Aviators shock Wild Mavs in final minute to clinch third seed
Panchito slung a touchdown pass to Clara Kluck with 33 seconds left and the Aviators clinched their highest seeding in franchise history with a 26 to 21 victory over the Wild Mavericks.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Panchito said. "If you see any señoritas, tell them Panchito is back!"
The Aviators (7-5) have more than lucky though. After giving up a league worst 30.4 points per game last year, the Aviators defense, led by Honker and Herb Muddlefoot, ranked first in the league this year giving up only 22.4 points a game.
Then there's the offensive explosion that the Two Caballeros have put on the entire season.
Pistoles increased in every aspect in throwing and running the ball with 3680 total offensive yards and 20 total TDs.
Carioca doubled his rushing average from a year ago for 126 yards per game and ending the season with 17 rushing TDs; which was second only to the record breaking Arizona Goof's 20 TDs this season.
Just one year ago, this matchup would have been one of the the worst games of the year.
Ben Ali Gator threw three touchdowns for the Wild Mavs (6-6), who had won four of their last five.
"They made a few more plays than we did and that's what got us in the end," Wild Mavs team captain, Clarabelle Cow, said. "The balls bounced their way tonight."
Panchito Pistoles, a Mexican rooster who has drawn comparisons to Brett Favre, finished the game 29 for 46 for 333 yards. The decisive touchdown came six plays after the Aviators forced the Mavs offense to punt from its own end zone.
"I've been a gunslinger all my life," said Pistoles, who went over 3000 passing yards for the first time in his career, "so to be told to be aggressive and take deep shots downfield - it made the moment even better."
The Wild Mavericks drove past midfield in the closing seconds, but the blue and gray sideline emptied after Gator was sacked by Herb Muddlefoot as time expired.
Trailing 14-13 at halftime, The Aviators went on top early in the half when Jose Carioca scored the second of his two touchdowns rushing.
The Mavs reached the Aviators 1-yard line after recovering a fumble but came up empty when a fake field-goal failed.
Hyacinth Hippo caught a 39-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter on a seam route to give the Wild Mavericks a lead that lasted until the final minute.
The Aviators got the game's first touchdown when Carioca ran in from a yard out but the kick was blocked by Neighbor Jones. The Mavs answered with a 69-yard TD catch by Clarabelle.
Pistoles retook the lead with a 7-yard touchdown late in the first but fell behind minutes later when Sarabelle caught a 27-yard touchdown from Ben Ali.
"I'm not a fighting bull. When they put a lot of guys in the box to keep me from running, you have to make them pay for it," Ferdinand said. "We didn't do that."
"What an unbelievable feeling," Clara said. "You'd never think something like this would happen after a 1-11 season."
Both teams will meet in the first round of the Mickey Mouse Athletics Football Playoffs which will make it their fourth head-to-head matchup of the 2016 season.