BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 6, 2022 – The USFL playoff road to Canton takes a big turn in upcoming Week 9, as the Tampa Bay Bandits and New Orleans Breakers collide in one of the most important games of the inaugural season. With two weeks left in the regular season, both teams control their own playoff destinies.
Sunday, a Tampa Bay (4-4) victory meant the Bandits can claim the fourth and final USFL playoff spot if they win their final two games. But to get to Canton, they must first go through South Division rival New Orleans on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on FOX.
New Orleans (5-3) can clinch a postseason berth with a win over Tampa Bay. The Breakers dominated the Bandits 34-3 back in Week 2, but Tampa Bay Head Coach Todd Haley expects a more competitive game this time around.
"I’m grateful that we get the opportunity to play a meaningful game against a team that really kicked our pants the first time around," Haley said. "But it is a meaningful game, and we’ve got a lot more (video) to be able to study and prepare for."
Also yesterday, the Philadelphia Stars (5-3) earned a victory to claim the third postseason spot and set up a playoff battle against North Division rival New Jersey Generals (7-1). The South Division regular-season champion Birmingham Stallions (8-0) have also clinched a playoff berth and will play either the Breakers or Bandits on June 25.
The USFL playoff road to Canton continues this weekend at Birmingham’s Protective Stadium:
New Jersey Generals[x] at Michigan Panthers[e] (Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 PM ET on NBC)
Houston Gamblers[e] at Birmingham Stallions[x] (Saturday, June 11 at 6:00 PM ET on USA)
Tampa Bay Bandits at New Orleans Breakers (Sunday, June 12 at 4:00 PM ET on FOX)
Philadelphia Stars[x] at Pittsburgh Maulers[e] (Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 PM ET on FS1)
[x] New Jersey & Birmingham & Philadelphia clinched playoff berths [e] Houston & Pittsburgh & Michigan eliminated from playoff contention
The top two teams in each division will meet in the inaugural USFL playoffs on Saturday, June 25, with two games played that day at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. The New Jersey Generals will clash against the Philadelphia Stars to determine the North Division Champion. The Birmingham Stallions will face either the New Orleans Breakers or the Tampa Bay Bandits to decide the South Division Champion. The winners will play in the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3. Tickets for the USFL Playoffs and Championship games are on sale at United States Football League (USFL) (hofvillage.com).