Five Under-The-Radar Games Worth Re-Watching During XFL Feast on Football
November 22, 2023 - XFL (XFL) News Release
Thanksgiving is a holiday made for football, and the XFL is serving fans a cornucopia of content this weekend in the form of XFL Feast on Football.
The 60-hour live stream on YouTube, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern and runs through Saturday at 11 p.m. Eastern, will feature XFL game replays, Player 54: Chasing the XFL Dream clips and other XFL video series.
One of the highlights of the three-day event will be the full game replays.There are a lot of great games on the XFL Feast On Football slate, including the two divisional championship games and the 2023 XFL Championship. But there are also many good games you may have forgotten as the leaves changed colors.
Here are five under-the-radar games worth re-watching during this year's XFL Feast On Football.
Thursday: Battlehawks vs Brahmas - Week 1
It was the game that set the tone for the return of the XFL, and it is only fitting that it kicks off the XFL Feast On Football. San Antonio was up 15-3 with just a few minutes remaining, before St. Louis scored 15 unanswered points to win 18-15. In the final three minutes alone, A.J. McCarron and the Battlehawks offense marched down the field, scored a touchdown, connected on a three-point PAT, successfully converted the 4th-and-15 onside kick alternative and then scored the game-winning touchdown.
Thursday: Roughnecks vs Sea Dragons - Week 5
The Roughnecks were undefeated entering this Week 5 matchup with the Sea Dragons. But Seattle knocked down the future South Division champion with a 21-14 victory despite four turnovers from its offense. While the game wasn't the prettiest of the season, it did have plenty of drama. Both teams combined for two touchdowns and a 4th-and-15 keep-the-ball conversation in the final 90 seconds.
Friday: Battlehawks vs Sea Dragons - Week 2
Before the Sea Dragons won seven of their last eight games of the season to advance past the Battlehawks and make the playoffs, St. Louis stunned Seattle in the Pacific Northwest in Week 2. Donny Hageman missed a 50-yard field goal with just over three minutes to go which could have given the Battlehawks a 17-12 lead. The Sea Dragons then drove down the field to take the lead with 1:21 remaining. But they left too much time for the St. Louis offense to give Hageman a kick at redemption.
Friday: Renegades v. Defenders - Week 9
Many people likely wouldn't have pegged the Defenders' Week 7 victory over the Renegades as a preview of the XFL Championship. But just a few weeks before Arlington upset D.C. to win the title, the Renegades displayed they could hang with the regular season champs. The Defenders won the game in the nation's capital in overtime but only after Arlington scored 17 straight in the fourth quarter to tie the game.
Saturday: Vipers v. Guardians Week 5
Both the Vipers and Guardians entered the game with a 0-4 record. But neither team played like their record in a thrilling Week 5 matchup that Vegas won 35-32. The Vipers held the lead for most of the game as the Guardians had to play catch up, but it made for a thrilling affair. Luis Perez, who later led Arlington to the XFL Championship after being traded to the Renegades, had arguably his best game in a Vegas uniform.
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