The USFL's inaugural postseason got underway Saturday on FOX when the North's top-seeded New Jersey Generals faced the No. 2 seed Philadelphia Stars in the semifinals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The Stars, who lost to the Generals twice in the regular season, pulled off a stunner, earning a 19-14 victory.
The Stars advance to play in the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Tickets for the USFL playoffs and championship games are on sale at United States Football League (USFL) (hofvillage.com).
Here are the top plays from Saturday's first game.
Philadelphia marched down the field in a hurry on the opening possession ending with a Luis Aguilar field goal to give the Stars the first lead of the game.
Mazzi Wilkins gave Philadelphia the ball with a huge interception in the second quarter. Wilkins caught the ball on the Stars' 4-yard line and ended up on New Jersey's 13.
A couple of plays later, Case Cookus extended the lead to 10-0 with an eight-yard touchdown run for the final score of the first half.
The second half began with a little controversy as New Jersey's Cam Echols-Luper fumbled the kickoff return.
On the very next possession, the Generals intercepted Cookus to get the ball back. On second-and-8, quarterback Luis Perez found Darrius Shepherd for a 63-yard strike downfield to put New Jersey in scoring position.
On fourth down, New Jersey got on the board when Darius Victor punched it in for a one-yard touchdown. The score cut the Stars' lead to 10-7.
With 10:46 to play, KaVontae Turpin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead for the Generals.
Maurice Alexander Jr. gave the Stars the lead back, 19-15, with 1:41 remaining on an 88-yard punt return. The two-point attempt failed.
Philadelphia hung on for the win, as an interception by Amani Dennis ended the game.