2013 AFL Playoff Schedule
Sunday July 28, 2013
The 2013 AFL playoffs are officially set upon the conclusion of Week 19, and here at ArenaFan, we are doing a quick breakdown of all four of the games that are left on the docket.
National Conference Playoffs
The Shock went to Chicago earlier this year and took down the Rush 76-61, and now, they are going to have a chance to do it all over again in Spokane. The Shock have never been beaten in an AFL playoff game at home in their history, and they are 11-2 all-time in playoff games in Spokane including their days in the af2. The Rush won the Central Division, but they are forced to go on the road for what the league is referring to as "arena issues." QB Erik Meyer led the league this season with 112 touchdown passes. The Shock broke the league record for the most wins by double digits in AFL history, but they are going to be going against a Chicago team that managed to finish 10-8 this season in spite of the fact that the league has tied its hands with transactions all season long. The Rush were forced to play 10 road games this season because of their impromptu "move" to Rockford mid-season, but they ended up tying for the league lead for the most road wins this season with seven.
The Rattlers and the SaberCats absolutely hate each other, and there is no doubt that this is going to be one of those chippy playoff games between two fantastic teams. The two meetings this year were complete polar opposites of one another. San Jose won 72-42 in June, but back in April, Arizona scored a 73-47 victory. The home team has won five of the last six meetings since June 2011. The SaberCats have only played in one playoff game since losing the ArenaBowl in 2008, and that game resulted in a loss right here in Arizona. San Jose is 3-2 all-time in this series in the postseason. QB Nick Davila and QB Russ Michna were two of the best quarterbacks in the league this season, and both should be expected to light up the scoreboard in this rivalry playoff game.
American Conference Playoffs
The Storm and the Sharks met just last week in a game that got a bit out of hand in the second half. Jacksonville ended up pulling out a big 52-44 victory that ultimately ended up giving the team home field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs. The loss also proved to be damning for the Storm, who dropped down to the No. 4 seed. Tampa Bay enters the playoffs on a seven-game losing streak, marking the longest losing streak a team has ever been on heading into the playoffs in league history. The Storm have never won a game in Jacksonville in franchise history, and they are just 1-7 in the eight all-time meetings between these two. The Sharks have only lost one home playoff game in their history, going 3-1 in its four games. However, the last time we saw Jacksonville in the playoffs, the Sharks were trashed by the biggest margin of defeat in a postseason game in AFL history 89-34 at the hands of Philadelphia.
The Predators and the Soul were never particularly likely combatants in the postseason, but thanks to the fact that Philadelphia was beaten in Week 19 by the San Antonio Talons, this game was made possible. Orlando and Philadelphia have met each other 11 times dating back to 2005, and the Soul own an 8-3 lead. The two teams are each 1-1 against each other in the playoffs. The Predators have never won a game in the City of Brotherly Love in franchise history, marking one of the very few venues in AFL history in which they have never been victorious. QB Dan Raudabaugh and QB Aaron Garcia combined for over 200 touchdown passes this season, and Garcia, in spite of the fact that he was traded mid-season from San Jose, still threw for over 5,000 yards this year for the first time in his career. The Predators enter this game beaten up quite a bit, as they will be without OL Devin Clark, OL Julius Wilson, WR Jason Geathers, and DL Jermaine Smith.