The Alliance of American Football put a bow on Week 7 on Sunday.
The San Diego Fleet first visited the Arizona Hotshots in Tempe, Arizona, to decide which 3-3 team would rise above the .500 mark and which would fall below. The Hotshots were coming off of handing the Orlando Apollos their first loss of the season in Week 6.
Sunday night took the action Memphis, where the Express hosted the Birmingham Iron and fans held their breath for a glimpse of recently acquired former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel under center.
In fact, seven years ago, many would have expected to see Manziel facing off against Iron running back Trent Richardson in the NFL.
Take a look at the results and recap of the AAF's Sunday slate.
Arizona Hotshots (4-3) def. San Diego Fleet (3-4), 32-15
Memphis Express (2-5) def. Birmingham Iron (4-3), 31-25
Hotshots 32, Fleet 15
It was rough from the beginning for the San Diego Fleet on Sunday afternoon as they were penalized for a false start on the first snap of the game. They did recover to score the opening touchdown, but they wouldn't be able to find the end zone nearly enough as the game wore on.
The Arizona Hotshots answered on the following drive when Trevor Knight came in for a designed run at quarterback and dove into the end zone to tie the game at 6-6—his first AAF touchdown.
A couple of field goals later, the Hotshots took a 17-9 lead on a 36-yard pass from quarterback John Wolford to tight end Thomas Duarte. Following the touchdown, Arizona pulled off a "double throw" on the two-point conversion:
While the Fleet brought the warm and fuzzies on the CBS Sports Network broadcast, the Hotshots poured on the points, extending their lead to 23-9 ahead of the two-minute warning in the second quarter with a 15-yard Wolford pass to wide receiver Deion Holliman.
The final minute of the first half took a turn in the Fleet's direction when Wolford was intercepted by Kelly with 46 seconds left. San Diego converted the turnover into a 38-yard touchdown pass over the middle between two defenders from Mike Bercovici to tight end Marcus Baugh, cutting the Arizona's lead to 23-15 at halftime.
Baugh's touchdown was then reviewed after he appeared to chuck the ball before crossing the goal line, but officials upheld the score.
And the score would stay that way until Wolford took off for a 35-yard rushing touchdown with a little over six minutes to go in the game. The Hotshots would ultimately treat their home fans to a 32-15 win.
Wolford finished with 212 yards on 15-of-19 passing for two touchdowns through the air, while Bercovici tossed for 310 yards on 22-of-43 passing for one touchdown and two costly interceptions.
San Diego will travel to the Salt Lake Stallions next Saturday, and Arizona will travel to take on the San Antonio Commanders on Sunday.
Memphis 31, Birmingham 25
In Week 1, Birmingham steamrolled Memphis 26-0. The Express upset the Iron in Week 7 despite uncertainty at quarterback continuing to plague the team for most of Sunday night.
Midway through the second quarter, down 16-8, Memphis put in Johnny Manziel at quarterback after Brandon Silvers started the game. Manziel's first play with the Express resulted in a scramble for 13 yards.
The crowd chanted "Johnny" over and over again throughout his first drive, which included a 36-yard strike to wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard and resulted in a missed field goal.
Manziel and Silvers alternated at quarterback in the second half, but it was the special teams that kept the Express in the game when defensive back Terrell Bonds took a blocked punt back 47 yards for a touchdown to make it 19-14 (Manziel failed to convert the two-point conversion).
The Express offense continued to struggle into the fourth quarter, but the Iron struck again when quarterback Luis Perez found tight end Wes Saxton Jr. for the touchdown to extend their lead to 25-14.
The ensuing drive, Manziel found wide receiver Reece Horn for a 34-yard completion. Then, Silvers hit Horn over the middle for 15 more yards. However, the drive stalled.
When the game was on the line, down 25-17 and under a minute left, Memphis put the ball in Silvers' hands. With 25 seconds remaining in regulation, Silvers tossed a seven-yard touchdown to Horn to make it 25-23. Silvers connected with tight end Brandon Barnes for the two-point conversion and a tie.
The game became the first to go to overtime in AAF history. In the extra period, the Iron had the first possession but failed to score a touchdown. On 2nd-and-goal, Silvers sealed the upset win for the Express with a 10-yard pass over the middle to wide receiver Daniel Williams, who was tackled into the end zone.
Silvers led all passers with 266 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing, while Manziel finished his AAF debut with three completions on five attempts for 48 yards.
Horn posted his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game, finishing with a crucial 113 yards on seven catches.
The Express will host the Orlando Apollos next Saturday, and the Iron will host the Atlanta Legends next Sunday.