The Atlanta Steam of the Legends Football League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, did not have the opportunity to win their way into the postseason due to the cancellation of what had been scheduled as the regular season finale against the Jacksonville Breeze, but they will learn their playoff fate sometime Saturday night when the victor in the Baltimore @ Omaha contest has been decided.
The Steam and Breeze are both 2-0-1 and were scheduled to determine the No. 1 conference seed on the field on August 16, but the game was cancelled which resulted in Jacksonville receiving the top seed as a result of net points. The Breeze finished the regular season +40, while the Steam tallied a +29 in net points.
Not only did the Steam lose the opportunity to earn the top spot as a result of the cancellation, they also lost any chance to determine their playoff future. Atlanta’s hopes of continuing their pursuit of a LFL championship were taken out of their hands and placed in the hands of the Baltimore Charm and Omaha Heart when the Breeze game was cancelled.
Baltimore (1-1-1) will travel to Nebraska to play Omaha (1-2-0) Saturday night, and the result will decide if the Steam season will continue. For Atlanta to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship Omaha must either beat Baltimore, or lose by 16 points or less.
Atlanta defeated Omaha in their head-to-head game 20-13 when rookie QB Dakota Hughes threw two touchdown passes and ran for one in her first LFL game. The Steam @ Charm game also was a victim to cancellation, accounting for the tie on each team’s record.
Steam fans will be pulling for the Heart, but Omaha is going to have to do better than the slightly less than 15 points a game they have averaged in three games this season to beat a Charm squad averaging 27 points a game. Winning on the road is tough, but Baltimore has proven they can do it and they are a better offensive team.
The Heart defense is second best in the league, trailing only the Breeze, when it comes to points allowed per game. Omaha has given up just 15 points per game, but if the Heart offense fails to put points on the board-or turns the ball over-the Steam will see their season come to a disappointing and frustrating end due to no fault of their own.
Atlanta fans hope to see Dakota Hughes and her Steammates have the opportunity to pursue the LFL championship by meeting Jacksonville on the field on August 16 in the conference title game, an opportunity the Steam have earned on the field.
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