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ArenaBowl XXVI


ArenaBowl XXVI was the 26th edition of the championship in the Arena Football League. The National Conference champion Arizona Rattlers, defeated the American Conference champion Philadelphia Soul, 48–39. The game was played on August 17, 2013 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home of the Orlando Predators.[1]

The halftime show was performed by KISS.

The two teams met one year earlier in ArenaBowl XXV, in which the Rattlers took home the league championship by a score of 72–54. This was the first time that two teams met in consecutive ArenaBowls.

Venue

ArenaBowl XXVI was played at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, after a unanimous vote by all 14 teams in the league. It was the second consecutive ArenaBowl to be played at a neutral site, and the seventh in the history of the league. For the city of Orlando, it was the first ArenaBowl played there since ArenaBowl XIV in 2000 when the Orlando Predators defeated the Nashville Katz at the since-demolished Amway Arena.[2]

Television

ArenaBowl XXVI was televised by CBS, as part of a two-year agreement between the league and the network to air weekly regular season games, as well as two postseason games, on CBS Sports Network.[3]

Background

Philadelphia Soul

The Soul reached the ArenaBowl for the second consecutive season, having lost to the Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXV. They began the 2013 season with a 4–4 record, but proceeded to win eight of their ten remaining regular season games to clinch their division again with a 12–6 record. In the conference semifinals, they defeated the Orlando Predators in a back-and-forth affair by a 59–55 score. In the conference championship, they faced the Jacksonville Sharks as they had in the previous season. Philadelphia won the game on the road 75–59 to earn their third ArenaBowl berth in franchise history.[4]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 March 23 at Arizona L 52–66
2 Bye
3 April 6 at Orlando W 61–33
4 April 13 at Iowa W 54–43
5 April 20 Cleveland L 57–64 (OT)
6 April 27 Jacksonville L 53–55
7 May 4 at Chicago W 72–41
8 May 11 Pittsburgh L 48–53
9 May 18 Orlando W 61–51
10 May 25 at Tampa Bay W 73–55
11 June 1 Arizona L 57–64
12 June 8 New Orleans W 65–56
13 June 15 at Pittsburgh W 59–21
14 June 22 Iowa W 54–30
15 June 29 at Cleveland W 66–57
16 July 6 Chicago W 56–28
17 July 12 Utah W 69–39
18 July 20 at San Jose W 65–43
19 July 27 at San Antonio L 28–42
August 3 Orlando W 59–55
August 10 at Jacksonville W 75–59

Arizona Rattlers

The Rattlers came into the game as defending champions, having defeated Philadelphia in ArenaBowl XXV. In 2013, the Rattlers finished the regular season with a 15–3 record, one win short of matching a franchise record. With home field advantage in the playoffs, they defeated the San Jose SaberCats in the conference semifinals 59–49, and then the Spokane Shock in the conference championship 65–57. Arizona made their eighth ArenaBowl appearance, and it was also the third consecutive season that the Rattlers made it to the league championship.

Week Date Opponent Result
1 March 23 Philadelphia W 66–52
2 March 29 at Utah W 77–49
3 April 6 San Jose W 73–47
4 April 12 at Spokane L 49–66
5 April 20 San Antonio W 83–40
6 April 28 Orlando W 82–42
7 May 4 at Jacksonville W 58–48
8 May 11 Utah W 65–49
9 May 19 at Chicago W 56–49
10 May 25 Iowa W 70–26
11 June 1 at Philadelphia W 64–57
12 June 8 at San Antonio W 70–21
13 June 15 Spokane W 59–42
14 June 22 at San Jose W 42–72
15 Bye
16 July 6 at Orlando W 84–56
17 July 13 New Orleans W 79–42
18 July 20 Chicago L 42–63
19 July 27 at Iowa W 84–45
August 4 San Jose W 59–49
August 10 Spokane W 65–57

Box score

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