Panthers vs. Stallions live score, updates, highlights from 2024 UFL playoff game

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Spring football is nearing its pinnacle just as the weather is heating up.

The UFL title game is on the horizon. But before we reach the biggest stage of the (other) football season, there are a pair of conference belts up for grabs.

One of those matchups, the Stallions’ home clash with the Panthers, pits a pair of USFL heavyweights against one another. Birmingham (9-1) is the UFL’s best side, blitzing its opponents to the tune of a 26.5-point per-game average. The Stallions are led by former Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez. Martinez accounted for more than 2,200 yards of total offense and 15 total touchdowns (15 passing, three rushing). He figures to be a threat — if not the top candidate — for the MVP award at season’s end.

Unstoppable force should meet immovable object when Birmingham faces Michigan, however, because the Panthers (7-3) are spearheaded by Defensive Player of the Year Breeland Speaks, who recorded 9.5 sacks in 10 games this campaign. Michigan possesses the third-best defense in the USFL, surrendering just 19.0 points per game. Styles make matchups. And this one figures to be about as enticing as it can get.

The Sporting News is tracking live updates from Saturday’s USFL Conference championship game between the Panthers and Stallions. Follow below for highlights and live results as two of the USFL’s best sides jostle to punch a ticket in the UFL title game.

STREAM: Watch the UFL playoffs live on Fubo

Panthers vs. Stallions live score

  1 2 3 4 F
Panthers 12 6 0 0 x
Stallions 0 12 6 6 x

Panthers vs. Stallions updates, highlights from UFL playoff game

(All times Eastern)

5:52 p.m.: BLOCKED FIELD GOAL! JoJo Tillery swats Bates’ effort away as the Stallions keep their six-point advantage intact!

5:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Corral hits Amari Rodgers for the score as Birmingham takes its first lead of the game!

Stallions 24, Panthers 18

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5:43 p.m.: Corral finding his footing after some initial wobbles when he first supplanted Martinez. He’s brought the Stallions deep into the red zone after placing an arrow into Gary Jennings Jr. for 43 yards.

End of third quarter: Panthers 18, Stallions 18

5:32 p.m.: PICK-SIX! Etling decided to give out another gift, tossing another balloon to Daniel Isom. The former Ram proceeds to take it the distance, strutting 48 yards to the house. Birmingham misses out on the one-point PAT. The SIXTH turnover of the quarter. I’ve never seen something like this.

Panthers 18, Stallions 18

5:30 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Matt Corral hands the ball back to the Panthers two plays later. That’s the fifth turnover of the day. How?!!!?

5:28 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Stallions nab their second takeaway of the period, with Ike Brown ripping the ball out of the sky.

5:10 p.m.: Things remain as chippy as ever, with both sides turning the ball over in the third frame. As a result, we have reached a standstill; neither side has netted a point this period, although scoring chances have unveiled themselves, be that through fake punt or timely takeaway.

End of second quarter: Panthers 18, Stallions 12

4:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! The Stallions pull even closer to the Panthers after hitting another field goal. The lead sits at just six!

Panthers 18, Stallions 12

4:32 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Martinez hits Jordan Thomas for a 50-yard score as the Stallions close the gap on their adversary!

Panthers 18, Stallions 9

4:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Bates buries another lengthy kick. That’s his fourth of the day.

Panthers 18, Stallions 3

4:15 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Bates does it again. Sinks his third of the day to create some more cushion for the Panthers.

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Panthers 15, Stallions 3

4:10 p.m.: Nate McCrary is making his impact felt in the trenches, slaloming through the trees to bring Michigan on the cusp of the red zone.

4:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! The Stallions get on the board courtesy of a chip shot field goal. A fair few explosive plays for Birmingham; showing signs of the team it proved itself to be during the regular season.

Panthers 12, Stallions 3

4:00 p.m.: Well, you can see why Birmingham’s boss is so confident. The Stallions are racing down the field, putting themselves on the brink of the end zone after Jace Sternberger strides down the field for 38 yards.

3:58 p.m.: Stallions boss Skip Holtz appears undeterred by the prospect of mounting a momentous comeback here:

End of first quarter: Panthers 12, Stallions 0

3:50 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! A bit of hysterics as the Panthers’ latest drive comes to a close, with plenty of pushing and shoving following what appeared to be a routine hit. Nevertheless, Bates struts to the spot and lines his effort into the middle of the target. Michigan is in control early.

Panthers 12, Stallions 0

3:34 p.m.: CJ Marable bursts through the mire to pick up the first down as the Stallions begin to show signs of life in the backfield. They’re making their way down the field slowly but surely.

3:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Kicking supernova Jake Bates sinks from distance as the Panthers’ lead grows to two possessions.

Panthers 9, Stallions 0

3:26 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS! After a brief foray into midfield, RB Ricky Person Jr. was denied by the crunch of Michigan’s defensive line. The Panthers find themselves in prime real estate as they look to add onto their lead.

3:20 p.m.: Martinez and the Stallions take the field as they attempt to respond to the Panthers’ score with one of their own.

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3:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Siaosi Mariner trots into the end zone after evading his marker via the slant route. The Panthers strike first!

Panthesr 6, Stallions 0 

3:13 p.m.: The ball is kicked off. And away we go. Impressive return by the Panthers as they’ll start their possession at the 40!

2:05 p.m.: Whether the NFL, WNBA, Premier League or the UFL, it seems pregame fits are universal. Here’s the USFL Conference’s best looks ahead of Michigan’s clash with Birmingham. 

Panthers vs. Stallions start time

  • Date: Saturday, June 8
  • Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET

The clash between conference foes Michigan and Birmingham will kick off at 3 p.m. ET from Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

What channel is Panthers vs. Stallions on today?

  • TV Channel: ABC
  • Live stream: ESPN+, Fubo

Saturday’s UFL playoff action between the Panthers and Stallions will be broadcast on ABC.

Cord cutters can catch all the action on ESPN+ or Fubo, which comes with a free trial for new subscribers.

UFL playoff bracket

USFL Conference championship

Saturday, June 8

Matchup Time (ET) Location TV Live stream
Michigan Panthers vs. Birmingham Stallions 3 p.m. Birmingham ABC ESPN+, Fubo
San Antonio Brahmas vs. St. Louis Battlehawks 7 p.m. St. Louis Fox Fubo

Sunday, June 16

Matchup Time (ET) Location TV Live stream
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m. St. Louis Fox Fubo

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