Alliance of American Football 2019 Results: Week 1 Scores from Sunday | Bleacher Report

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 10:  Luis Perez #12 of Birmingham Iron avoids a tackle by Julius Warmsley #92 of Memphis Express during an Alliance of American Football game at Legion Field on February 10, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/AAF/Getty Images)

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The inaugural week of the Alliance of American Football continued Sunday with the Memphis Express visiting the Birmingham Iron and the Arizona Hotshots hosting the Salt Lake Stallions.

The league already scored its first victory Saturday when CBS coverage averaged 2.9 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. ET, which SportsTVRatings noted beat ABC’s coverage of the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

Notable players such as Trent Richardson (Birmingham), Christian Hackenberg (Memphis) and Zac Stacy (Memphis) took the field Sunday and looked to keep the league’s momentum rolling with entertaining games.

           

Sunday Results

Birmingham Iron 26, Memphis Express 0

Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots, 8 p.m. ET

          

Birmingham 26, Memphis 0

Hackenberg never played a down in the NFL after the New York Jets selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft, and he made it clear why on Sunday.

Birmingham’s stout defense set the tone, intercepting the Penn State product in the first quarter and holding him to a mere three completions in a scoreless first half. The Iron delivered hits, created havoc in the backfield and held Stacy, who played for the St. Louis Rams and Jets in his NFL career, in relative check.

That defense passed its stiffest test after Richardson lost a fumble in the first drive of the second half, stopping a 4th-and-1 from its own 6-yard line to preserve the shutout and keep the momentum.

The Iron’s defense wasn’t the only one to pick up Richardson, as Birmingham kicker Nick Novak drilled three field goals in the first half. Perhaps the Chicago Bears should give him a call, as the former member of the Arizona Cardinals, Washington, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans looked the part as the only source of first-half scoring.

It was a matter of time before both Richardson and Birmingham broke through with more than field goals, and the former Alabama Crimson Tide great found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter to break things open after quarterback Luis Perez found Quinton Patton for a long completion to set up the first score.

Perez threw for 252 yards and established a rapport with Patton, who finished with 107 yards.

Patton played for the San Francisco 49ers, while Perez was a member of the Rams’ practice squad at times this past season. Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports noted Perez was nearly a professional bowler who learned to play football from YouTube.

On the other side, it felt only fitting Memphis’ lone touchdown that came on a trick play was called back for a penalty, as head coach Mike Singletary was never able to draw something up to crack Birmingham’s defense.

            

What’s Next?

Week 2 of the AAF schedule features two Saturday games and two Sunday games. Salt Lake plays Birmingham and Arizona plays Memphis on Saturday, while the Orlando Apollos play the San Antonio Commanders and the Atlanta Legends play the San Diego Fleet on Sunday.



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