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The Miami Mafia are Super Bowl Champions! Jonathan Taylor and D'Onta Foreman were named as co-MVPs for Super Bowl XXIV for their 100+ yard rushing performances, each with a score in front of their home fans, no less. Overall, Miami ended the game with a startling stat line: 70 carries, 356 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

The game started with both Freeman and Taylor finding the endzone in the opening quarter to lead Miami to a 12-1 lead. Both teams stalled offensively in the second frame, but Ann Arbor was able to get some scoring from Jake Elliott to close the gap considerably, making it a 12-8 game at halftime.

The break featured SHeDAISY and Earl Sweatshirt performing their best classics, none of which anyone in the crowd could distiguish. The set finished with the 80s country gals getting into an intense rap battle with the rep of Odd Future collective before wrapping up with a quartet performing a cover of Willie Nelson's classic, "Whiskey River", but no one seemed to notice.

In the third, Austin Ekeler put the Aces ahead right out of the gate with a short touchdown run. This was followed by a pair of touchdown passes by Justin Herbert, giving Ann Arbor three scores in three possessions and a 20-12 lead heading into the final quarter.

Enter Aaron Rodgers. The future Hall of Famer would finish the night with 288 yards and two touchdowns to put the Mafia within two heading into the closing minutes. But, it was the leg of Greg Joseph that put Miami ahead for good after his 51-yard field goal. Once the clock read zeroes, it was the Mafia celebrating their second Super Bowl title and first in nine years.

AAR - Jake Elliott PAT conv
MIA - D'Onta Foreman 21 rush
MIA - Jonathan Taylor 1 rush

AAR - Elliott PAT conv
AAR - Elliott 42 FG
AAR - Elliott 41 FG

AAR - Austin Ekeler 3 rush
AAR - Justin Herbert 8 pass
AAR - Justin Herbert 45 pass

MIA - Aaron Rodgers 20 pass
MIA - Aaron Rodgers 11 pass
MIA - Greg Joseph 51 FG
MIA - Greg Joseph PAT conv
MIA - Diontae Johnson 5 rec

New York

9- 5
8- 6
7- 7
5- 9
Ann Arbor
South Bend

8- 6
8- 6
7- 7

10- 4
9- 5
6- 8

Final 2021 MFL Statistics

2022 MFL Primer - Most Recent Edition

Phase I ends with McCaffrey, Cook as cap casualties
As the sun sets on the 2021 season in the MFL, two big names made it to the 11th hour, but not all the way to the deadline and are now homeless. Christian McCaffrey, who had a $7+ million payday waiting, now makes $0 after Canton released him late on Sunday night. McCaffrey's production has been good...when he's been healthy. Despite his ups-and-downs, Dr. K estimates that he will be the focal point of a bidding war during the first round of August's MFL Draft. The same goes for Dalvin Cook, who was cut by Arkdale. Cook was hurt this season and was scheduled to make a king's ransom. Along with RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Calvin Ridley, among others, the 2022 MFL Draft is predicted to become the most expensive draft ever, particularly because of the expected small amount of starter-ready talent among the rookie draft class.

Wills, Taylor, Harris earn hardware
The 2021 MFL Awards were handed out at the conclusion of the season and Dave Wills, Jonathan Taylor, and Najee Harris walked away as the big winners. Wills won Coach of the Year for the second time in his career by scoring 11 ballot points, which included 3 first-place votes. The Miami coach edged Ann Arbor's Justin Parizek, who garnered 9 points, and Pittsburgh's Nate Russo with 6. Taylor added to his co-MVP of the Super Bowl by winning the MFL Most Valuable Player Award. He had 4 first-place votes and totaled 14 ballot points to Josh Allen's 6 and Derrick Henry's 4. Finally, Najee Harris of Missouri won the Rookie of the Year Award. His four votes topped Pat Freiermuth, who had one.

Rules Committee approves two measures
The MFL Rules Committee voted on two measures as the 2021 campaign wrapped up and both will go into effect for the 2022 season. Issue 2021-1 was approved which requires all MFL teams to maintain at least 1 at each position (D/ST, PK, QB, RB, TE, WR) on their active 19-man roster throughout the entirety of the season, including the playoffs. Issue 2021-2 was approved which creates two Injured Reserve periods instead of one. Teams that place players on IR can opt to bring those players back to the active roster after Week Eight. Players placed on IR after Week Eight, or that remain on IR after Week Eight, will be required to remain on IR until after the Super Bowl.

Several big names cut to open Phase I
The day after the Super Bowl is always known as "The Day of Reckoning" for many players and the end of the 2021 season is no exception. Several players of note, including some big names, were on the chopping block for performance or salary cap reasons. The Miami Mafia, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, were the first in line to deliver pink slips and the injured WR Calvin Ridley was the first player of consequence to see the pavement. Not to be outdone, the Super Bowl runners-up, the Ann Arbor Aces, released RB Ezekiel Elliott in what is most likely payroll considerations. Elliott is a likely high first rounder in 2022, while Ridley is more of a "wait-and-see" situation, but certainly has first- or second-round potential. Other players of note cut on the first day of Phase I includes: Chicago rookie RB Trey Sermon, Missouri veteran WR Odell Beckham Jr., Miami's Super Bowl co-MVP D'Onta Foreman (by rule), and two Flint players, QB Baker Mayfield and WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Interesting numbers from 2021
The Miami Mafia won seven straight games to close out the 2021 season, including the playoffs, to win the Super Bowl title. What's more is that that 7-0 mark is tied for second-best all-time (Pittsburgh '15 & D.C. '12). On the other side, South Bend went 0-7 to finish the year, putting them at the third worst all-time behind Chicago (0-8-1 in '06) and New York (0-10 in '01). Speaking of bad, the Flint Wheelers went 3-11, which was the worst record in the history of the Wheelers/Freedom/Hawgs franchise. Flint also became the first team to ever go 0-7 at home; The 2005 Aardvarks also went winless, but they were 0-6-1. Two other points of futility in 2021: Arkdale scored 179 fewer points this season, the biggest drop ever. However, when you score over 500 points the season before, it's hard to maintain that level of offensive success. Finally, New York scored few points than the previous year for the third consecutive season. They scored 454 in 2018, 349 in 2019, 332 in 2020, and only 308 points this year.

Is Brady the MVP?
After an amazing season for the 44-year-old Tom Brady. The future Hall of Famer won both the MFL Passing Title and the MFL Scoring Title in leading the Pittsburgh Spears back to the playoffs. His 36 touchdown passes were his most since 2007 (!) and his 120 points are also his most since that same season. Miami's Jonathan Taylor won his first MFL Rushing Title with 16 rushing touchdowns, helping the Mafia into the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. Amazingly, Tyreek Hill won the MFL Receiving Title with only 9 touchdown catches, besting three others on his heals.

D.C. finally shakes off frustration against New York
By way of their 22-10 win over New York, the D.C. Dinosaurs were able to exorcise a demon that followed them through the last few years: a 10-game losing streak to the Lynx. Not only did the Dinos finally conquer their division rival, but they were also able to stay alive in the playoff hunt with two weeks to go. Currently, the longest streak is held by two meetings: Arkdale has beaten D.C. on seven straight occasions, while Ann Arbor has done the same to Flint. Interestingly, D.C. is also involved in a strange oddity. The D.C.-Miami series has been won by the road team for 8 straight years, with the last home team to win being Miami in an 18-15 barnburner in 2013, the year before the Mafia moved to Gatlinburg for one season.

Flint becomes the first team eliminated
It's on to next year for Flint. The Wheelers, by means of their 8th loss of the season, are officially mathematically eliminated with three games to go. Although they have yet to claim the top spot in the draft, they are the odds-on favorite to score it. At press time, there was no clear top prospect to go after in 2022, but the Wheelers may be eyeballing Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III, Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson, or USC WR Drake London.

Week 1
September 9-12
Canton 18, New York 28
Orlando 38, Miami 6
Arkdale 42, Missouri 27
D.C. 22, Pittsburgh 18
Ann Arbor 12, South Bend 48
Chicago 34, Flint 24
Week 8
October 28-November 1
New York 11, Flint 8
Canton 21, South Bend 17
D.C. 29, Miami 22
Pittsburgh 33, Chicago 17
Arkdale 14, Orlando 25
Ann Arbor 38, Missouri 43
Byes: Baltimore,
Las Vegas
Week 2
September 16-20
Flint 19, Canton 36
New York 35, D.C. 18
Pittsburgh 30, Missouri 23
Miami 26, Ann Arbor 44
Arkdale 29, South Bend 24
Orlando 26, Chicago 29
Week 9
November 4-8
Flint 20, Arkdale 13
Missouri 16, New York 3
Chicago 15, D.C. 10
Canton 37, Miami 31
Pittsburgh 22, Ann Arbor 21
South Bend 15, Orlando 18
Byes: Detroit, Seattle,
Tampa Bay, Washington
Week 3
September 23-27
South Bend 30, D.C. 25
Ann Arbor 41, New York 14
Chicago 31, Canton 19
Missouri 35, Miami 17
Flint 15, Orlando 25
Pittsburgh 24, Arkdale 21
Week 10
November 11-15
South Bend 9, Pittsburgh 16
D.C. 4, Missouri 17
Arkdale 50, New York 25
Orlando 15, Canton 10
Miami 18, Flint 16
Ann Arbor 35, Chicago 12
Byes: Chicago, Cincinnati,
Houston, N.Y. Giants
Week 4
September 30-October 4
New York 18, Orlando 9
Missouri 20, Chicago 28
South Bend 22, Miami 34
Canton 23, Ann Arbor 39
Flint 28, Pittsburgh 19
D.C. 20, Arkdale 30
Week 11
November 18-22
South Bend 19, Missouri 27
New York 35, Chicago 10
Orlando 25, D.C. 29
Flint 4, Ann Arbor 34
Miami 50, Pittsburgh 30
Canton 34, Arkdale 21
Byes: Denver,
L.A. Rams
Week 5
October 7-11
Pittsburgh 39, Canton 26
Chicago 38, Arkdale 20
Miami 28, New York 27
Ann Arbor 44, D.C. 39
Missouri 36, Orlando 28
South Bend 40, Flint 20
Week 12
November 25-29
Arkdale 13, Chicago 20
Ann Arbor 19, Miami 20
D.C. 22, New York 10
Missouri 42, Flint 26
Orlando 45, South Bend 22
Canton 31, Pittsburgh 21
Byes: Arizona,
Kansas City
Week 6
October 14-18
Chicago 48, Miami 43
Flint 39, Missouri 26
Arkdale 34, Ann Arbor 9
Orlando 15, Pittsburgh 25
D.C. 32, Canton 22
New York 33, South Bend 23
Byes: N.Y. Jets, New Orleans,
Atlanta, San Francisco
Week 13
December 2-6
Miami 39, Orlando 30
South Bend 22, Ann Arbor 34
Chicago 28, Missouri 12
Arkdale 22, Flint 15
New York 27, Canton 25
Pittburgh 31, D.C. 40
Byes: Carolina, Cleveland,
Green Bay, Tennessee
Week 7
October 21-25
Ann Arbor 14, Orlando 39
Pittsburgh 39, New York 17
Miami 30, Arkdale 6
Missouri 25, Canton 17
Chicago 18, South Bend 22
D.C. 23, Flint 20
Byes: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville,
L.A. Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
Week 14
December 9-13
Flint 16, Chicago 27
Miami 31, South Bend 20
Canton 14, D.C. 27
Missouri 30, Arkdale 12
Orlando 30, Ann Arbor 43
New York 25, Pittsburgh 45
Byes: Indianapolis, Miami,
New England, Philadelphia
Week 15
December 16-20
MFL Play-In Game
Ann Arbor Aces 27,
Missouri Peregrines 25

Week 16
December 23-27
MFL Divisional Playoffs
Miami Mafia 35, Pittsburgh Spears 33
Ann Arbor Aces 41, Chicago Ravens 27
Week 17
December 30-January 3, 2022
at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Ann Arbor Aces 20, Miami Mafia 25


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

2021 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 Miami Gardens, FL.


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.