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New Orleans Breakers Get First Shootout Overtime Win In USFL History Versus Michigan Panthers (31-27)

In what was unexpectedly one of the most exciting games of the season, The New Orleans Breakers (5-2) got a victory over the Michigan Panthers (1-6) in the USFL’s first-ever shootout overtime game, which ended with a final score of 31-27.

The Panthers started Josh Love at quarterback after acquiring the former Pittsburgh Mauler and releasing their former 1st round pick, Shea Patterson, earlier in the week. Despite being under heavy pressure throughout the matchup and the team taking the loss, Love played a great game and helped lead Michigan to one of their best performances of the season.

Quarterback Kyle Sloter got the start for New Orleans, but some early struggles led to backup Zach Smith seeing some playing time as well. While they got off to a slow start in the first quarter, the Breakers’ offense got rolling in the second, with Smith scoring the team’s first points on a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sal Canella. Sloter would take back over late in the second quarter and remained the starter for the rest of the game.

Josh Love and the Panthers put some decent drives together throughout, but couldn’t get into the endzone until the 4th quarter. However, Panthers kicker Cole Murphy kept the game tight, converting 4/5 total field goals on the day, with the longest being from 60 yards out. Murphy’s lone miss came on a 54-yard attempt with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter, giving New Orleans a final opportunity to win or tie the game.

On the last drive of regulation, Kyle Sloter and the Breakers’ offense drove 48 yards down the field, with wide receiver Jonathan Adams making a clutch catch while only 1 second remained on the clock. The play put Breakers kicker, Taylor Bertolet, in the perfect position to nail a 26-yard field goal which tied the game and took things to overtime.

After winning the coin toss in overtime, New Orleans chose to give the Panthers the first attempt to score. However, a bad snap over the head of Josh Love would throw that opportunity away. For the Breakers’ first shootout attempt, quarterback Kyle Sloter found running back Anthony Jones through the air on a 2-yard score to take the lead 29-27. Michigan responded with an incomplete pass, setting New Orleans up for a win by converting either one of their final two attempts. To put the game away on New Orleans’ second attempt, Sloter scrambled into the endzone, sealing the win with a final score of 31-27.

Box Score

New Orleans Breakers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Sloter15/2462.51827.620113.5
Smith5/862.5465.810117.7
TOTALS20/3262.52287.130
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
Ellis7426.0019
A Jones11343.1012
Smith2189.0011
Sloter231.503
J Adams1-8-8.00-8
TOTALS23893.9019
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Dixon34414.70234
Cannella44010.01175
Poindexter33712.30187
A Jones23316.51333
Ellis3268.70133
Taylor22010.00132
J Adams2189.01135
Chavis11010.00101
J Johnson00001
TOTALS2022811.433331
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Eisworth II7400010
Elder7300000
Fernandez720.51000
Diggs6500000
Alexander6400000
Bellamy6300000
Saint-Amour6201000
Frey6201000
Brown4200030
Chavis4100000
Crosswell3300000
Miller3201000
Soto310.50000
M Patterson3100010
Clarke3100010
Brooks2100000
Tongamoa1100020
Cannella1000000
T Johnson1000000
Taylor0000000
Ellis0000000
TOTALS793814080
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Taylor2100
Sloter1000
Sloter1000
J Adams1100
TOTALS5200
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dixon13434.0340
Taylor410025.0300
TOTALS513426.8340
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dixon188.080
TOTALS188.080
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Bertolet2/2100393/39
TOTALS2/2100393/39
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
White441.520480
TOTALS441.520480

Michigan Panthers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Love18/3748.61794.80062.8
J Walker1/1100.066.00091.7
TOTALS19/3850.01854.900
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
Corbin131088.3029
Scarlett6437.2136
Scott III11252.3110
Love4164.0011
TOTALS341925.6236
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Lenoir Jr.34715.70197
Ross23819.00324
Pettway33511.70206
J Walker4328.00119
Baugh3155.0085
O’Malley11010.00101
Davis166.0061
Scott III133.0031
Hyman00002
Scarlett1-1-1.00-11
TOTALS191859.703237
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Ginda13600000
Houston7501000
Hughes6500000
Williams Jr.5400010
Rahman5400000
Ki Williams4200000
Bailey3210000
Adeoye2201000
T Williams2200000
Martin2100010
Carter2000000
Scarlett2000000
Burrell1100010
Vainikolo1100000
Palmore1100000
Ross1000000
McMillan1000000
Hyman1000000
C Walker0000000
Ballard0000000
Murphy0000000
TOTALS593612030
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Love1000
Ki Williams0001
Bailey0001
Williams Jr.0010
Hyman0010
TOTALS1022
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Corbin510821.6320
TOTALS510821.6320
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Hyman22914.5170
TOTALS22914.5170
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Murphy4/580601/113
TOTALS4/580601/113
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
Kramer343.311490
TOTALS343.311490

Next Opponents

The New Orleans Breakers will face the Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 4th, at 12:00 pm PT on Fox.

The Michigan Panthers are set to take on the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday, June 5th, at 9:00 am PT on Fox.

Stay with USFL News Hub to the road to the playoffs.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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