ArenaBowl XXVII

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ArenaBowl XXVII
ArenaBowl XXVII.jpg
1234Total
ARI1430141472
CLE6761332
DateAugust 23, 2014
Arena Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
MVP Nick Davila, Arizona
Attendance18,410
Winning coach Kevin Guy
Losing coach Steve Thonn
TV in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Ari Wolfe, Anthony Herron, Sherdrick Bonner, J. B. Long

ArenaBowl XXVII was the 27th edition of the championship in the Arena Football League. The National Conference champion Arizona Rattlers defeated the American Conference champion Cleveland Gladiators, 72–32. The game was played on August 23, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Gladiators.

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This was the fourth consecutive ArenaBowl appearance for the Arizona Rattlers, and their third consecutive ArenaBowl championship. For the Cleveland Gladiators, this was the first ArenaBowl in the franchise's 18-year history.

Venue

ArenaBowl XXVII was played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, after it was announced that the ArenaBowl would return to the practice of being hosted by the team with the better regular season record. [1] With the best record of any team in the AFL in 2014, Cleveland was assured of hosting ArenaBowl XXVII by winning the conference championship. The ArenaBowl was played on a busy sports day in Cleveland, as the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League played a home preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium and the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball had a home game at adjacent Progressive Field all at the same time. [2] [3]

Television

In December 2013, it was announced that ESPN had acquired the rights to broadcast arena football games, including ArenaBowl XXVI. This was the first ArenaBowl to be televised on ESPN since 2008, prior to the year-long hiatus taken by the AFL. [4]

Background

Arizona Rattlers

The Rattlers came into the game as two-time defending champions, appearing in their fourth consecutive ArenaBowl, and ninth overall, tying them with the Tampa Bay Storm for most ArenaBowl appearances. In trying to win their third consecutive ArenaBowl championship, the only team in ArenaBowl history that had done so was the Detroit Drive, having won the third in ArenaBowl IV. In 2014, the Rattlers began the regular season with a 14–0 record, the best start to a season by any team in AFL history. [5] Their first loss came in week 16 when they lost to the rival San Jose SaberCats. Despite losing last three of their last four games, the Rattlers finished the season 15–3, as they did the season prior. In the conference semifinals, they defeated the expansion Portland Thunder in a close 52–48 contest. They hosted the San Jose SaberCats in the conference championship, beating them more decisively, 72–56.

West Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
z-Arizona Rattlers 153.83311519054–011–29–06–3
San Antonio Talons 315.16774310171–31–50–93–6
Los Angeles Kiss 315.1676339571–33–92–71–8

z - Clinched division and conference's best record

WeekDateOpponentResult
1March 15PhiladelphiaW 62–55 (OT)
2March 23SpokaneW 68–49
3Bye
4April 5JacksonvilleW 63–38
5April 12at San JoseW 57–51
6April 19PittsburghW 73–69
7April 26San AntonioW 69–59
8May 3at JacksonvilleW 70–61
9May 10at PortlandW 61–32
10May 17SpokaneW 70–38
11May 25at Los AngelesW 70–25
12May 31San JoseW 51–42
13June 6at PortlandW 70–59
14June 14at San AntonioW 70–34
15June 21Los AngelesW 83–47
16June 27at San JoseL 33–62
17Bye
18July 12at SpokaneL 66–73
19July 20PortlandW 65–55
20July 26at OrlandoL 50–56
August 3PortlandW 52–48
August 10San JoseW 72–56

Cleveland Gladiators

The Gladiators reached the ArenaBowl for the first time in franchise history. Before moving to Cleveland for the 2008 season, they had previously played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The closest the team had ever come to reaching the ArenaBowl since moving to Cleveland was in 2008 when they lost the conference championship. They began the 2014 season with a 9–0 record, one of the best starts to a season in league history. [6] In week 12, their hopes of an undefeated season were ended, but it proved to be the only blemish on their win-loss record, as they finished the season with a league-best 17–1 record. The 17 wins is a league record for a team in a single season. Not all of these wins came easy, however. Cleveland won five games in the regular season on the final play of the game. In the conference semifinals, they notched their sixth last-second win of the season. This one came against the Philadelphia Soul on a field goal as time expired to win by a 39–37 score. In the conference championship, they faced the Orlando Predators. Cleveland defeated Orlando 56–46 to reach the ArenaBowl for the first time in franchise history.

East Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
z-Cleveland Gladiators 171.9449917827–112–19–08–1
x-Pittsburgh Power 153.83310157786–211–28–17–2
x-Philadelphia Soul 99.50010219492–57–77–22–7
Iowa Barnstormers 612.33384810460–72–103–63–6

x - Clinched playoff berth
z - Clinched division and conference's best record

WeekDateOpponentResult
1March 15at PittsburghW 63–53
2Bye
3March 29at New OrleansW 37–26
4April 4IowaW 54–47
5April 12at Los AngelesW 40–30
6April 19at SpokaneW 52–50
7April 26PittsburghW 55–28
8Bye
9May 10Los AngelesW 45–42
10May 17at IowaW 63–46
11May 23PhiladelphiaW 54–52
12May 31at PittsburghL 34–48
13June 7IowaW 86–49
14June 14New OrleansW 62–46
15June 21at PhiladelphiaW 69–68
16June 27Tampa BayW 48–41
17July 5PortlandW 61–40
18July 12at San AntonioW 50–47 (OT)
19July 19JacksonvilleW 62–20
20July 26at Tampa BayW 56–49
August 2PhiladelphiaW 39–37
August 10OrlandoW 56–46

Box score

1234Total
Rattlers (NC)1430141472
Gladiators (AC)6761332

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: August 23, 2014
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 18,410
  • Referee: Reggie Smith
Scoring summary
QuarterTime Drive TeamScoring informationScore
Plays Yards TOP ARICLE
113:312451:29ARI Windsor 41-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good70
17:35ARIInterception returned 46 yards for touchdown by Reed, Ratanamorn kick good140
12:286404:17CLE Taylor 9-yard touchdown reception from Austin, Pettrey kick no good146
214:194452:21ARI Jackson 11-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good216
212:471–90:48ARIAustin tackled in end zone for a safety by Dukes 236
210:514302:01ARI Poots 12-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good306
25:056253:27ARIReed 5-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good376
20:385351:35CLE Lewis 15-yard touchdown reception from Austin, Pettrey kick good3713
20:321100:04ARIWindsor 10-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good4413
311:02351:37ARIReed 3-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good5113
36:491300:13ARIWindsor 30-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good5813
31:506363:52CLE Goodman 30-yard touchdown reception from Austin, 2-point pass intercepted5819
413:174452:01ARIPoots 15-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good6519
48:445453:38CLEGoodman 5-yard touchdown reception from Dieker, Pettrey kick no good6525
45:544452:05ARIJackson 12-yard touchdown reception from Davila, Ratanamorn kick good7225
41:455303:15CLEGoodman 6-yard touchdown reception from Dieker, Pettrey kick good7232
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.7232

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