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Ten numbers that defined Empire's regular season

Ten numbers that defined Empire's regular season

Opens playoffs Saturday against Baltimore
Ten numbers that defined Empire's regular season
Albany Empire quarterback Tommy Grady led the AFL with 68 touchdown passes and 3,097 passing yards.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

The Albany Empire finished its regular season with a 10-2 record, and earned the No. 1 seed for the Arena Football League postseason.

The Empire will start the postseason Saturday against the Baltimore Brigade at Times Union Center.

Before the playoffs get going, though, here are 10 numbers to know from the Empire’s regular season.

10,053

Albany’s average home attendance. The Empire led the league in attendance per game in the regular season, ahead of second-place Philadelphia at 8,733.

3,097

Passing yards Empire quarterback Tommy Grady accrued. That total led the league. Grady also had a league-best 68 passing touchdowns.  

1,440 

Receiving yards that Empire receiver Malachi Jones totaled. He led the league in that category.

620

Total points the Empire scored. No other team had a point total in the 600s.

365

Yards wide receiver Demetres Stephens gained on 25 kick returns. That leads the Empire.

130

Team-best rushing yards for Empire fullback Mykel Benson, who also scored nine touchdowns. In the pass-heavy AFL, Benson finished second in the league in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns.

80

Empire-best total solo tackles recorded by defensive back Tevin Homer. He also had 14 assists.  

45

The highest final score differential this season for the Empire, which came in last weekend’s 72-27 against Philadelphia. The previous best for the season was 31 set on the road at Columbus.

29

Receiving touchdowns for Empire wide receiver Quentin Sims. That led the AFL. He also had 867 receiving yards, which ranked fourth in the league.  

1

The score differential the last time the Empire faced the Baltimore Brigade, which was in Week 7.

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