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NASHVILLE SURVIVES AND KEEPS PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE, DEFEATING DENVER 14-12

(NASHVILLE, TN – SUNDAY, JUNE 30) Two winless team took the field in Nashville on Saturday night to battle it out for that coveted first win of the season. Not only was Denver in search of their first win in 2019, the franchise’s first win is still out there to be had.

Nashville was a slight favorite at home, and they lived up to the expectations pulling off a fourth quarter comeback win to defeat Denver 14-12.

Denver was without their starting quarterback Britney Perea. The Dream missed her dearly in this game as back-up quarterback Jessica Poole was a flop in her first start.

Poole got off to a good start in the game, as the Dream started their first possession with good field position. The drive was capped with Poole finding Breaya Quintanta for a 10-yard touchdown connection.

That play was about all Jessica Poole could hang her hat on offensively in the game. Poole went on to finish the evening 2-of-7 passing for only 15 yards, 1 touchdown, and two interceptions.

The game consisted of strong defense and sloppy offense at times. At the half the score was tied at 6 as Nashville’s Gabrielle Todd found the end-zone in the second quarter on a 9-yard rush to even things up.

Nashville quarterback Molly Richardson also struggled in the first half. Richardson only completed 4-of-14 pass attempts, but did have success on a few big completions.

Richardson’s numbers improved in the second half, as she completed 4-of-5 passes to finish out the game, most of which came on the Knight’s go ahead and game winning scoring drive early in the fourth quarter.

The game was certainly a tight match and late in the fourth quarter it looked like Denver was going to punch in a go-ahead touchdown.

Down 14-12 with about three minutes remaining, Denver had a 3rd-and-2 from the Nashville 3 yardline as they were poised to score.

An untimely and devastating fumble by Breaya Quintanta on that third-down play cost Denver their opportunity at a win. The Dream came so close to securing their first franchise win.

Nashville took over and sustained a drive long enough to run out the clock.

For Denver, Kelsey Cristiano had a great night defensively posting 7 tackles. The Dream secondary failed to capitalize on a few opportunities to intercept Richardson, which could have turned the game in their favor.

The Denver Dream (0-3) are now out of the postseason race. The Dream will wait for a season finale against the Omaha Heart, in a game they certainly have the talent to beat.

Nashville now 1-1, will head to Chicago in a couple of weeks to face the winless Chicago Bliss in a game all expect the Bliss to give their all in. Chicago has never had a winless season in team history and this 2019 team does not want to finish with their fourth loss in 2019.

The Knights have an opportunity to control their own destiny and a win against Austin in their Week 16 game, will all but secure them a playoff spot likely.


DEN NAS
Score 12 14
First Downs 8 9
Rushes-Yards (Net) 25-100 24-73
Passing Yards (Net) 15 73
Passes Att-Comp-Int 7-2-2 19-8-0
Total Offense Plays-Yards 32-115 43-146
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 2-4
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-19 5-29
Possession Time 14:06 25:54
Third-Down Conversions 5/7 6/10
Fourth-Down Conversions 0/1 1/3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1/4 2/5