Bliss Thaw Out Chill 27-18 To Win Midwestern Division Title
The LFL calendar did not say it was a playoff game Saturday night but in reality, that is exactly what it was between the Chicago Bliss (3-1) and the Green Bay Chill (2-2). Winner advances to the playoffs and the loser heads into the off-season. It would be the Bliss making playoff plans after a 27-18 win in Green Bay, a win which was guaranteed by Bliss head coach Keith Hac.
Chicago never trailed in the game after QB Heather Furr ran in the first TD of the game from 37 yards out and a 6-0 early lead. Green Bay would put together a eight play 33 yard drive, only to see it stall on the Bliss 18-yard line. The teams would trade failed drives once more before the games next score.
The Bliss started the scoring drive on their own 3-yard line and kept the ball on the ground the entire way before ChrisDell Harris eventually punched it in the end zone and converted on the one point p.a.t. It looked like Chicago was going to roll, up 13-0 with 2:29 left in the opening half.
Green Bay would get on the scoreboard before the half ended. Anne Erler connected with Jessica Peyton on a 22-yard TD pass to cut Chicago’s lead to 13-6 after the conversion attempt failed. That would be the score going into halftime.
The Chill’s opening drive of the second half ended abruptly when Furr picked of an Erler pass at the Bliss 8-yard line and returned it out to the 19. Just four plays later, Furr connected with Ali Albert on an 8-yard TD strike and a 20-6 lead after Harris was successful on the conversion.
Three plays in to the 4th> quarter, Green Bay made it a one-possession game again when Erler found Anna Heasman from 19 yards out. The conversion attempt was no good and Chicago remained on top 20-12 with 6:42 left in the game.
With the playoffs on the line, the next drive was the Bliss Harris and Furr show as the two stars ran the ball all the way down field. Harris crossed the goal line from four yards out and Furr ran in the conversion to put Chicago up 27-12 with 2:54 left.
The Chill answered on the next possession as Erler threw her way downfield eventually connecting with Heasman on a 15-yard TD pass. Her p.a.t pass attempt was incomplete and the Chill trailed Chicago 27-18 with 1:20 left in the game.
Everyone in the arena knew an onside kick was coming and Erler put it just a bit too far down-field as the Bliss recovered at mid-field. Furr kneeled three times to end the game and Chicago emerged as the Midwestern Division Champions.
With the tie-breaker system in place, the Bliss will face the wild-card Los Angeles Temptation on Saturday August 17 in Chicago.
|passing yds (net)||8||141|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||31-177||39-196|