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We’ve come to the end of the XFL regular season and Week 10 brought exciting matchups from both the North and South divisions as we prepare for the playoffs next week.

The Arlington Renegades secured the last playoff berth in the South Division after the San Antonio Brahmas lost to the DC Defenders on Saturday.

In the North Division, the Seattle Sea Dragons secured last place in the playoffs after defeating the Vegas Vipers on Sunday.

The tiebreaker was the combined ranking of points earned and points allowed among all XFL teams in which the Sea Dragons are fifth compared to the Battlehawks’ seventh.

The South Division Championship between the Renegades and the Roughnecks will be played on April 29 in Houston. The North Division Championship between the Defenders and the Sea Dragons will be played in DC on April 30th.

All the highlights from week 10 are below.

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This weekend’s games

The Sea Dragons took last place in the XFL postseason after defeating the Vipers.

The South’s remaining playoff spot was between the Sea Dragons and the Battlehawks. Since both teams won that weekend, the tiebreaker was determined by the combined ranking of all XFL teams’ points awarded and points allowed. The Sea Dragons finished fifth compared to the Battlehawks, who were seventh in the league, earning Seattle the postseason spot.

Seattle started strong and kept the Vipers scoreless in the first half. The Sea Dragons got their first score of the game late in the second quarter when quarterback Ben DiNucci rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. With three passing touchdowns and 339 passing yards, he finished his third 300-yard game this season — the most in the XFL.

The Vipers struggled to find their rhythm throughout the matchup and were held on a field goal and a touchdown. Quarterback Jalan McClendon threw for 201 yards and had an interception, and running back Shai Mckenzie had the Vipers’ only touchdown of the game.



Ben DiNucci counts 4 TDs to lift the Sea Dragons to the XFL playoffs

The Sea Dragons beat the Vipers 28-9 thanks to Ben DiNucci’s four touchdowns.

The Battlehawks left no doubt about their dominant win over the Guardians after scoring 53 points, the most in an XFL game this season.

They were led by quarterback AJ McCarron, who had a season-high 420 yards and six touchdown passes. Wide receiver Hakeem Butler had two touchdowns and 164 receiving yards, the most in a game this season.

Guardians quarterback Quinten Dormady had 188 yards and threw for two touchdowns, but his offense remained scoreless in the third quarter, allowing the Battlehawks to move away with the lead.



Hakeem Butler scores the second TD of the game for the Battlehawks

AJ McCarron passed Hakeem Butler for a Battlehawks 66-yard touchdown.

The Brahmas are eliminated from the postseason after a disappointing one-point loss to the defenders.

DC started strong and led 19-11 at halftime. But the Brahmas started a comeback in the fourth quarter, taking their first and only lead at 5:16 in the game. Running back Jacques Patrick had a two-yard run into the end zone and quarterback Jack Coan threw a pass to receiver Jonathan Hilliman for two extra points, giving San Antonio a 28-22 lead.

But the defenders reclaimed that lead with less than three minutes into the game when quarterback Jordan Ta’amu broke in for a four-yard touchdown and the extra point.

With 32 seconds left, Brahmas’ kicker John Parker Romo attempted a 53-yard field goal that ended up not being good. The Defenders eliminated the Bahamas from the postseason, improved their record to 9-1 and will face the Sea Dragons next weekend in the North Division Championship, which they will host in DC



Brahmas’s postseason hopes end after he misses the late 53-yard FG

The Brahmas’ postseason hopes end after Parker Romo’s 53-yard field goal miss against the Defenders.

The Roughnecks finish the regular season 6-0 in the South Division after defeating the Renegades 25-9.

The Renegades hit three field goals in the first half but remained scoreless the rest of the game from Houston, who extended their second-half lead with two field goals and a pick-six from linebacker Tavante Beckett.

Roughnecks running back Jeremy Cox had a rushing touchdown and a season-high 120 rushing yards, the most for a Roughnecks player this season.

Despite the loss, the Renegades earned second place in the South League as a result of Saturday’s Brahmas loss. They will face the Roughnecks again next weekend in the South Division Championship hosted by Houston.



Jeremy Cox rushes to TD

Jeremy Cox extends Houston’s lead with a 5-yard rushing touchdown.

best plays


Guardian punter Mac Brown passes Jordan Thomas, who goes 84 yards for a touchdown.



Orlando hits a stunning 84-yard TD on a fake punt

On the 4th and 21st, Mac Brown passes Jordan Thomas who goes 84 yards for a touchdown.

can’t touch me

Chris Blair hauls in a 70-yard reception.



Chris Blair hauls in a 70-yard reception

Chris Blair hauls in a 70-yard reception

Give me that!

Tavante Beckett unwraps Luis Perez and puts him back 45 yards for a touchdown.



Choose six! Tavante Beckett goes 45 yards the other way for TD

Tavante Beckett unwraps Luis Perez and puts him back 45 yards for a touchdown.

Tiptoeing in my Jordans

Josh Gordon shows hands on a 38-yard reception.



Josh Gordon shows hands on a 38-yard reception

Josh Gordon shows hands on a 38-yard reception

top tweets

*queue the Family Feud music*

Hakeem Butler now leads the XFL in touchdown receptions.

Name the XFL’s leader in touchdown receptions 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dktv2rEE5B

— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) April 22, 2023

horns down

DC defenders show no mercy.

horns forward? nope 🤘⬇️#DefendDC | @_got11reasons pic.twitter.com/42waeX66iu

— DC Defenders (@XFLDefenders) April 22, 2023

Denim on denim on denim

Caleb Vander Esch with the denim drip.

Caleb Vander Esch with the all denim fit 💧 pic.twitter.com/7jkMprA0yY

— Arlington Renegades (@XFLRenegades) April 23, 2023

Picture book

Seattle celebrates its victory over Vegas and secures a place in the postseason.

POV: Admin chases the interception celebration #XFL2023 | #BreatheFire pic.twitter.com/gngDpoBHlM

— Seattle Sea Dragons (@XFLSeaDragons) April 24, 2023


“We have a really good team”

Coach Anthony Becht loves his team very much.

Lotta Herz. Lotta rush. Lotta points.

We are grateful for everything 💙 pic.twitter.com/jQyVn01t2G

— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) April 23, 2023

“I think we’re going to win the whole thing”

Jordan Ta’amu is confident about the postseason.

“I think we’re going to win the whole thing.”@JTaamu10 | @XFLDefenders #XFL2023 pic.twitter.com/vnp0V46oLG

— XFL (@XFL2023) April 22, 2023


Cole McDonald or Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cole McDonald hit the siuuuu after that TD for the @XFLRoughnecks 👀 pic.twitter.com/FASrY1xgc9

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNNFL) April 23, 2023

“There is nobody in this league who can mess with us”

Josh Gordan on his confidence in the second half.

Josh Gordon goes into the second half confidently 👀

The @XFLSeaDragons are currently leading 6-0 at halftime. pic.twitter.com/g4eTEpt6dp

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNNFL) April 24, 2023

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