PHILADELPHIA – Turnovers plagued the Shock (8-8) in their visit to Philadelphia (14-3), resulting in a 62-48 loss.
For the first time in weeks, Spokane entered the game without having to worry about playoff implications. That was due to San Jose's win over New Orleans Saturday, which knocked the Shock out of postseason contention.
The opening of Sunday's game may have been a foreshadowing of the differing nature of this contest as opposed to the Week 11 outcome when Spokane came away with an upset victory. This week Philadelphia wide receiver Jeff Hughley took the opening kick off the rebound net and returned it for a 55 yard touchdown, opening the gate for the league’s highest scoring offense.
Spokane did answer back in the first quarter, using a pair of touchdown passes, including a four yard strike from Kyle Rowley to Jeffrey Solomon to put Spokane up 14-7.
Back and forth action continued until a costly interception by Spokane opened the door for Philadelphia to take a 42-34 halftime lead.
Spokane lost the handle on the opening kick return of the third quarter, allowing Philadelphia to take a two score lead at 48-34.
Rowley finished the game with four interceptions, including a late Philly pick that allowed the Soul to run off the remaining seconds of on the clock and go on to a 62-48 victory.
Rowley completed 29 of 48 attempts for 325 yards with 7 TDs and 4 INTs. Adron Tennell led the Shock receivers with 13 receptions for 141 yards and 4 TDs. Harper added 9 receptions for 107 yards and one TD. Defensively, LB Terence Moore had 7 tackles and one forced fumble while DB Charles Ealy recorded one interception on the night.
The Philadelphia Soul were led by QB Dan Raudabaugh who completed 16 of 22 attempts for 179 yards with 5 TDs and one INT. FB Derrick Ross gained 83 yards on 11 carries and punched in 3 TDs.
Spokane visits Kansas City Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (PT), before wrapping up the 2012 season at home against Tampa July 21st at 7:00 p.m.