New Orleans Breakers complete comeback against Houston Gamblers

Posted: 09/05/2022 in USFL
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The New Orleans Breakers scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the game as they came from behind to defeat the Houston Gamblers 23-16 at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

New Orleans’ defense held Houston (1-3) to 155 yards, but struggled to overcome four turnovers by the Breakers offense.

Kyle Sloter completed 26 of 42 passes for 397 yards, but was intercepted three times. He threw one touchdown pass, a 29-yarder to Jonathan Dixon with 10 seconds left.

The winning drive started at the New Orleans 44 with 42 seconds left. Sloter’s 25-yard completion to tight end Sal Cannella helped the Breakers move to the Houston 29 setting up the game-winning touchdown pass.

The Breakers (3-1) turned the ball over three times in the first half and trailed 13-10 at the break. They got a 28-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet with 5:49 left in the third quarter to tie the score 13-13.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Houston held New Orleans on downs at the Gamblers 39, and drove 27 yards to set up a field goal. Nick Vogel’s 53-yarder gave Houston a 16-13 lead with 3:07 left.

Following the kickoff, New Orleans moved into field goal range setting up Bertolet’s 45-yarder to tie the score again.

Jordan Ellis had 104 yards rushing on 19 carries, and leads the league with 347 yards.

Sloter’s 1,054 yards passing is also a league-best as New Orleans leads the USFL in yards per game (383.8).

New Orleans returns to action on Saturday when it faces the New Jersey Generals (3-1) at 2 p.m.

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