The worst season in Tampa Bay Storm history ended Sunday with a 63-41 defeat to the Phiadelphia Soul in Allentown, Pa. Tampa Bay finished with its worst-ever record, 2-15.
Tampa Bay's defense came up with two interceptions and two more stops but the offense could not take advantage, turning it over on downs on all but one of its first five posessions.
By that time Philly was ahead 35-14. The Storm did manage three straight scores, two spectacular TDs by receiver Kendrick Ings, but it was nowhere good enough and they finished with a 2-15 record.
Philly (14-3) started the game with an onside kick and 36-yard scoring drive, while the Storm went nowhere on four plays, soom making it 14-0. Tampa Bay did end the first quarter with a TD pass from Jason Boltus to T.T. Toliver, and then Cortez Stubbs' 15-yard pick-six had the game tied.
However the Soul put up the next 21 points. The Storm defense got a key sack from Everett Dawkins to keep the score 28-14 at halftime, then an interception by Nick Addison on the first play of the third quarter, only to have the offense sputter and not take advantage.
Ings did make a sensational flying catch for a 38-yard TD, and then split the defense and kept his balance while stumbling for a 47-yard score to draw Tampa Bay within 49-34. Then the defense got a turnover on downs, but a Philly sack killed the next Storm drive.
Expect some major changes, soon, certainly on the coaching staff.
Philly (14-3) hosts Jacksonville in one semifinal while Arizona (14-3) takes on Cleveland in the other.