Updated: June 19, 2007 7:42:35 AM PDT

Four teams battling for final two playoff spots


THE PLAYOFF CHASE

And then there were two.

With four teams -- Columbus and New York in the National Conference and Utah and Nashville in the American Conference -- battling for two spots, here's the breakdown:

Columbus Destroyers (6-9): Columbus takes a final shot at clinching a playoff spot at New York on Saturday. If the Destroyers win, they're in. Columbus can even lose and clinch a playoff spot as long as it doesn't lose by nine points or more.

New York Dragons (5-10): A win won't be enough for New York. The only way for the Dragons to make the playoffs is to beat Columbus by at least nine points. Still, without QB Aaron Garcia, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, it might be tough.


Utah Blaze (7-8): The Blaze visit Los Angeles and if they win, they're in. It's that simple. They also make the playoffs if Nashville loses to Grand Rapids.


Nashville Kats (6-9): If Nashville beats the Rampage and the Blaze lose to L.A., the Kats are in based on their head-to-head record against the Blaze (Nashville beat Utah 69-55 on March 18).

TOP PERFORMERS

A look at the best individual performances from Week 16:

Georgia QB Chris Greisen: Greisen, who threw eight TDs in the win over Orlando, became the AFL's single-season record holder for touchdown passes in a season. He completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jackson with 11:07 remaining in the second quarter to break the previous mark of 105, set last year by Dallas Desperados QB Clint Dolezel. In a nice twist, Greisen spent last season as Dolezel's backup before being acquired by the Force this offseason. Griesen now has 111 TDs.

Los Angeles QB Sonny Cumbie: Cumbie completed 27 of 40 passes for 291 yards and six touchdowns in L.A.'s win over Las Vegas.

The San Jose defense: The SaberCats held Arizona to just six second-half points. San Jose forced a turnover on downs and intercepted a pair of passes on the Rattlers' final three possessions to hold Arizona to a season-low point total (26).

Nashville WR/KR C.J. Johnson: Johnson set a new Kats record for most return yards in a game with 302, breaking Kats WR/KR Demetris Bendross' 235 yards in Week 11. Johnson also returned two of the kickoffs for touchdowns.

Columbus QB Matt Nagy: Nagy completed 21 of 41 passes for 204 yards and seven touchdowns in the Destroyers' heartbreaking loss to Philly.

The Dallas defense: Dallas forced five turnovers, including three interceptions and two fumbles. DB Jermaine Jones returned two interceptions for touchdowns, while Will Pettis caught the third. In addition, the Dallas defense got to the Dragons' quarterbacks for four sacks.

Philadelphia QB Tony Graziani: Graziani finished with 280 yards and seven TDs, including the game winner with seven seconds remaining, as the Soul clinched a playoff spot.

Austin QB Lang Campbell: Campbell completed 32 of 41 passes for 356 yards and seven touchdowns in a loss to New Orleans.

MONDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

Dallas (14-1) at Colorado (8-6)
Monday, June 25
(ESPN2/360, 10 p.m. ET)

While it looks like this game may not mean all that much to the two playoff-bound teams, don't tell that to Colorado. The Crush, who have lost three straight, need a solid effort just to get a little momentum heading into the postseason. Hard to peg just what is wrong with the Crush, who are in the midst of their worst losing streak since 2005. QB John Dutton played better on Monday, but the offense is still inconsistent. The defense has been scuffling as well, not a good thing considering arguably the best offense in the league, Dallas, is coming into town. Now, how much Clint Dolezel & Co. play is a good question, but it doesn't matter to Colorado. The Crush just want a win.

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WEEK 16 RUNDOWN
Georgia 55, Orlando 44
So much for coasting in down the stretch. Chris Jackson hauls in 11 catches for 146 yards and three TDs as Force down Predators.

Philadelphia 56, Columbus 53
Tony Graziani's TD pass with three seconds left to play lifted the Soul past the Destroyers and into the playoffs.

Tampa Bay 69, Grand Rapids 40
The Storm used a balanced attack -- four passing TDs, three rushing and two fumble recoveries for TDs -- to cruise past the Rampage and clinch a home playoff game.

Kansas City 66, Nashville 63
Raymond Philyaw threw five TD passes as the Brigade clinched a home playoff game and kept their Central Division title hopes alive with a win over Nashville.

Dallas 67, New York 13
Playing Dallas is tough enough, but playing it without injured QB Aaron Garcia was too tough of a task for the Dragons.

San Jose 66, Arizona 26
Mark Grieb threw six TDs and the SaberCats' defense was dominating as San Jose won its ninth straight game.

Los Angeles 60, Las Vegas 42
Thanks to Nashville's loss, the Avengers learned they were in the playoffs before they kicked off, but still played hard and downed a scrappy Las Vegas team.

New Orleans 66, Austin 61
Steve Bellisari threw seven TDs and ran for another as the VooDoo topped the Wranglers.

Chicago 66, Colorado 57
Bobby Sippio caught 10 passes for 114 yards and three TDs as Chicago completed the season sweep of the Crush.

MOTION
Debating who's the AFL's best.
 

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