|Elite Bowl 40|
|Date||July 27, 2014|
|Stadium||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|MVP||Josh Sanchez, QB|
|Favorite||Manatees by 4.5|
Elite Bowl 40 was an American football game played to determine the champion of the North American Spring Football Season (NASFL) for the 2014 Season. The Western Conference champion Lincoln Pioneers defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Manatees, 37-17, to earn their first Elite Bowl title. The game was played on July, 27, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlingtonm, Texas.
Miami Manatees Edit
Miami was coming off of a 7-9 season from 2013, but the Manatees made many off season improvements by signing a new quarterback and coach from Oakland. The Manatees were undefeated in their division and had only one loss in the conference and were clear favorites to win the Elite Bowl. The Manatees won the Milo Trophy having the best record.
Lincoln Pioneers Edit
The Pioneers were the number 1 seed in 2012 only to lose to Seattle at their own field in the Salt Bowl. This year, the team entered the playoffs as the number 4 seed and the underdog. They were swept by Kansas City during the regular season, but stunned them at home in the first round. Next the Pioneers won the Salt Bowl over the Los Angeles Blast to advance to the Elite Bowl. The Pioneers took down both of the division winners from the western conference and made an unlikely trip to the Elite Bowl.
Box score Edit
Elite Bowl 40: Miami Manatees vs Lincoln Pioneers
at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
- Date: July 27, 2014
- Game time: 6:30 PM EST
- Game weather: 70 °F (Played Indoors)
- Game attendance: 92,000