GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Nebraska Danger football team simply would not give up in the IFL playoffs.
After Green Bay stopped the Danger on a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter, Nebraka recovered a fumble and took advantage. Davonte Sapp-Lynch scored the go-ahead touchdown as the Danger defeated the Blizzard 45-40 Friday in Green Bay.
With the win, the Danger advance to the second round of the IFL playoffs.
It was the fourth time this season the two teams have played each other with both teams each winning twice.
Green Bay had a chance as they got the ball inside the 10-yard line with under 20 seconds to play. But the Danger stopped the Blizzard on four downs to get the win.
It was back and forth all game long as both teams scored on all of their possessions in the first half. Tommy Armstrong, who rushed for 28 yards, scored four times on the ground and threw a 9-yard pass to Eric Thomas. In fact, Armstrong scored three times from 2 yards out. His final touchdown gave the Danger a 33-27 lead with 10.6 seconds left of the first half.
Green Bay did cut into Nebraska’s lead after an Ed Ruhnke 28-yard field goal.
The Blizzard took the lead on their opening drive of the second half on a B.J. Hill 1-yard run.
But the Danger responded on a Sapp-Lynch 13-yard run.
Green Bay appeared to have a touchdown on the next series, but a false start stopped them as they got a Ruhnke 20-yard field goal.
The two teams stopped each other on fourth down on back-to-back series.
After Diego Marquez missed a field goal wide right with under three minutes to play, the Danger recovered a fumble on a Blizzard bad snap with under a minute to play, setting up Nebraska’s comeback.
The Danger, who had five penalties for 51 yards, had 188 yards of offense, while the Blizzard, who had nine penalties for 71 yards, had 202 yards of offense. Sapp-Lynch rushed for 67 yards with two scores.
The Danger will play either Iowa or Arizona on June 29, depending on the result of the other first round game with Tucson and Sioux Falls. If Tucson wins, the Danger will play at Iowa. If Sioux Falls wins, Nebraska head to Arizona.