#1 08/07/07. Playoffs von Sambora 14.07.2007 02:13


ATLANTA – The Philadelphia Soul came up short in the National Conference Division round against the Georgia Force, 65-39 in front of 11,225 fans at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The Force broke out to an early 14-0 lead after wide
Troy Bergeron took the opening kickoff 56-yards and quarterback Chris Greisen hit Derek Lee on a 38-yard completion. Lee’s touchdown reception was on the second offensive play from scrimmage for Georgia after Tony Graziani was intercepted by James Whitley during the Soul’s first possession.

Philadelphia finally got on the board with 8:16 remaining in the first quarter, but the Force wasted no time at all to put more points on the board. Greisen found Bergeron for his first receiving touchdown of the day, yet kicker Carlos Martinez missed the extra point as the Force held a 20-7 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Soul were then held on their next two drives to field goals to cut into the deficit, 20-13 before Bergeron caught his second score after Eddie Moten seemed to breakup the pass. Moten knocked the ball up in the air, but fell into the hands of Bergeron to extend the lead to 27-13.

The Blue and Grey where held on four downs there next drive and saw Georgia capitalize as Greisen ran into the endzone to give the Force a 33-13 advantage. Following the Force touchdown, the Soul worked the clock down to :10 seconds before Graziani connected with Jerrian James for a score to bring Philadelphia within 14 at 33-19. Before the clock expired on the Georgia offense, Bergeron was forced to the sideline with a sprained knee and did not return to the game.

As the second half started, Graziani was picked off in the red zone by former Soul defensive back Reggie Doster. The turnover led to a Force touchdown and a 39-19 lead, yet Philadelphia didn’t lay down as they went the length of the field to get in the end zone and trim the lead to 39-26.

Both teams exchanged scores before the Soul were held on downs for the second time in the game with just under 11 minutes left in the game. Georgia took advantage and extended their lead to 25 at 58-33. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball took a bad bounce of the top part of the net and was recovered by Jarrick Hillery.

Each team traded a score a piece to finish the game with the Force a head 65-39.

Graziani finished the night completing 22-of-43 for 263 yards with five touchdowns despite two interceptions.

Greisen led the way for the Force connecting on 18-of-25 for 301 yards with seven scores and no interceptions. His main target was Chris Jackson after making a game-high 10 receptions for 169 yards with four touchdowns.

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