The Arizona Rattlers lost, even though they won.
They knocked off league best Orlando Predators 62-45 on Monday night, but the Predators won the tiebreaker thanks to a last second field goal, preventing Arizona from having home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Rattlers were able to take control of the game with a 14-0 second quarter, and led 27-14 at the break. Their offense was able to keep the Predators at bay the rest of the night as they answered every time Orlando made a run.
A touchdown by Anthony Amos with 3:30 left put the Rattlers up 62-42.
Under normal circumstances, there would be no need to keep playing, but a points tiebreaker was at stake.
Needing to win by 19 or more, the Rattlers defense was powerless to stop the Predators offense in the final minutes, and Orlando kicked an 18 yard field goal with five seconds left to secure the tiebreaker.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone celebrate after a loss” quarterback Nick Davila told Richard Obert afterwords.
Not all is lost for the Rattlers, though.
They can still clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
In order for that to happen, they need to beat the Cleveland Gladiators at home next Sunday, then need the Predators to lose to the Philadelphia Soul the following Sunday.