After a big start the Storm staggered the rest of the way, losing their season finale 54-35 at Jacksonville Saturday night.
Except for one possession where Jacksonville started at its own 1 with :36 left in the first half, the Sharks scored every time they had the ball. Tommy Grady threw for eight touchdowns, four to former Storm receiver Joe Hills.
Jason Boltus, returning to quarterback after missing two games with injury, went 17-of-36. He connected for two long scores to T.T. Toliver in the first quarter, then Nick Addison forced and returned a fumble 17 yards for a score on kickoff and Tampa Bay led 21-13 after one quarter.
Though the 27-21 halftime deficit was much better than the 47-14 margin Tampa Bay faced the last time the teams met, the Storm couldn't carry it into the second half. They were stopped to start the third quarter and Jacksonville converted a pair of fourth downs en route to a two-score lead.
Jacksonville went 4-for-4 on fourth downs. The Storm had just 12 first downs on the night.
Tampa Bay (2-14) heads to Allentown next week to play the Philadelphia Soul (13-3) in the first round of the playoffs. The Storm led Philly going into the fourth quarter two weeks ago before losing 56-51.