Just Like Old Times! Philadelphia Stars Advance to the 2022 USFL Championship Game

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia Stars (6-4) upset the New Jersey Generals (9-1) 19-14 in the USFL playoffs to advance to the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3 in Canton, Ohio.  

Whatโ€™s old is new again, or something like that.  Itโ€™s only appropriate that the Stars, the winningest team in the original USFL, have punched their ticket to the title game.  Even more so doing it by beating their โ€œrivalโ€ from the Garden State (of Alabama) in the process. 

The Stars will take on the winner of the Birmingham-New Orleans semifinal.  

 


The Stars, winners of five of their last six, took the lead with 1:41 remaining in regulation when wide reciever Maurice Alexander took a punt 88-yards to the house.  Defensive back Amani Dennis sealed the Stars win when he picked off New Jersey's Luis Perez with 1:11 remaining in the contest.  Saturday marked the first time the Stars have beaten the Genreals, they were previously 0-2, and the first time New Jersey has lost in nine-weeks.  

The original Philadelphia Stars appeared in the first two USFL Championship games, winning the 1984 championship 23-3 over Arizona.  The Stars franchise moved their games to Baltimore for the 1985 season despite training in the Philadelphia area.  The โ€˜85 Stars would also go on to win the USFL Championship.  

Kickoff is set for Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 PM from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.  The game will be televised by FOX Sports.

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