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RUSH SUFFER FIRST HOME LOSS OF THE 2012 SEASON

SaberCats Quarterback Mark Grieb threw for 6 touchdowns last night.

The Rush had the perfect opportunity in front of them last night. San Jose came into this game losing two in a row {Including an AFL record setter last week}, while the Rush had won two in row plus they were 7-0 at home. Not to mention the Rush wanted revenge for the overtime loss to San Jose back in May. But the Rush’s quest for vengence would go unfulfilled as San Jose came into the Allstate Arena last night and took over. San Jose had more possessions, and costly penalties on offense were just the beginning of the Rush’s problems.

Turnovers also hurt the Rush, but the biggest problem was the Rush defense. After putting on a clinic for the previous two weeks, the Rush defense was taken to school last night. At times it seemed like the SaberCats receivers ran circles around the Rush secondary. And Cats Quarterback Mark Grieb threw the ball with the greatest of ease with little to no pressure from the Rush defensive line. Even though Rush Quarterback Russ Michna threw for more yards and more touchdowns than Grieb did, assistance from San Jose’s defense and special teams kept them ahead of the Rush late in the game.

Things were bad for the Rush from the opening kickoff, and despite the Rush’s numerous comeback attempts the SaberCats always seemed to be one step ahead. And as a result the Rush lose their first home game of the 2012 season with only one home game left to play. San Jose breaks their two game losing steak by a final score of 75-61. San Jose moves back into the playoff race. They now hold the 4th and final playoff spot in the national conference. The Rush are now a half game out with 3 games left to play. Here is the box score from last night’s game: http://www.arenafootball.com/game/san-jose-sabercats-chicago-rush-6-30-2012

The Rush are once again fighting for their playoff lives and things don’t get any easier from here. Next Sunday the Central Division leading San Antonio Talons make their way to Allstate Arena for the Rush’s final home game of the 2012 AFL season. The Talons defeated the Rush to take over the Central Division earlier this season and they’ve hung onto that division lead ever since. After that the Rush finish the season on the road which hasn’t been to kind to them in 2012. They’ve only won 2 games away from Rosemont this year.

These final three games are crucial for the Rush to keep their playoff appearance streak alive.

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