Arizona Rattlers Game Notes
Game: San Jose SaberCats at Arizona Rattlers
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2006
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Site: Phoenix, Ariz.
Arena: U.S. Airways Center (16,321)
Radio: ESPN Radio 860 AM (Kent Derdivanis, Dale Hellestrae)
Series Record: Arizona leads 13-9 (1-3 in postseason)
Last Meeting: Arizona 54, San Jose 44 - May 14, 2005 at America West Arena
Officials: Tom McCabe (R), Paul Frerking (U), Brent Durbin (HL), Bob McElwee (LJ), Keith Washington (BJ)
Head Coaches: Arizona - Gene Nudo (first season, 0-2) San Jose - Darren Arbet (eighth season, 73-33, 9-4 playoffs)
Arizona: Antoine Ibrahim (602) 514-8302, cell (310) 628-0976, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose: Phil Simon (408) 573-5587, cell (408) 234-4677, email@example.com
2006 RATTLERS: The Rattlers hope to avoid their first 0-3 start in franchise history while their division rival San Jose SaberCats are trying to avoid their first 0-3 since 1998 when the storied rivals clash on Sunday. QB Sherdrick Bonner looks to return to the lineup after missing last week's game with a sprained throwing shoulder. Due to the injury, the Rattler's were forced to turn to their backups in a losing effort to Austin during their home opener. New Rattler Head Coach Gene Nudo, who is on the sidelines this season for the first time since 1995 when he was an assistant, searches for his first victory with a team that has brought back 12 returnees. Bonner, who is one of the league's most prolific passers, returns for his 13th season, needing just 35 touchdown passes to become the third player in AFL history to throw for 700. Another veteran, WR/LB Randy Gatewood has recorded touchdown receptions in each of the first two games and continues to contribute defensivley. The team has also brought back FB/LB Bo Kelly, who enters his tenth season. New faces include OS Damien Groce, who had an impressive debut last week, recording 99 receiving yards and WR/DB Jeremiah Pope, a promising rookie that has already recorded an interception. Of the 12 returnees, eight of them are linemen, including linemen Wendall Gaines, Kelvin Ingram, and Mark Tucker. Defensively, the team relies on veteran DS Clarence Lawson to lead a backfield that also includes veteran Joe Todd, who was a free agent acquisition. Kicker Gary Kral, who joined the team late last season, has been effective, nailing four field goals this season.
THE SERIES: The Rattlers will meet their division-rival for the 27th time. Only the Orlando Predators and Tampa Bay Storm have met more often. Arizona holds a 13-9 regular season advantage, with a 6-3 record at home while San Jose holds a 3-1 postseason advantage. Two of the four Rattler playoff losses to the SaberCats were in ArenaBowls (2002, 2004.) Last season, the two teams split with each team winning at home. San Jose took the first contest in Week 10, 48-27, on April 3, 2005 and Arizona took the second matchup, 54-44, in Week 16 at America West Arena.
ARIZONA RATTLERS (0-2)
Date Opponent Time(M) TV
Jan. 29 @ Los Angeles Loss 40-31
Feb. 3 Austin Loss 53-34
Feb. 12 San Jose 6:00 None
Feb. 18 Utah 7:00 None
Feb. 24 @ Columbus 5:00 FSAZ
Mar. 6 Nashville 7:00 None
Mar. 10 Orlando 7:00 None
Mar. 17 @ Las Vegas 8:30 FSAZ
Mar. 24 Los Angeles 7:00 FSAZ
April 2 @ San Jose 3:00 NBC
April 7 @ Utah 7:00 FSAZ(delay)
April 15 Chicago 7:00 None
April 23 @ G. Rapids 11:00a None
April 29 @ Dallas 5:00 None
May 6 Las Vegas 7:00 None
May 12 @ Colorado 6:00 FSAZ(delay)
SAN JOSE SABERCATS (0-2)
Date Opponent Time(M) TV
Jan. 28 Utah Loss 48-35
Feb. 3 @ Las Vegas Loss 51-48
Feb. 12 @Arizona 6:00 WB
Feb. 19 @Grand Rapids 11:00a WB
Feb. 26 @Chicago 10:00a NBC
Mar. 4 @Utah 6:00 WB
Mar. 12 LOS ANGELES 3:00 NBC
Mar. 17 GEORGIA 7:30 FSN
Mar. 25 @Nashville 5:00 NBC
Apr. 2 ARIZONA 3:00 NBC
Apr. 7 @Tampa Bay 4:30 WB
Apr. 14 LAS VEGAS 7:30 FSN
Apr. 22 AUSTIN 7:30 None
Apr. 29 @Los Angeles 7:30 WB
May 6 COLORADO 7:30 None
May 13 COLUMBUS 7:30 None
RATTLER HEAD COACH: Gene Nudo enters his first season as head coach to become the third head coach in franchise history. Nudo joined the Rattlers coaching staff in 1995 as an assistant head coach before becoming a part of the team's front office in 1996. A true pioneer in the AFL, Nudo coached the first-ever Arena Football games in Rockford, Ill. (1986) as well as its "Showcase Game" in Rosemont, Ill. (1987). He would later serve as the Director of Player Personnel and assistant coach for the Chicago Bruisers (1987-88), helping guide them to a berth in ArenaBowl II.
THIS WEEKS QUOTES:
Rattler head coach Gene Nudo on last week's loss to Austin: "The inconsistent play really got to us, especially offensively. We did not do a good job of protecting our quarterbacks and we did not run our routes effectively. Despite our lack of offense, I was proud of our defense as they continue to improve along with the pass rush. I thought our kicker (Kral) played well also."
Nudo on San Jose: "They are a sound team that makes the most of opportunities. Their coach is one of the best in the game because he has been able to keep a solid nucleus. They have a very experienced quarterback who has knows the offense very well. We are going to have to keep our mistakes down because they do an excellent job of taking advantage of turnovers."
Nudo on the keys to the game: "We are going to have to do a better job at moving the ball. We cannot continue to have three-and-outs and four-and-outs. They are a team that likes to press on defense and challenge you. I anticipate a very physical type of game. We are just going to have to stay consistent throughout if we want to get our first win. Both teams are coming in here hungry, I expect a tough-fought battle."
2005 Results (7-9)
Date Opponent Result Score
Jan. 28 @ G. Rapids Win 58-38
Feb. 3 Orlando Loss 51-40
Feb.12 @ Georgia Loss 61-47
Feb. 19 Colorado Loss 69-74
Feb. 27 @ New York Loss 61-37
Mar. 6 Los Angeles Loss 33-29
Mar. 13 @ Tampa Bay Loss 59-56
Mar. 19 Las Vegas Loss 66-63
Mar. 26 @ Nashville Win 48-35 (OT)
April 3 @ San Jose Loss 48-27
April 8 Columbus Win 70-53
April 22 Austin Win 52-26
April 30 @ Los Angeles Loss 59-56
May 6 Chicago Win 61-43
May 14 San Jose Win 54-44
May 22 @ Las Vegas Win 49-42
NEXT GAME: The Rattlers finish the final portion of a three game home stand when they take on their newest division rival, the expansion Utah Blaze on February 18. It will first of two meetings between the clubs. The game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN Radio 860 AM.
THE "IF" SECTION
If the Rattlers defeat San Jose it would:
- be their fifth victory in their last six home games
- be their sixth win in their last nine games
- be their second-straight victory against San Jose
- give them a 7-3 all-time regular season home record against the SaberCats
- give them a 1-1 division record
Rattlers Coaching History
Season - Head Coach
1992-2004 Danny White 141-57
2005 Todd Shell 7-9
2006 Gene Nudo 0-2
DIVISION ADDITION: The league's Western division took new shape this year with the addition of the expansion Utah Blaze. The Blaze are coached by former Rattler head coach Danny White, who is the team's head coach while former Rattler WR/LB Hunkie Cooper is an assistant.
SLOW STARTERS: The Rattlers have hardly been known for breaking out of the gates quickly in recent years. In their last four seasons, Arizona has a combined 8-18 record during the first half of the season. Despite the slow starts, the Rattlers were still able to make championship runs in 2003 and 2004.
Record to start season
Year - season result First 8 (final overall record)
2003 lost ArenaBowl XVII 4-4 (13-7)
2004 lost ArenaBowl XVIII 3-5 (13-6)
2005 did not qualify for playoffs 1-7 (7-9)
2006 ??? 0-2
25 PERCENT OF THE TOP 20: The league's historical committee announced the top 20 players in AFL history on January 18, 2006. A total of five players with Rattler ties made the list, including current Rattler QB Sherdrick Bonner and WR/DB Randy Gatewood. Former Rattlers included Hunkie Cooper, Aaron Garcia, and Bob McMillen.
Top 20 Players of All-time
1. Eddie Brown - Albany, Indiana
2. Barry Wagner - Orlando, San Jose
3. George LaFrance - Detroit, Tampa Bay, New Jersey
4. Jay Gruden - Tampa Bay, Orlando
5. Hunkie Cooper - Arizona
6. James Baron - Chicago, Nashville
7. Sylvester Bembery - New England, Albany, Tampa
8. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona
9. Stevie Thomas - Tampa Bay, Orlando, New Jersey
10. Dwayne Dixon - Washington, Detroit
11. Aaron Garcia - Arizona, Iowa, New York
12. Kurt Warner - Iowa
13 Sam Hernandez - Las Vegas, Anaheim, San Jose
14. Cory Fleming - Carolina, Orlando, Nashville
14. Greg Hopkins - Albany, Indiana, Los Angeles
16. Alvin Rettig - Detroit
17. Randy Gatewood - Arizona
17. Gary Mullen - Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati
19. John Corker - Detroit, Miami
20. Bob McMillen - Arizona, Chicago
13 = 8 = GREAT: Arizona quarterback Sherdrick Bonner is one of the league's best all-time field generals as he was honored as eighth greatest on the league's top 20 of all-time. In addition to owning every Rattler passing record, he is steadily working his way up the league charts. Currently, Bonner ranks in the top four in four different all-time passing stats with 33,119 passing yards (No. 3 on the AFL career chart), 665 touchdowns (No. 3), 4,288 pass attempts (No. 3), and 2,663 completions (No. 4). Bonner has also won more games than any other quarterback in AFL history with 94 regular season victories and 17 playoff wins.
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 37,306
2. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 35,191
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 33,119
1. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 735
2. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 727
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 665
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 5,459
2. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 4,387
3. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 4,288
1. Andy Kelly - Kansas City Brigade 3,406
2. Clint Dolezel - Dallas Desperados 2,788
3. Aaron Garcia - New York Dragons 2,715
4. Sherdrick Bonner - Arizona Ratters 2,663
SCORING MACHINE: WR/DB Randy Gatewood scored a touchdown in 13 of his 16 games last season. He scored in every game this season (2) and has a total of 171 touchdowns in his career as a Rattler.
PLAYERS TO WATCH THIS WEEK:
San Jose QB Mark Grieb: Despite two losses, Grieb has thrown for 553 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Along with his eight touchdowns, he has also thrown two interceptions. Even though the Rattler defense has played inspired football in two losses, their front line has yet to record a sack. When Grieb gets time in the pocket, he makes opponents pay. The Rattler secondary hopes their guys upfront can apply pressure to help make stops or force San Jose into field goals attempts. Thus far, Grieb has struggled, particularly in short yardage situations, but if the Rattlers don't get to him, that could all change.
Arizona OS Damien Groce: In his first game as a Rattler, Groce was the team's main offensive threat, catching six passes for 99 yards. Groce looks to find his first touchdown and a lot more against a San Jose defense that game up 124 yards and four touchdowns to Marcus Nash last week. Groce will also be called upon to return kicks this week as he was the second-best kick returner in the league last season. In the last two weeks, San Jose's secondary has had trouble containing big time threats, allowing Siaha Burley and Marcus Nash to have huge games. Groce looks to become next on the list of receivers to take advantage of the Cats.
RATTLERS WRANGLED, 53-34
Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 3, 2006) -- For the second time in two weeks, the Rattlers (0-2) used two quarterbacks, had a half with no offensive touchdowns and went down in defeat, 53-34, to the Austin Wranglers (2-0) in front of 10,205 at US Airways Center.
"Completing a pass seemed like a minor miracle tonight," said head coach Gene Nudo, who coached his first game in front of the Rattler faithful. "There wasn't really a silver lining in this one, except that our defense kept us in the game in the first half."
Quarterback Travis Cole started the game after Sherdrick Bonner was inactivated an hour before kickoff due to a shoulder injury he sustained last week.
Cole struggled early, completing just one of his first seven passes in the first quarter while Austin cashed in on a six-yard Dan Krager run and a Todd Sievers 20-yard field goal to take an early 10-3 lead. The Rattlers opened up the game with a 3-0 lead after kicker Gary Kral connected on a 54-yard field goal.
Cole completed two of four passes on the Rattlers' next drive, but Arizona was unable to capitalize on a Kral 36-yard field goal attempt to start the second quarter, as it sailed wide left. After the miss, the Wranglers completed an 11-play 45-yard drive that was capped with a John Fitzgerald one-yard run to put the Wranglers up, 17-3, with 6:15 to go in the half.
After a four-and-out, the Rattlers turned to rookie quarterback Dennis Gile to spark the offense.
"We saw that things weren't working out with Travis, so we gave Dennis a shot," said Nudo.
Austin defensive specialist Damon Mason intercepted Gile's first pass, but the Wranglers were unable to take advantage of the turnover as kicker Todd Sievers missed a 26-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the half.
The Rattlers found a stroke of luck going into the break, scoring 10 points in the last 15 seconds to cut the Wrangler lead to seven, 20-13. The run was capped when wide receiver/linebacker Cosmo DeMatteo scored a touchdown off a net recovery on a kickoff with two seconds left after Kral nailed a 37-yard field goal.
Gile's first touchdown pass, a five-yard completion to receiver Randy Gatewood with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, ended a drought for the Rattlers of over four quarters without an offensive touchdown.
Before the touchdown, Mason intercepted Gile a second time and later got his third of the game to help him earn "Defensive Player of the Game" honors.
"I tried to go in there and make the big play instead of just taking what they were giving me, especially on the three interceptions," said Gile. "I'll take it and I'll learn from it."
Krager, who earned "Ironman of the Game" honors, added two more Austin touchdown runs to give Austin a 40-20 lead early in the fourth.
After another Austin touchdown, the two teams traded touchdowns down the stretch to make the final 53-34.
Gile finished 11-of-25 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while Cole was 6-of-17 for 69 yards.
Damien Groce was the Rattlers top receiver with six catches for 99 yards.
AUSTIN (2-0) 10 10 7 26 -- 53
ARIZONA (0-2) 3 10 7 14 -- 34
RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
2/2 Signed from practice squad OL/DL Ricky Gaspar
QB Dennis Gile
OL/DL Zach Rupp
2/1 Signed OS Damien Groce
Placed on IR OL/DL Kelvin Ingram
FB/LB Frank Trentadue
1/31 Released OS Shannon Culver
1/26 Placed on practice squad OL/DL Ricky Gaspar
QB Dennis Gile
OS Darrell Jones
OL/DL Zach Rupp
1/21 Placed on IR OL/DL Sebastian Barrie
DS Wendell Davis
WR/LB Curtis Fagan
FB/LB Asi Faoa
OL/DL Anthony Hutch
OL/DL Steve Mascorro
FB/LB Steve Warren
Placed on Recallable Waivers OL/DL Ricky Gaspar
QB Dennis Gile
OS Darrell Jones
OL/DL Zach Rupp
Waived QB Nick Rolovich
OL/DL Doug Goodwin
DS Kenneth Stanford
WR/DB Justin Taplin
Released OS Damien Groce
FB/LB Sunungura Rusununguko
FB/LB Kelron Sykes
1/20 Signed FB/LB Sunungura Rusununguko
Waived FB/LB Vincent Brown
1/13 Signed OL/DL Sebastian Barrie
Activated from Refused to Report K Gary Kral
THE RATTLERS ARE ...
- 0-1 at US Airways Center
- 0-1 on the road
- 0-0 when they score more than 50 points
- 0-0 when they score 60 or more points
- 0-2 when they allow less than 60 points
- 0-1 when they allow less than 50 points
- 0-0 when they allow less than 40 points
- 0-1 when they score first
- 0-0 when they commit fewer turnovers
- 0-1 when they commit more turnovers
- 0-0 when a player scores three or more touchdowns
- 0-0 when they score two or more TDs on the ground
- 0-0 when Sherdrick Bonner throws five or more TDs
- 0-0 when Randy Gatewood scores two or more TDs
- 0-0 when Randy Gatewood catches six or more passes
- 0-0 when Bo Kelly scores two or more TDs
- 0-1 when they commit fewer penalties
- 0-0 when they record at least one sack
- 0-1 when they go scoreless for at least one quarter
- 0-0 when they pitch a shutout in a quarter
- 0-0 when the game is decided by 7 or fewer points
- 0-1 when leading at halftime
- 0-1 when trailing at halftime
LAST MEETING WITH SAN JOSE:
RATTLERS STING SABERCATS, 54-44
Phoenix, Ariz. (April 22, 2005) -- The Rattlers entered Saturday night's contest with the SaberCats hoping to extract some revenge for last year's ArenaBowl loss, and damage San Jose's playoff hopes at the same time. They accomplished both, as Randy Gatewood twice intercepted Mark Grieb and Tom Pace returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the Rattlers 54-44 win. It was the third straight loss for San Jose and seventh of the season, snapping their five year streak of ten or more wins. The Rattlers won their second straight, and fourth in their last five games.
The fireworks started early in front of the 12,265 at America West Arena, as Sherdrick Bonner found Randy Gatewood from 24 yards out for a touchdown on the Rattlers first possession. San Jose answered right back, as Grieb found Rashied Davis for the six yard score. Arizona wasted little time on their next possession, as Bonner hit Evan Hlavacek in stride for a 36 yard score. Davis would return the ensuing kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first quarter. The two teams combined for 28 points in the opening frame and a 14-14 tie.
The SaberCats ended the first quarter with a kickoff return for touchdown, and the Rattlers returned the favor right back, as Tom Pace took it 55 yards to the house for a 21-14 lead. On the next San Jose possession, Randy Gatewood picked off Grieb, and then finished off the Arizona drive with a five yard TD reception. San Jose again had trouble holding on to the football on their next drive, as Matt Kinsinger fumbled the ball in the end zone. Jerald Brown recovered for the Rattlers for the touchback.
The Rattlers couldn't score on their next drive, as Gary Kral just missed a 31 yard field goal attempt, but the Arizona defense stepped up in the final minute of the half, stopping San Jose at the Arizona two yard line for a 27-14 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same for the Rattlers, as Gatewood again picked off Grieb on the SaberCats opening possession, leading to a Bonner to Burley touchdown. The two teams traded scores, including an on-side kick attempt that was recovered by Tom Pace and returned 11 yards for the score.
San Jose would make it close late, but the Rattlers would not let up in their final home game of 2005. Sherdrick Bonner was 18-29 for 228 yards and six TDs, including two more to Siaha Burley, who now has 43. Burley is one TD shy of tying the Rattlers franchise record, and three short of tying the AFL record. Randy Gatewood had two touchdown receptions to go along with his two interceptions. Mark Grieb finished 29-44 for 289 yards and four scores in addition to his two picks. Rashied Davis led the SaberCats with eleven catches for 96 yards and two TDs.
SAN JOSE (8-7) 14 0 7 23 -- 44
ARIZONA (6-9) 14 13 14 13 -- 54
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS:
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Las Vegas 1 1 0 .500 97 112
Los Angeles 1 1 0 .500 73 78
Utah 1 1 0 .500 101 91
Arizona 0 2 0 .000 65 93
San Jose 0 2 0 .000 83 99
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Colorado 2 0 0 1.000 126 115
Nashville 2 0 0 1.000 110 55
Chicago 0 2 0 .000 103 116
Grand Rapids 0 2 0 .000 73 104
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Dallas 2 0 0 1.000 114 97
Philadelphia 2 0 0 1.000 99 67
Columbus 1 1 0 .500 80 83
New York 1 1 0 .500 79 104
W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Austin 2 0 0 1.000 117 80
Georgia 1 1 0 .500 107 92
Orlando 1 1 0 .500 79 89
Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 85 95
Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 85 106
THIS WEEK IN THE AFL (all times EST):
Friday, February 10
Georgia at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 11
Dallas at Columbus 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Orlando 7:30 p.m.
New York at Utah 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Los Angeles at Grand Rapids 2:00 p.m.
Austin at Kansas City 2:00 p.m.
Nashville at Chicago 3:00 p.m.
Las Vegas at Colorado 3:00 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona 8:00 p.m.
LAST WEEKS RESULTS
Friday, February 3
Tampa Bay 51, Grand Rapids 43
Kansas City 41, Orlando 48
Columbus 27, Nashville 53
New York 51, Chicago 47
Austin 53, Arizona 34
Saturday, February 4
Dallas 56, Utah 53
Sunday, February 5
Colorado 61, Georgia 59
Los Angeles 33, Philadelphia 47
Monday, February 6
Las Vegas 51, San Jose 48
ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: The Rattlers have three players with local connections: OL/DL Vince Amey (Arizona State alum), OL/DL Ethan Banning (coaches at Scottsdale Community College), and QB Dennis Gile (prepped at Cortez High in Phoenix). Two Rattlers - OL/DL Wendall Gaines and OL/DL Mark Tucker played for the Arizona Cardinals.
NFL RATTLERS: Twelve Rattlers have spent time on NFL rosters - OL/DL Vince Amey (1998 Oakland), OL/DL Sebastian Barrie (1992 Green Bay, 1994 San Francisco and Arizona), QB Sherdrick Bonner (1998 Atlanta), DS Wendell Davis (1996-99 Dallas, 1999 Washington), WR/DB Curtis Fagan (2005 Tampa Bay), OL/DL Wendall Gaines (1993-96 Arizona, 1997 Kansas City, 1998-99 Philadelphia), WR/DB Randy Gatewood (1995 Miami), OL/DL Kelvin Ingram (1995-96 New Orleans, 1996-97 Seattle), WR/DB Jeremiah Pope (2004 Philadelphia), WR/DB Wilson Thomas (2003 Kansas City, 2004), OL/DL Mark Tucker (1991 Atlanta, 1992 Indianapolis, 1993-94 Arizona, 1995 Jacksonville), and WR/DB Talib Wise (2005 Chicago). Three Ratters -- Amey (7th round), Davis (6th round), and Tucker (7th round) -- were NFL Draft picks. Davis is the most experienced, having played in 34 NFL games.
INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME AWARDS
"BABY RUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the player who was the most valuable to his team's offensive success in the game, win or lose.
W Opp. Offensive Player of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles K Remy Hamilton (L.A.)
4-for-4 on FG's, 3-of-3 on XP's, 15 pts
2 Austin QB John Fitzgerald (AUS)
16-of-29, 122 yds, 2TD's, 1 rush TD
3 San Jose
"U.S. ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the two-way player who best demonstrated the ideals of the AFL's style of ironman football
W Opp. Ironman of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles WR/DB Kevin Ingram (L.A.)
7 catches, 126 yards, 1TD, 1 INT
2 Austin FB/LB Dane Krager (AUS)
9 rushes, 22 yds, 3TD's, 2 tackles
3 San Jose
"ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME": Voted on by the media, the award goes to the player who was the
most valuable to his team's defensive success in the game, win or lose.
W Opp. Defensive Player of the Game
1 @ Los Angeles WR/DB Kevin Ingram (L.A.)
2 tackles, 1 interception
2 Austin DS Damon Mason (AUS)
4 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 3 INT's
3 San Jose
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