It all comes down to this. The Arizona Rattlers and Philadelphia Soul will square off in ArenaBowl XXIX tomorrow night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. The winner of the game will be crowned the 2016 Arena Football League champion.
Both teams have shown all season long that they are two of the best teams in the league. They have shown that they belong in ArenaBowl XXIX. They have shown they are dominant.
The meeting in ArenaBowl XXIX will be the third meeting between the Rattlers and Soul in 2016. The Soul beat the Rattlers in their first meeting back on May 21. The Rattlers got their revenge against the Soul when the two teams met back in Week 12.
This is also the third meeting between these two teams in the ArenaBowl. The Rattlers bested the Soul in ArenaBowl XXV in 2012 and ArenaBowl XXVI in 2013. The Soul will be looking for revenge when they face off Friday.
Both teams have stellar offenses and stellar defenses. Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila and Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh were first and second in the MVP voting with (Raudabaugh/Davila) besting (Davila/Raudabaugh) to win the award. Both quarterbacks also have great receivers to throw to.
Soul wide receiver Darius Reynolds proved to be the hero in the American Conference Championship game against the Jacksonville Sharks, catching the game winning touchdown with just four seconds left. Alongside him is Shaun Kauleinamoku, who has been one of Raudabaugh’s favorite targets.
Davila has the Rattlers all-time leading receiver in Rod Windsor. Windsor and Davila have become one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos in the league. Also helping out on offense is Maurice Purify.
On defense, the Soul are first and second in interceptions and also first in sacks. Arizona’s defense has picked apart their opponents all season, leading the league in turnover margin.
When these two teams get together for the final game of the 2016 Arena Football League season, anything can happen. Both teams have an advantage over the other, and both teams are also very equal in many ways. This could wind up being one of the greatest games played in league history.