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The USFL's 1985 first-round playoff matchups were determined by USFL Director of Operations Peter Hadhazy based on what were perceived to be the best economic scenarios for the league among the eight playoff qualifiers.  As a result the Denver Gold, for example, who had the second best record in the Western Conference and should have by all right hosted a playoff game, instead went on the road to Memphis, as the Showboats were drawing well.

Commissioner Harry Usher had decided that neither Denver nor Baltimore would be permitted to host a post-season game due to their poor attendance during the regular season, and that Memphis and New Jersey, thanks to their comparatively healthy attendance figures, would be assured home field in the playoffs' first round.
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At the Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
BALTIMORE
STARS (10-7-1)
 
NEW JERSEY
GENERALS (11-7-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
BALTIMORE
STARS
NEW JERSEY
GENERALS
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -

At Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
BIRMINGHAM
STALLIONS (13-5-0)
 
HOUSTON
GAMBLERS (10-8-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
BIRMINGHAM
STALLIONS
HOUSTON
GAMBLERS
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -

At the Liberty Bowl
Memphis, Tennessee

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
MEMPHIS
SHOWBOATS (11-7-0)
 
DENVER
GOLD (11-7-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
MEMPHIS
SHOWBOATS
DENVER
GOLD
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -

At the Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
OAKLAND
INVADERS (13-4-1)
 
TAMPA BAY
BANDITS (10-8-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
OAKLAND
INVADERS
TAMPA BAY
BANDITS
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -

At Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
BALTIMORE
STARS (11-7-1)
 
BIRMINGHAM
STALLIONS (14-5-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
BALTIMORE
STARS
BIRMINGHAM
STALLIONS
BALTIMORE - Sutton 36 interception return (Trout kick) 7 0
BALTIMORE - Harrison 30 pass from Fusina (Trout kick) 14 0
BALTIMORE - Bryant 70 pass from Fusina (Trout kick) 21 0
BALTIMORE - Bryant 76 run (Trout kick) 28 0
BIRMINGHAM - Jones 14 pass from Stoudt (Miller kick) 28 7
BIRMINGHAM - Cribbs 1 run (Miller kick) 28 14

At Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
OAKLAND
INVADERS (14-4-1)
 
MEMPHIS
SHOWBOATS (12-7-0)
 

SCORING
SUMMARY
OAKLAND
INVADERS
MEMPHIS
SHOWBOATS
OAKLAND - Williams 7 run (Bojovic kick) 7 0
MEMPHIS - Duncan 34 field goal 7 3
MEMPHIS - Parker 23 run (Duncan kick) 7 10
MEMPHIS - Duncan 47 field goal 7 13
OAKLAND - Carter 24 pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) 14 13
OAKLAND - Carter 19 pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) 21 13
OAKLAND - Hebert 1 run (Bojovic kick) 28 13
MEMPHIS - Parker 27 run (pass failed) 28 19

At the Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey

FIRST
QUARTER
SECOND
QUARTER
THIRD
QUARTER
FOURTH
QUARTER
OVERTIME FINAL
BALTIMORE
STARS (12-7-1)
 
OAKLAND
INVADERS (15-4-1)
 

Kelvin Bryant, Running Back, Baltimore Stars - Most Valuable Player

SCORING
SUMMARY
BALTIMORE
STARS
OAKLAND
INVADERS
BALTIMORE - Scott Fitzkee 16 pass from Chuck Fusina (David Trout kick) 7 0
OAKLAND - David Greenwood 44 interception return (Novo Bojovic kick) 7 7
BALTIMORE - Kelvin Bryant 7 run (David Trout kick) 14 7
OAKLAND - John Williams 1 run (Novo Bojovic kick) 14 14
BALTIMORE - Kelvin Bryant 17 run (David Trout kick) 21 14
OAKLAND - Novo Bojovic 19 field goal 21 17
OAKLAND - Anthony Carter 7 pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) 21 24
BALTIMORE - Kelvin Bryant 7 run (David Trout kick) 28 24

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