New Jersey Generals defeat Michigan Panthers, 10-6, to win first game of the season

Posted: 23/04/2022 in USFL
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The New Jersey Generals won the first edition of “The Northern Duel,” defeating the Michigan Panthers, 10-6, at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday night.

After a Generals field goal in the first quarter, the Panthers were able to capitalize on an interception, scoring six to take the lead early in the second. New Jersey responded with a touchdown drive of their own, leading 10-6 at the half. Running back Darius Victor scored that touchdown for the Generals, his first of the season. He led the team in rushing with 40 yards on 11 carries.

The second half was scoreless, with both teams making unsuccessful field goal attempts. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson led a late game surge, converting on fourth-and-20 to give the Panthers a last shot at the end zone. The Generals’ pass rush shut Patterson down, sealing the win for New Jersey, their first of the season.

Head coaches for Michigan Panthers and New Jersey Generals

Both teams are led by veteran head coaches with NFL experience Michigan head coach Jeff Fisher spent 22 years as an NFL head coach with the Oilers/Titans and Rams. This is his first head coaching job since leaving the Rams during the 2016 season. Meanwhile, New Jersey is led by Mike Riley, who was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three seasons from 1999-2001. Despite overlapping for three seasons as NFL head coaches, this was Fisher and Riley’s first meeting.

Panthers vs. Generals score, results, highlights

Final score: Michigan Panthers 6, New Jersey Generals 10

1st quarter, 5:25 (Generals): N.Rose 21 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Flanick, Holder-B.Miller.

2nd quarter, 13:39 (Panthers): C.Scarlett rushed up the middle to NJ End Zone for 4 yards. C.Scarlett for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 2:00 (Generals): D.Victor rushed up the middle to MICH 1 for 1 yards. Tackled by S.Williams, C.DeMoor at MICH 1. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane and the play was overturned. D.Victor rushed up the middle to MICH End Zone for 2 yards. D.Victor for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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