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Chicago 38 at Philadelphia 44 OT Playoff


1983 Divisional Playoffs - Saturday, July 9, 1983
Chicago Blitz(12-6) at Philadelphia Stars(15-3)(-4.5)
Attendance: 15,686, TV: ABC

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Stars had come from behind before, but never quite so dramatically. And the victory never felt quite so good. "Thank God, there are two halves to a football game," sighed quarterback Chuck Fusina, who overcame four first-half turnovers with three touchdown passes in the last nine minutes Saturday as the Stars tied the Chicago Blitz 38-38, then went on to win 44-38 in overtime to advance to the championship of the United States Football League.

"It will go down as one of the best games in history." said Chicago Coach George Allen, who saw a 21-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter.

"In 12 years of football, I've never seen a comeback like that," said Stars linebacker John Bunting, "It's just a tribute to these guys."

Kelvin Bryant rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner on a one-yard run seven minutes, two seconds into the overtime.

The Stars take a 16-3 record into the first USFL championship game in Denver next Sunday.

The Blitz took a 21-7 halftime lead after intercepting Fusina three times and recovering his fumble in the second quarter. They led 38-17 with 12:04 left in the game.

The Stars started their comeback with Fusina's 17-yard scoring pass to Scott Fitzkee five minutes into the fourth quarter. Fusina passed two yards to Jeff Rodenberger for another touchdown with five minutes left in the game, and connected with Tom Donovan from 11 yards with 50 seconds left to tie it up.

He finished with 22 of 33 passes for 254 yards, scrambled for 66 more yards and also caught a 12-yard pass from Allen Harvin for another touchdown.

"I never felt the game was lost," said Stars Head Coach Jim Mora. "We had been moving the ball on them and stopping them defensively, but we just gave up too many points on turnovers."

A crowd of 15,684 - less than a fourth of the capacity of the 66,000-seat Veterans Stadium watched the game in sunny, 84-degree weather.

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Complete Game




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	O	F
CHI	7      14      10	7       0   -   38
PHI	0      14	0      24       6   -   44

Scoring

CHI:Long 1 yd run (Corral kick) - CHI 7, PHI 0

CHI:Scott 3 yd run (Corral kick) - CHI 14, PHI 0

PHI:Bryant 10 yd run (Trout kick) - CHI 14, PHI 7

CHI:Johnson 12 yd pass from Scott (Corral kick) - CHI 21, PHI 7

PHI:Fusina 12 yd pass from Harvin (Trout kick) - CHI 21, PHI 14

CHI:Boatner 12 yd pass from Scott (Corral kick) - CHI 28, PHI 14

CHI:Corral 32 yd field goal - CHI 31, PHI 14

PHI:Trout 42 yd field goal - CHI 31, PHI 17

CHI:Spencer 1 yd run (Corral kick) - CHI 38, PHI 17

PHI:Fitzkee 17 yd pass from Fusina (Trout kick) - CHI 38, PHI 24

PHI:Rodenberger 2 yd pass from Fusina (Trout kick) - CHI 38, PHI 31

PHI:Donovan 11 yd pass from Fusina (Trout kick) - PHI 38, CHI 38

PHI:Bryant 1 yd run - PHI 44, CHI 38

Box Score

                             CHI            PHI
First Downs                   13             33
Rushes-Yards              41-138         54-306
Passing (A-C-Y-I)      14-8-96-1    34-23-266-4
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-16           2-16
Total Plays-Yards         57-218         90-556
Fumbles-Lost                 2-1            3-3
Penalties-Yards             5-51           7-81
Turnovers                      2              7
Time of Possession         29:46          37:16

Attendance = 15,684

CHICAGO					     PHILADELPHIA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Scott        14   8  96  1  2  88.1          Fusina       33  22 254  4  3  80.4
                                             Harvin        1   1  12  0  1 156.3
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Long         21  76  3.6  1                  Bryant       24 142  5.9  2
Spencer      12  34  2.8  1                  Harvin       20  87  4.4  0
Boatner       3  11  3.7  0                  Fusina        7  66  9.4  0
Scott         2   9  4.5  1                  Riley         3  11  3.7  0
Dennison      2   8  4.0  0                  
Johnson       1   0  0.0  0                  
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Ricker        5  57 11.4  0                  Fitzkee       6 102 17.0  1
Johnson       2  27 13.5  1                  Harvin        4  45 11.3  0
Boatner       1  12 12.0  1                  Collier       2  37 18.5  0
                                             Donovan       3  32 10.7  1
                                             Bryant        2  14  7.0  0
                                             Fusina        1  12 12.0  1
                                             Riley         2  12  6.0  0
                                             Folsom        1   6  6.0  0
                                             Parker        1   4  4.0  0
                                             Rodenberger   1   2  2.0  1
                   
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Willis          3  56 18.7  0                Harvin          1  23 23.0  0
                                             Riley           1  17 17.0  0
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Woerner         3  49 16.3  0
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Corral          1-1  32  5-5    8            Trout           1-1  42  5-5    8
                miss: none                                   miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Corral          4 181 45.3                   None

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Smith           1  11                        Sutton          1   5
White           1   5                        Cooper        0.5   5.5
                                             Fielder       0.5   5.5
  
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Allen           1  20 20.0  0                Sutton          1   0  0.0  0
Bradley         1  10 10.0  0                
Brown           1   8  8.0  0                
Livers          1   0  0.0  0                

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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