Alliance of American Football Excites With Big Plays, Big Ratings on Opening Night

The AAF outrated the Rockets matchup with the Thunder on ABC. 
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The Alliance of American Football debuted on Saturday night, with a pair of games broadcast on CBS. The Orlando Apollos defeated the Atlanta Legends 40-6, while the San Antonio Commanders defeated the San Diego Fleet 15-6. 

There were plenty of highlights in the league's opening night. The Apollos — led by former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier — pulled off a "Philly Special" touchdown against Atlanta to end the first half, while the battle in San Antonio was defined by a string of big hits. 

Watch Saturday night's best highlights below:

The AAF got off to a successful start in the ratings book as it filled the post-Super Bowl void for football fans. The CBS broadcast out-rated ABC's Saturday night broadcast of the Rockets vs. Thunder.

The AAF will continue on Sunday with a pair of games. The Memphis Express face the Birmingham Iron at 4 p.m. ET, followed by a battle between the Arizona Hotshots and Salt Lake Stallions at 8 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first matchup, while NFL Network will take the nightcap.