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The Missouri Peregrines may have followed the most unorthodox path in MFL history to claim their fifth Super Bowl Championship by defeating the rival Arkdale Aardvarks. Josh Allen was named the Super Bowl MVP after throwing four touchdown passes in the upset win.

Arkdale actually got on the board first and looked like they were ready to motor as Dalvin Cook blasted his way to a 15-yard touchdown run. On their first possession, Missouri caught a touchdown pass to put the Peregrines on the board, making it 6-4 at the end of the first after the PAT.

In the second frame, it was all Missouri. It was five possessions and five scores for the Grines, but with four field goals by Daniel Carlson, the door was left open for Arkdale heading into the second half. Tucked in between was a 59-yard highlight score by Gaskin, his second of the game.

For the second year in a row, the police were called out at the halftime of the Super Bowl. As Foghat was wrapping up their set, Lil Xan began trash talking the band. After some pointed words at each other, Xan said "no one even knows who you are" before being blasted upside the head with a can of Twisted Tea and a Les Paul, incapacitating him and keeping the one-hit wonder from "spitting bars"; rather, he was spitting teeth.

When the dust settled on the donnybrook, Arkdale came out on fire. Patrick Mahomes, who was relatively silent early on, ended the quarter with two touchdown passes, one to Travis Kelce and the other to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Once a Harrison Butker field goal was tacked on, the Varks took a teetering 23-19 lead as Missouri took possession heading into the final quarter.

Enter Josh Allen. After watching Missouri start 0-2 before getting his shot, the prodigy from Wyoming took the reins and never let go, leading to this moment. First, there was a four-yard TD pass. Then, an off-balance 50-yard score to give them the lead. Then, after the running game was stuffed (yet again), Allen threw two more scores for good measure, giving insurance to a team that wasn't even expected to make it to the postseason.

When the clock hit 0:00 and a quick conversation with a couple of his running backs, head coach Drew Kuespert was bathed in Gatorade and swarmed by his players as he hoisted the Super Bowl Trophy. For Arkdale, it wasn't their night, but the pieces of the puzzle will still be there for them to make it back to their third-straight Super Bowl in 2021.

New York

9- 5
7- 7
7- 7
South Bend
Ann Arbor

9- 5
7- 7
7- 7
6- 8

9- 5
8- 6
7- 7
5- 9

Final 2020 MFL Statistics

2020 MFL Primer - Most Recent Edition

Henry, Herbert, Kuespert take home hardware
Missouri's Drew Kuespert was named 2020 Coach of the Year, earning 4 votes, all write-ins. Josh Stuckey finished second with 3 votes, Dave Wills had 2, and Nate Russo had 1. Ann Arbor's Justin Herbert was named 2020 Rookie of the Year, earning 7 votes. Jonathan Taylor finished second with 2 votes and Antonio Gibson had 1 write-in vote. Chicago's Derrick Henry is your 2020 MFL Most Valuable Player, earning 18 points in a very close vote. He had 4 first-place votes, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds. Dalvin Cook was a close second with 16 points, followed by Aaron Rodgers with 9 points and Russell Wilson with 6 points.

Watson sent to Pittsburgh
Just one week removed from a second Super Bowl ring, QB Deshaun Watson has been traded to Pittsburgh. The Spears, looking for the heir-apparent to Tom Brady, scored their man by sending Jared Goff, Odell Beckham Jr., and two draft picks to land him. Watson fell to the end of the second round in 2017 because of worries about injuries, but he proved the doubters wrong by securing the starting spot late that season and leading Missouri to the Super Bowl title. This year, however, early struggles led to his benching in favor of Josh Allen, who pulled a Watson and won a Super Bowl title in his own right.

2x MVP Gurley released by Lynx
Todd Gurley II, the two-time MFL Most Valuable Player and former MFL Rookie of the Year, has been cut by the New York Lynx in a cost-cutting move. Gurley's 2021 salary was expected to be nearly $9.4 million, almost half of their entire payroll. Gurley's numbers were respectible this season, but nowhere near the numbers that the club was used to during his hayday, particularly during their Super Bowl XXI title season (2018). He may become one of the highest-paid players in the 2021 MFL Draft.

Fournette, Michel cut on the field
As soon as the final horn sounded to conclude their fifth Super Bowl title, Missouri Peregrines owner Drew Kuespert notified Leonard Fournette and Sony Michel on the sidelines that they were cut and that they would not be allowed into the locker room. The pair were expected to produce as a quality tandem this season, yet it was well-documented that neither did. Kuespert was frustrated that "both are just here collecting checks" in recent weeks and his decision made just minutes prior to raising the title trophy meant that the duo would be forced to find their own way home & get their bags mailed to them.

Wilson wins second straight MFL passing title
Russell Wilson finished the 2020 season with 36 touchdowns, a whopping ten better than he had last season, to win the MFL Passing Title. It is his second title in a row and his third in four seasons, cementing him as a future Hall of Famer. Aaron Rodgers, another sure first-balloter, finished one TD behind, but he did win the MFL Points Title. It is his third time winning it, scoring 117 points, two more than Wilson. Derrick Henry, the Human Wrecking Ball, ran for 14 touchdowns to win the MFL Rushing Title. It's his first crown. Dalvin Cook, who won the title a year ago, finished with 13. Finally, Davante Adams, who was nowhere to be found a year ago, won the MFL Receiving Title with 14 touchdowns, one better than Tyreek Hill. It is Adams' second title, which will find it's place on the mantle next to his 2018 award.

Record breaker! Arkdale sets per game record
By way of their 506 points scored this season, the Arkdale Aardvarks set the new per game scoring average record with 36.1 points per game. Overall, they fell 2 points shy of the 2003 Pittsburgh Spears, who scored 508 points in their undefeated campaign. However, that was with an extra game (15), giving Arkdale the per game record. The 9-5 Varks will travel to Miami next week in their playoff and are shooting to win a second straight Super Bowl.

Kuespert sends flowers to Bruney
Flint head coach Jon Bruney received a bouquet of flowers from Missouri head coach Drew Kuespert after the Wheelers pulled off a massive upset very late that knocked Chicago out of the playoffs and gifted the final spot to the Peregrines. Missouri lost to Arkdale and it appeared as though their season was over. However, stunning losses by both Chicago and South Bend gave the Wild Card to the St. Louis hopeful. Missouri meets historical foe Pittsburgh next week at Heinz Field.

Flint score the No. 1 pick in '21
The Wheelers were thrilled to have finished the season on such a high note despite all of the troubles throughout the year. It got better when they learned that they secured the top overall pick in next August's MFL Draft. By way of their storied mega-pick trade during last year's draft, Flint got rights to D.C.'s top pick. With the Dinosaurs falling to 3-11, this gave the Wheelers the top spot. Flint is now on the clock...

Kuespert sends flowers to Bruney
Flint head coach Jon Bruney received a bouquet of flowers from Missouri head coach Drew Kuespert after the Wheelers pulled off a massive upset very late that knocked Chicago out of the playoffs and gifted the final spot to the Peregrines. Missouri lost to Arkdale and it appeared as though their season was over. However, stunning losses by both Chicago and South Bend gave the Wild Card to the St. Louis hopeful. Missouri meets historical foe Pittsburgh next week at Heinz Field.

It's been a minute...
Two franchise scoring records were tied in Week Eight. First, Arkdale's Dalvin Cook ran for three touchdowns in their rout of Orlando. The last time an Aardvark rusher scored that many on the ground was just over four years ago, when teammate David Johnson did it in Week Six of 2016. Not to be outdone, Canton receiver Davante Adams caught three touchdowns against South Bend. Amazingly, he was the first Cougars receiver to catch that many in nearly 10 years; Dwayne Bowe caught 3 in Week Ten of 2010. Calvin Johnson also caught three TDs for Canton in 2010. It was in Week Eight, exactly 10 years ago this week.

Scraps break franchise scoring mark
With their 58-point annihilation of D.C. on Sunday, the South Bend Scraps scored more than they had in any game in the history of their franchise. Russell Wilson and Nick Chubb scored in double digits for their club, while the defense got in on the action as well, scoring 2 touchdowns and a safety. It was a day that all Scraps fans will remember for years to come. Only one other time in their history did they score over 50. In 2005, South Bend won in another rout at home against Missouri, 53-18.

Record setter: Arkdale earns back-to-back rewrites
For the second straight season, the Arkdale Aardvarks have rewritten the record books. The Varks dropped 49 points in their season opener a year ago, an MFL record, and motored their way to a 12-win season and their first Super Bowl title. Could it happen again? Arkdale wasted Missouri in Week One with a 56-point shredding of the Peregrines, breaking the record two years in a row. Does this mean a repeat for the Aardvarks?

Week 1
September 10-14
New York 27, Canton 38
Miami 13, Orlando 28
Missouri 18, Arkdale 56
Pittsburgh 44, D.C. 41
South Bend 30, Ann Arbor 32
Flint 12, Chicago 6

Week 8
October 29-November 2
Flint 23, New York 15
South Bend 31, Canton 21
Miami 20, D.C. 16
Chicago 29, Pittsburgh 28
Orlando 13, Arkdale 44
Missouri 34, Ann Arbor 16
Byes: Houston, Arizona,
Washington, Jacksonville
Week 2
September 17-21
Canton 36, Flint 38
D.C. 18, New York 22
Missouri 31, Pittsburgh 37
Ann Arbor 43, Miami 36
South Bend 44, Arkdale 42
Chicago 22, Orlando 27
Week 9
November 5-9
Arkdale 36, Flint 15
New York 20, Missouri 31
D.C. 30, Chicago 15
Miami 34, Canton 30
Ann Arbor 15, Pittsburgh 18
Orlando 29, South Bend 37
Byes: Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Philadelphia, L.A. Rams
Week 3
September 24-28
D.C. 29, South Bend 58
New York 28, Ann Arbor 40
Canton 35, Chicago 24
Miami 23, Missouri 35
Orlando 24, Flint 13
Arkdale 38, Pittsburgh 43

Week 10
November 12-16
Pittsburgh 49, South Bend 46
Missouri 31, D.C. 30
New York 18, Arkdale 13
Canton 14, Orlando 36
Flint 9, Miami 25
Chicago 15, Ann Arbor 18
Byes: Kansas City, N.Y. Jets,
Dallas, Atlanta
Week 4
October 1-5
Orlando 20, New York 30
Chicago 29, Missouri 28
Miami 28, South Bend 19
Ann Arbor 18, Canton 37
Pittsburgh 18, Flint 22
Arkdale 46, D.C. 42
Byes: Pittsburgh &
Week 11
November 19-23
Missouri 27, South Bend 26
Chicago 25, New York 12
D.C. 33, Orlando 26
Ann Arbor 29, Flint 13
Pittsburgh 39, Miami 17
Arkdale 35, Canton 23
Byes: Buffalo, N.Y. Giants,
Chicago, San Francisco
Week 5
October 8-12
Canton 21, Pittsburgh 28
Arkdale 43, Chicago 42 (OT)
New York 25, Miami 34
D.C. 24, Ann Arbor 51
Orlando 27, Missouri 28
Flint 15, South Bend 51
Byes: Denver, Detroit,
Green Bay, New England
Week 12
November 26-30
Chicago 42, Arkdale 20
Miami 33, Ann Arbor 25
New York 29, D.C. 20
Flint 9, Missouri 18
South Bend 29, Orlando 25
Pittsburgh 21, Canton 11
Week 6
October 15-19
Miami 19, Chicago 50
Missouri 23, Flint 19
Ann Arbor 30, Arkdale 37
Pittsburgh 13, Orlando 24
Canton 27, D.C. 18
South Bend 16, New York 21
Byes: L.A. Chargers, Las Vegas,
Seattle, New Orleans
Week 13
December 3-7
Orlando 21, Miami 25
Ann Arbor 20, South Bend 22
Missouri 27, Chicago 39
Flint 18, Arkdale 37
Canton 24, New York 14
D.C. 12, Pittsburgh 27
Byes: Carolina
& Tampa Bay
Week 7
October 22-26
Orlando 27, Ann Arbor 26
New York 40, Pittsburgh 31
Arkdale 25, Miami 26
Canton 16, Missouri 14
South Bend 22, Chicago 23 (OT)
Flint 24, D.C. 31
Byes: Indianapolis, Baltimore,
Minnesota, Miami
Week 14
December 10-14
Chicago 32, Flint 34
South Bend 43, Miami 49
D.C. 17, Canton 27
Arkdale 34, Missouri 21
Ann Arbor 7, Orlando 19
Pittsburgh 30, New York 31 (OT)
Week 15
December 17-21
MFL Divisional Playoffs
Missouri Peregrines 39, Pittsburgh Spears 26
Arkdale Aardvarks 38, Miami Mafia 27
Week 16
December 25-27
at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, OH
Missouri Peregrines 31, Arkdale Aardvarks 23


Phase II of Player Releases
Owners may release players to make more cap room or to make roster spots, including players who retired.

2020 MFL Draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, Angola, Indiana.
Start Time: 2:00pm

Salary & Roster Deadline (Cut Day)
Teams must keep payroll at or under $20 million and roster size at 19 players or under. Players cut after the deadline will still count against the cap.
Deadline: 9:59pm.

Regular and Post-Season

MFL Kickoff Weekend
Weekly starters must submitted via the MFL on ESPN before each respective player's kickoff time.

MFL Trade Deadline
No trades allowed after 9:59pm until the end of the season.

MFL Free Agent and Waiving Deadline
No further player movement after 9:59pm until the end of the season.
(Injury replacement signings not included)


Week Fourteen, the final week of the regular season.

At Canton, OH.


Phase I of Player Releases begins immediately following conclusion of the Super Bowl.
Player salaries increase by 20% (30% for Super Bowl Champs) requiring clubs to commence player cuts during Phase I in order to keep team salaries under $20 million.
Deadline for all cuts is 9:59pm ET.