Arena Bowl Berth on the Line as Shock Visit Rattlers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Arena Bowl Berth on the Line as Shock Visit Rattlers

Posted: Updated:

The brief history runs deep but the stakes have never been higher in the rivalry showdown between the Spokane Shock and Arizona Rattlers as they will be this weekend in the National Conference Championship.

The Arena Football League's two best teams – statistically speaking – square off at 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday from the US Airways Center in Phoenix with a trip to Arena Bowl XXVI on the line. 

The Shock (15-4) enter the game looking for its second Arena Bowl appearance since joining the AFL in 2010. Spokane won its only other Arena Bowl appearance in the team's inaugural season, downing Tampa Bay 69-57 in Spokane. 

Arizona (16-3) is aiming for its eighth Arena Bowl appearance – and third in a row – after knocking off San Jose 59-49 in the first round of the playoffs. The defending champion Rattlers are 3-4 all-time in the Arena Bowl dating back to their inception in 1992.

Both teams know each other well; since Spokane joined the AFL in 2010, the Rattlers and Shock have matched up 10 times in regular season play (5-5) and twice (1-1) in postseason play, including splitting the regular season series this year. Additionally, Arizona quarterback Nick Davila spent two seasons with Spokane (2008-2009) when the Shock played in the af2. Davila helped lead the team to a 38-3 overall record, two ArenaCup appearances and a championship in 2009. In that championship season, Davila completed 349 passes for 3,863 yards and 86 touchdowns on the way to being named first-team All-af2.

The National Conference Championship boasts the League's first and second ranked teams in several statistical categories, including points per game, touchdowns, and red zone conversion rate. Arizona has a slight edge in a couple key defensive categories: turnover margin (+33 to +32) and interceptions (41-31). 

The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

  • Spokane ShockSpokane ShockMore>>

  • Shock's Sanders Wins Playmaker Award

    Shock's Sanders Wins Playmaker Award

    Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Year on Friday. (Photo: Shock MR)Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Year on Friday. (Photo: Shock MR)
    At the 2014 AFL Awards Ceremony in Cleveland on Thursday, the Arena Football League announced the winners of its most coveted individual honors. Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila brought home a pair of awards, including the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Year and AFL MVP of the Year. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Spokane Shock defensive back Terrance Sanders was recognize...>>
    At the 2014 AFL Awards Ceremony in Cleveland on Thursday, the Arena Football League announced the winners of its most coveted individual honors. Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila brought home a pair of awards, including the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Year and AFL MVP of the Year. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Spokane Shock defensive back Terrance Sanders was recognize...>>
  • Ruffin Named AFL Defensive Lineman Of The Year

    Ruffin Named AFL Defensive Lineman Of The Year

    The Arena Football League Office announced today that San Jose SaberCats offensive lineman Rich Ranglin has been named Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year and Spokane Shock defensive end James Ruffin has been named Krossover Defensive Lineman of the Year.>>
    The Arena Football League Office announced today that San Jose SaberCats offensive lineman Rich Ranglin has been named Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year and Spokane Shock defensive end James Ruffin has been named Krossover Defensive Lineman of the Year.>>
  • Ruffin, Sanders Named To All-Arena First Team

    Ruffin, Sanders Named To All-Arena First Team

    Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's top return man of 2014 on Wednesday (Photo: Spokane Shock)Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's top return man of 2014 on Wednesday (Photo: Spokane Shock)
    Headlining the First Team All-Arena squad at defensive end were James Ruffin, who led the League with 14 sacks as a member of the Spokane Shock, and Ted Jennings, who collected 11 sacks of his own with the Philadelphia Soul.>>
    Headlining the First Team All-Arena squad at defensive end were James Ruffin, who led the League with 14 sacks as a member of the Spokane Shock, and Ted Jennings, who collected 11 sacks of his own with the Philadelphia Soul.>>
  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Vancouver Tops Spokane 5-3, C's Clinch 2nd Half Division Title

    Vancouver Tops Spokane 5-3, C's Clinch 2nd Half Division Title

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:00:49 GMT
    The Spokane Indians finally pulled out a win thanks to an early offensive display.The Spokane Indians finally pulled out a win thanks to an early offensive display.
    In a play that could have jumped off the pages of a Hollywood script, Canadians LF Jon Davis broke from third base and stole home plate in the bottom of the 6th inning, snapping a 3-3 tie helping Vancouver to a 5-3 victory that sends the C's to the post-season for an unprecedented fifth consecutive season.>>
    In a play that could have jumped off the pages of a Hollywood script, Canadians LF Jon Davis broke from third base and stole home plate in the bottom of the 6th inning, snapping a 3-3 tie helping Vancouver to a 5-3 victory that sends the C's to the post-season for an unprecedented fifth consecutive season.
    >>
  • Mariners Avoid Sweep Thanks To Ackley

    Mariners Avoid Sweep Thanks To Ackley

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:31:57 GMT
    Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.>>
    Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.
    >>
  • Seahawks Trim Roster, Former Vandal Mayowa Cut

    Seahawks Trim Roster, Former Vandal Mayowa Cut

    When it came time for a show of hands in cutting their roster from 75 to 53 players on Saturday, the Seahawks ended up keeping seven wide receivers.>>
    When it came time for a show of hands in cutting their roster from 75 to 53 players on Saturday, the Seahawks ended up keeping seven wide receivers.>>