Apollos complete comeback, clinch home field advantage
It went down to the wire, but the Apollos prevailed 34-31 over the Memphis Express to clinch home-field advantage in the AAF playoffs. The Apollos had trailed by three with less than 5 minutes to go.
It was a mistake-filled game for both teams. The Apollos set a new Alliance record for penalty yards in a game at 147 yards. Memphis countered with 112 penalties. Both teams had their share of dropped passes and turnovers, with Orlando again leading the charge with 3 turnovers. Still, the Apollos managed to get turnovers at opportune times, including the game-sealing interception by Earl Okine in the closing minutes.
Garrett Gilbert played his worst game of the season, throwing two interceptions and adding a fumble that was returned for a
Charles Johnson was once again Gilbert’s favorite target, hauling in eight passes out of 12 targets for 135 yards and a touchdown. Despite his impressive stats, Johnson also struggled early in the game, uncharacteristically dropping passes.
The Apollos will close out the Alliance season with two home games. First up is a matchup with the San Diego Fleet. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network, with first snap set for 8 pm EST.
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