The Beijing Lions hosted the Shanghai Skywalkers in Beijing, China on Sunday. The Lions were hosting the first Super Series in the inaugural season of the China Arena Football League. This game was also the last of the Super Series.
Collin Taylor caught almost all passes from quarterback Luke Collis for the Lions on the first drive of the game, which ended with a touchdown pass from Collis to Erwin Sennett Wu from four yards out. The extra point was missed.
After a very long kick return from Dwayne Hollis, Skywalkers quarterback Shane Austin threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mike Washington on a short pass. Shanghai would miss the extra point and the game was tied at six.
Taylor caught a 46-yard touchdown on the next Lions drive as Beijing started from their own four yard line. After Shanghai failed to convert a fourth down, quarterback Chris Dieker, who was the Philadelphia Soul backup with Lions coach Clint Dolziel, ran it in for a touchdown to give the Lions a 20-6 lead after one.
The Skywalkers would close the gap with a two-yard rushing touchdown from ArenaBowl XXIX MVP Shaun Kauleinamoku. Both teams exchanged touchdowns, and Beijing took a 27-19 lead into the half.
Shanghai’s first drive ended with an interception at the goal line from Torez Jones. Beijing would capitalize when Collis found the Lions other quarterback, Dieker, who played wide receiver on the play. The Lions led 34-26 at the end of the third quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, James Romain, who intercepted two passes in the end zone to help the Soul win ArenaBowl XXIX, caught his first CAFL touchdown.
After the Skywalkers scored to make it a 40-33 game, Romain fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Christian Wise recovered it for Shanghai at the Beijing one yard line. Austin ran the ball in for the third time. Shanghai missed the extra point, and the Lions still led 40-39.
Trailing 47-39 with 16 seconds left, Austin found Washington for a touchdown. After a penalty on a failed two point conversion, Shanghai had another chance to tie the game. Austin ran the ball into the end zone to tie the game at 47 with nine seconds left. The Lions didn’t score and the game went into overtime.
Beijing started with the ball in the overtime session and scored a touchdown on another Dieker touchdown rush. The extra point made it 54-47. Shanghai scored a touchdown, then decided to go for two and the win. The pass to Kauleinamoku was caught, but the defense made a huge play. Beijing would go on to win by a final score of 54-53 to end Super Series I.