by: noodles - Wednesday 04 February 2015 - 02:27:18
In front of a packed house at MetLife Stadium, it was a calm yet cold day as the Salem Steers battled the Atlanta Alligators.
Salem won the toss and deferred, and Atlanta immediately struck. On the second play of the game, Russell Wilson hit Pierre Garcon for 60 yards, setting up a 1st and goal from the 10. Salem held however, so Atlanta settled for a FG. Atlanta 3 Salem 0
Salem got the ball and quickly moved into field goal position, but stalled and settled as well. Atlanta 3 Salem 3
Atlanta got the ball, and on a 3rd and 21, Wilson hit Julio Jones for 26 yards. Atlanta once again settled for a FG but took the lead. Atlanta 6 Salem 3
Once again Salem moved the ball as well, down to the Atlanta 26. But LB Lawrence Timmons intercepted a Sam Bradford pass. On the very next play, Wilson hit Garcon on a screen pass, and Pierre took it 76 yards for the TD! Atlanta 13 Salem 6
On the 2nd play of Salem's next drive, CB Keenan Lewis stepped in front of a Bradford pass for another interception! Atlanta could not move the ball, but already in FG range, Scobee hit from 44 to extend the lead. Atlanta 16 Salem 3
Salem had seen enough. Enter Michael Vick. On Vick's 5th snap of the day, he too threw an INT, as Lewis picked off his second of the day. Atlanta stalled, punting for the first time. Salem took over at the 20 and slowly moved the ball down the field. A 15 play drive that took 7 minutes off the clock.
Salem reached the 2 yard line and faced 4th down. Salem decided to go for it on 4th and goal from the two, and Bradford connected with Alshon Jeffrey. A big conversion that put Salem back in the game. Atlanta 16 Salem 10
Atlanta took over with 1:12 left in the half. After two quick runs, Wilson threw 3 incomplete passes. Morehead's punt only went 31 yards and Tandon Doss brought it back 14, putting Salem on their own 43. Bradford found Jeffrey for 23 yard and he stepped out with 2 seconds left. Adam Vinatieri hit from 52 yards as time expired, and what looked like an Atlanta romp was now tight.
Halftime:Atlanta 16 Salem 13
Salem took over to start the 3rd, and Bradford found his groove on a 15 play, 80 yard drive, going 7 for 9 on the drive that ended with a Chris Ivory 4 yard TD run, and Salem had their first lead of the game. Atlanta 16 Salem 20
Atlanta would move into Salem territory quickly, thanks to a Wilson to Dez Bryant completion for 21 yards. However, Wilson could not connect on back to back downs, forcing a punt. Salem took over on their 8 yard line and fed Chris Ivory 9 times on a 12 play drive that ended with Bradford connecting with Victor Cruz for a 23 yard TD pass. Atlanta 16 Salem 27
With 13 minutes left, Atlanta still had time. But Russell Wilson fumbled on the 2nd play of their drive. Ivory ran 6 times to the 1 yard line where Salem kicked a FG. Again Atlanta got the ball, but Wilson got picked off by Tyron Mathieu, which pretty much sealed the deal.
Final:Atlanta 16 Salem 33
Despite throwing 2 early INTs and briefing getting bench, Sam Bradford was named MVP, going 17 for 22 with 239 yards and 2 TDs.
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Wednesday 28 January 2015
2015 Super Bowl
by: noodles - Wednesday 28 January 2015 - 02:32:26
The 2014-2015 KRFL Super Bowl matchup is set. The Atlanta Alligators vs. the Salem Steers.
Let's review how we go here:
During the off-season, the Alligators acquired QB Russell Wilson in a trade with Cleveland filling in the missing piece for a franchise that has come up short in recent years. Despite modest passing numbers, Wilson led a rag tag group of over-achieving running backs to over 2600 yds in rushing with a 5 yd per carry average. Their grind it out philosophy of keeping the games close led them to a 12-4 regular season record where they won games by a scant 4.2 point average margin. Atlanta barely squeaked by Lakeland (final score: 16-15) to face the juggernaut that was Penn State who at 15-1 were presumptive favorites to win out. The conference championship was not without a little controversy as QB Josh McCown's tired arm led to the second-half substitution of turnover prone Geno Smith and an Atlanta victory. The league is still sorting through the ambiguous usage penalties defined by the game engine but has certified Atlanta's remarkable win.
Salem shares the same ball control offensive approach as Atlanta. In a season where high-powered passing attacks seemed to dominate, it is noteworthy that the old school formula of run first and often then play good defense yielded the two contenders. Salem's success this year was a mild surprise as they traded away some key players in the off-season and appeared to be settling in for a re-building year. With a winning record at the season's midpoint, Salem made aggressive trades to obtain Colin Kaepernick, Victor Cruz, Marcel Reece and Tony Gonzalez and solidify a roster with some major offensive holes. At 13-3, the Steers were the second-seeded team going into the playoffs and beat Waunakee before facing the perennially strong New York Hitmen in the conference championship. A bit of luck helped them there as coach Jeff Paulson recalls: "I am still not sure how we slowed down New York and Peyton Manning. It took a fumble at the one year line, and then a 94 yard run to beat him. In our first playoff game. They were moving up and down the field, yet twice we stopped them inside the ten yard line and they had to settle for field goals. They could have easily blown us out." Opposing coach Cliff Dolgins reported the game changing play occured with NY up 13-7 when at "3rd and 1 at the 1 yard line Reggie Bush fumbles and 2 plays later Chris Ivory takes it 96 yards and momentum changes."
Game Preview With two teams that are so similar, the slight differences will likely determine the winner. Salem clearly has the better defense while Atlanta has an edge in the passing game. Salem coach Paulson said at his press conference that "they have two of the best wide receivers in all of football [Pierre Garcon and Dez Bryant]! That is going to be a very tough matchup for us. We are going to have to double team those two often and even that will only slow them down a little." Atlanta coach Valentino Montalbano (speaking through a translator) says "their lines of attack and defense are what scare me most." The keys for the game for him are keeping the the score close and timely passing from QB Wilson with the Salem secondary being "the only [weak area] in a "not unbeatable" Salem [team]." For Paulson, the Steers must limit turnovers. "Atlanta is going to put some points up on the board, and we have to be able to move the ball and match them. We have to figure out a way to slow down their two stud wide receivers and not allow their run game to go wild. Finally, we have to make those big plays at the right time. Guys have to step up at the right time."
A big congratulations to both teams for getting to the big game and a bigger congrats to everyone in the KRFL for making this another fun and successful season.
I have uploaded two versions of a 2015 Salary Spreadsheet to the League Files section on the website:
An Excel Version (in Excel 2010, a .xlsx file)
An Adobe Reader (.PDF) version
This is your salary spreadsheet BEFORE you make any 2015 Roster Cuts and you give contracts to 2014 Rookies and 2014 Free Agents. Any Veteran Player with a contract that expired after the 2014 season has been removed from your roster. Any Veteran who tender eligible in the 2015 free agent draft appears at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
If you find any errors or have any questions, please send me an email.
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Thursday 08 January 2015
Salary Spreadsheet as of the End of the 2014 Regular Season