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October 19, 2021

The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music playoffs got off to a furious start after the No. 11 seeded Las Vegas Fury stunned the Queen City Corsairs in the opener. Here’s how the whole weekend went down and what the historical significance of each game was.

No. 11 Las Vegas 34, No. 6 Queen City 20

The Fury trailed 3-0 early before a Merrick Itera pick-6 helped swing momentum to the birds.

Las Vegas built a 21-3 advantage before Queen City was able to strike back on a 1-yard Jett Zero touchdown, but Queen City was unable to stop Vegas’ deep passing game led by Mason Kirby, John Blades and rookie quarterback Joseph Green – who continues to impress as the season has gone on. Green is the only rookie quarterback left in the playoffs.

For the Corsairs – who was playing their first home playoff game in over three years – they finish a 6-0 start with a 2-5 finish, eliminated far sooner than they had hoped. Las Vegas advances to face top-seeded Baltimore in the Quarterfinals – Sunday 3:00 pm ET on For the Fans.

No. 10 London 28, No. 7 Arizona 47

While this game appeared competitive by the final score, Arizona took a 44-0 lead in the third quarter to bury the London Knights in the UK’s SFL Postseason debut.

Arizona was sensational on both sides of the ball, holding down a Knights offense that refused to run. Instead, quarterback Johnny Pichler was intercepted six times – three by Vernard Smith.

London scored 28 points late thanks in part to recovering two onside kicks, but way too much damage was already done. It was the first home playoff game for Arizona since purchasing Oklahoma City and relocating to Phoenix and is the second-consecutive trip to the postseason for the franchise.

After eight seasons in London, the Knights cracked the big dance but failed to deliver – better luck next year. Arizona will travel to Atlanta in the quarterfinal round Saturday October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on Next Level Sports and FTF Twitch.

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No. 9 Los Angeles 10, No. 8 Charleston 29

A critical failed fourth down conversion for Los Angeles flipped momentum to the Predators to start Sunday’s Wild Card doubleheader, helping Charleston to a 29-10 victory.

The Lycans were up 10-9 in the third quarter when they decided to try and convert their 4th-and-1. It failed and Charleston scored 20 unanswered to win the ball game. Other big plays like Robert Johnson’ fumble recovered by Charleston’s Johnny Bravo (forced by Josh Riese) and Cory Mennor’s one-handed interception helped keep Charleston in front.

Los Angeles exited the first round for the second-straight season, but has managed to make the postseason in each of the first two seasons since new owners Tom Ramen and Rachelle Colston took over the operation.

Charleston won their first playoff game since relocating to South Carolina – and the first for the franchise since Season 10. Charleston was also under new ownership this season – with a new coaching staff – and hopes to continue momentum in the quarterfinals at Florida, Sunday October 24 at 1:00 pm ET on For the Fans.

No. 12 St. Louis 31, No. 5 Vancouver 38

In another postseason Canadian Classic, Vancouver outlasted St. Louis 38-31, erasing a 17-3 deficit late in the second quarter.

Vancouver has now won four consecutive playoff home openers, including a 21-0 comeback against Atlanta and an overtime victory over Jacksonville. The Legion will visit No. 4 Mexico City in the quarterfinals Saturday October 23 at 4:00 pm ET on the SFL family of networks.

The Gladiators scored the game’s first points in four plays with a touchdown. Their six contracted skill players on offense all touched the ball on the first six plays, but it was Vancouver’s balance offensively that stole the show in the second half.

After ties at 17, 24 and 31, Vancouver capped the win with a fourth quarter score and Robert Redford’s third down conversion that helped bleed the clock. St. Louis is now 0-3 in its playoff history, despite making the postseason three of the last four seasons.

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