Late game heroics send Rattlers to conference final
Sunday afternoon’s back and forth playoff tussle between the Rattlers and Thunder had Rattler fans on the edge of their seats. Veteran QB Kyle Rowley lead the Portland Thunder aerial attack, going 26 of 50 for 305 yards and six touchdowns. At one point, the Thunder even took the lead from Arizona with 55 seconds remaining.
Thankfully, an Alex Singleton touchdown , followed by a key interception from corner-back Marquis Floyd, saved the Rattlers season and sent the visiting Thunder packing.
It was Arizona’s 4th meeting with the Thunder this year. The Rattlers swept the season series, taking all three regular season match-ups. However, it was the closest Portland came all year to upsetting the back-to-back defending champions.
The Rattlers narrowly escaped with a heart stomping (52-48) victory. After the game, despite his team’s victory, Floyd expressed his overall concern for Arizona’s rematch with the San Jose SaberCats next week.
“Portland came out and played hard, but the bottom line is we won’t win against San Jose if we play like that,” Floyd said. “That’s not how we play Rattlers football. There were three or four opportunities we had a chance to get them off the field and we didn’t do it.”
The Rattlers will have exactly one week to right the ship and tighten up the bolts for their next playoff match-up with San Jose.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor Stephn Baldetti @StephnBdettiSK