A.J. McCarron leads St. Louis to dramatic XFL 2023 victory over Seattle

A.J. McCarron specializes in overcoming XFL 2023 deficits.

The former star quarterback at Alabama led a comeback and game-winning drive for the second time as the St. Louis Battlehawks upended the Seattle Sea Dragons 20-18 on Thursday night.

The Battlehawks (2-0) trailed by 12 points, took the lead, only to fall behind with 1:21 left when Ben DiNucci hit Jordan Veasy with an 8-yard TD pass.

The 3-point conversion failed and McCarron took the field with 71 seconds left.

He led a 50-yard drive that concluded when Donny Hageman III connected on a 44-yard field goal as time expired.

The winning kick was set up by a short pass from McCarron to Austin Proehl for 9 yards that set St. Louis up at the 26 with 4 seconds left. Proehl’s dad, Ricky, played 2 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks in his long NFL career.

Hageman had missed a 50-yard field goal by about a foot on the drive prior to the one that saw Seattle (0-2) take the lead.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire