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Generals claim first USFL win in 10-6 win over winless Panthers

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The New Jersey Generals got their first win in the USFL after beating the Michigan Panthers 10-6 on Friday night.

The Panthers, led by quarterback Shea Patterson, surged late in the fourth quarter. Trailing by four with just five seconds left on the 16-yard line, Patterson threw an incomplete pass to receiver La’Michael Pettway, sealing Michigan’s fate.

PANTHERS’ JOEY MAGNIFICO CHARGED OFF THE PITCH AFTER APPARENT LOWER BODY INJURY

The Generals were the first to score after relying heavily on their running game to get the ball downfield. On New Jersey’s second possession, quarterback De’Andre Johnson chose to throw the ball seven times. Kicker Nick Rose, who missed two field goals in Week 1, finished the drive with a 21-yard field goal.

Trey Williams #3 of the New Jersey Generals runs with the ball as Jalin Burrell #23 of the Michigan Panthers defends in the second quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/USFL/Getty Images)

The Panthers offense struggled early in the first half, but Cameron Scarlett quickly changed the tempo of the game after allowing Luis Perez his first interception in the USFL. Orion Stewart scored a Panthers touchdown a few plays later for a 6-3 lead after a missed field goal.

But Stewart’s touchdown would be Michigan’s only score in the game.

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Michigan Panthers’ Stevie Scott III #25 is tackled by New Jersey Generals defenders in the first quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/USFL/Getty Images)

Running back Darius Victor scored a touchdown with minutes remaining in the first half to give the Generals a 10-6 lead.

Panthers tight end Joey Magnifico was ejected after kickoff after appearing to sustain what broadcasters described as a “severe” lower-body injury.

He was placed on a stretcher and carried off the field after players from both teams came to see him. He was reportedly taken to an area hospital with a left leg injury.

Joey Magnifico #86 of the Michigan Panthers is taken off the field with an injury in the second quarter of the game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Joey Magnifico #86 of the Michigan Panthers is taken off the field with an injury in the second quarter of the game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
(Photo by Jamie Squire/USFL/Getty Images)

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The USFL also released a new ball for Week 2. The game ball, which is the same size as an NFL regulation ball, contains a trackable chip, but on Friday kickers were given a different ball to use without the chip.

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