Relive the SFL’s 16th postseason below, capped off by an instant classic Championship Game.
No. 2 Florida 30, No. 1 Denver 31
In a battle of two Goliaths, the 3x Champion Florida Storm visited the Season 13 Champion Denver Nightwings and lived up to the hype. Featuring the league’s most accurate quarterback of the player progression era – Florida’s Ron Cockren – and this season’s near unanimous MVP – Denver running back Jarrod McChesney – the title game came down to the wire, decided by another future Hall-of-Famer, Denver kicker Kramer Jackman booted through a game-winning field goal as time expired and Denver got their second Championship with a 31-30 victory.
The battle featured 10 lead changes in a game where no team ever led by two possessions and the largest lead of the game was six – a 27-21 edge Florida held in the fourth quarter before collapsing. Denver led 21-17 at the half and after 10 straight from the Storm out of the break, the Nightwings scored 10 in the fourth quarter to win it all. The Nightwings dominated time of possession, compiling 76 offensive plays to Florida’s 46.
The key to the game was Denver’s performance in the red zone, converting all three trips into touchdowns. Florida did not make a single visit inside the 20 and Ron Cockren, though he did complete 21 of his 30 throws, through an interception looking for Steven Bush inside the Denver 10. Josh Miller was electric – 42/52 passing, for 329 yards.
The game’s MVP, McChesney, accounted for the first three touchdowns for the Nightwings with 152 rushing yards on 16 carries and 85 yards on 14 receptions, totaling 237 all-purpose yards.
It was the first SFL Championship Game to be won on a game-winning field goal as time expired. It’s the second SFL Championship to finish with a final score of 31-30. Season 5’s D.C. Dragons defeated the Santa Fe Gorillas 31-30 on a game-winning touchdown in the final minute. The 31-30 score is the second repeat score in league history. Season 2 and Season 4’s Championship finished with a 42-24 final. The 16th Championship Game was the seventh season-decider to be won by eight points or less.
No. 4 Vancouver 23, No. 1 Denver 42
No. 3 Baltimore 13, No. 2 Florida 27
No. 11 Arizona 29, No. 1 Denver 35
Wild Card Round –
No. 12 Los Angeles 13, No. 5 Fort Worth 31
No. 11 Arizona 24, No. 6 Mexico City 21
No. 9 Jacksonville 27, No. 8 Lone Star 32
No. 10 Las Vegas 33, No. 7 St. Louis 21