XFL: St. Louis Battlehawks stun San Antonio Brahmas with improbable comeback victory

The XFL opening weekend continued Sunday as the St. Louis Battlehawks staged an incredible, wild late-game rally to defeat the San Antonio Brahmas 18-15.

The Battlehawks couldn’t get anything going for three-plus quarters, as San Antonio took a 15-3 lead with 3:02 left. But St. Louis rallied behind former NFL quarterback AJ McCarron, who shrugged off five sacks. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Butler with 1:25 left, then hit Austin Proehl on a 10-yard, 3-point conversion to move the score to 15-12.

St. Louis went for a fourth-and-15 conversion in lieu of an onside kick, and McCarron found Proehl again to retain possession. McCarron and Proehl hooked up again for 14 yards for the game-winning score with 16 seconds left to give the Battlehawks (1-0) the improbable win.

McCarron went 11-of-14 for 133 yards and two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

The Brahmas (0-1) dominated most of the game, going up 15-3 thanks to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jack Coan to Fred Brown in the fourth quarter and three field goals. Coan threw for 207 yards on 25-of-36 passing with a touchdown and an interception while former NFL running back Kalen Ballage ran for 84 yards on 24 carries.

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