(NASHVILLE, TN- SUNDAY, AUGUST 18) Both defenses played excellent football in the 2019 regular-season finale. Nashville and Austin brought great game plans to the match as this score for score battle ended with Nashville falling short of a postseason berth losing 20-18 to Austin.

The Acoustic were heavy favorites even without their running back ChrisDell Harris and linebacker Megan Hanson. To their surprise, the Knights delivered a mighty punch despite being the most inexperienced team this season.

Nashville’s improvement this season was by far the best in the league. This Knights team featured first-year starting quarterback surrounded with a majority of athletes getting some of their first playing time in the LFL. But coaching and practice proved to be a key ingredient for this teams success.

Former All-Fantasy and Legends Cup Champion athlete Danika Brace was a vital part in this Knight team’s pulse this season. She commands the locker room and has an excellent rapport with the head coach Yuir Howard and his staff. You could sense Brace’s presence with their defensive play late in this season.

Despite a loss to Austin, this Knight’s defense has a lot to hang their hat on this season. Nashville went on the road to Chicago and held an offense featuring the 2018 Legends Cup MVP Javelle Thompson and wide receiver Tamika Robinson to just six points. And to finish out the season, they held Michelle Angel the league’s #1 ranked offense to just three scores.

The first half was all back and forth scoring. Austin struck first on a 34-yard touchdown strike from Angel to Kassandra Bills. This was one of many connections between the best passing tandem in the league this season.

Nashville’s Molly Richardson had a fantastic first half herself. Richardson was 6-8 passing with 2 touchdowns in the first two quarters, and just an extra point or two away from keeping the score tied or taking a slight lead.

In the first half, Michelle Angel completed 7-of-13 passes all to Kassandra Bills totaling 99 yards. Angel to Bills is the most dangerous passing threat heading into the playoff football.

At the half, Austin led Nashville by 20-18 and the second half was all defense.

Both teams sustained gutsy goalline-stands. In the fourth, both teams had opportunities to score but fell short.

It wasn’t pretty for Austin being heavily favored, but they earned the #1 see in the postseason with their perfect 4-0 finish.

With the win, Austin finished the season perfect and will take on LA in the postseason. Nashville finishes 2-2 falling short of a playoff spot due to point differential with LA who also finished 2-2.

This scenario sets up for Seattle and Atlanta to play each other in the playoffs, setting up a 2017 Legends Cup rematch early in the postseason. If healthy, Austin is a favorite to defeat LA and Seattle is a slight favorite over Atlanta.

This off-season Nashville has big goals and team ownership plan to assemble a Championship roster that will turn into the next LFL’ Dynasty.

Score 20 18
First Downs 13 9
Rushes-Yards (Net) 17-47 21-66
Passing Yards (Net) 139 90
Passes Att-Comp-Int 25-11-1 15-9-1
Total Offense Plays-Yards 42-186 36-156
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 1-6 1-2
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 7-25
Possession Time 18:33 21:27
Third-Down Conversions 1/6 3/8
Fourth-Down Conversions 3/5 1/3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2/6 2/3