the stop, the Breakers are set up near midfield for their first possession.

8:14 p.m. — After getting the first down, the Stallions sputter. Marable gains three but then Smith bobbles a snap and Osirus Mitchell drops a potential first-down catch. They’ll attempt a long field goal.

8:12 p.m. — Birmingham is already in scoring range. C.J. Marable rips off solid gains on his first two carries to get to the 32-yard line. They are in field goal range for former MLS player turned kicker, Brandon Aubrey.

8:10 p.m. — New Orleans is kicking off to start the game. Taylor Bertolet kicks the ball deep to Victor Bolden Jr., who brings it back to the Breakers’ 45-yard line. J’Mar Smith will start the game with great field position.

8:07 p.m. — The National Anthem is in the books, so the game will begin imminently. NBC is just getting in one more commercial break before it starts.

8:03 p.m. — Breakers coach Larry Fedora has one goal for today’s game. “Take care of the ball,” he says. Sloter threw four interceptions in two games against Birmingham.

8:02 p.m. — The teams are taking the field, with the Stallions wearing red and the Breakers in white. The broadcasters, Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett, are noting that Birmingham has yet to play outside its home city, so this game could be a test for them.

7:54 p.m. — Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter is ready to go today, and he is going to be backed up by Shea Patterson instead of Zach Smith. Patterson outplayed Smith, who was Sloter’s regular backup all season long, so Larry Fedora evidently feels better with Patterson in reserve for this playoff game.

7:45 p.m. — The Philadelphia Stars pulled off the upset of the New Jersey Generals earlier in the day thanks to a late punt return touchdown by Maurice Alexander. That means that the winner of Breakers vs. Stallions will take on the Bart Andrus-coached, Case Cookus-backed Stars, who went 6-4 during the regular season.

7:30 p.m. — Both the Breakers and Stallions were hyped up as they prepared to play at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Here’s video of each squad heading into the game.

What channel is Breakers vs. Stallions on today?

  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: Peacock | fuboTV

The second USFL playoff game of the league’s semifinal Saturday will be broadcast on NBC. Jac Collinsworth will be the play-by-play announcer for the game while former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett will provide analysis.

Corey Robinson will serve as the sideline reporter with Sara Perlman hosting halftime coverage.

Cord cutters will be able to watch Saturday’s game with fuboTV, which will provide access to all three of the USFL’s playoff games in 2022 and comes with a free trial.

Breakers vs. Stallions start time

  • Date: Saturday, June 25
  • Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET. 

The Breakers vs. Stallions game will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 25. The contest will take place at Tom Benson Stadium, which is located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

USFL playoff schedule 2022

USFL semifinals

Saturday, June 25

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Stars vs. Generals 3 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
Breakers vs. Stallions 8 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

USFL championship game

Sunday, July 3

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
TBD 7:30 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

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