Grand Rapids surprises Arizona, advances to meet ChicagoJul 1, 2008 - 7:01 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- James MacPherson threw five touchdown passes to lead the Grand Rapids Rampage to a 48-41 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in a wild card playoff matchup on Monday.
The Rampage advance to meet the Chicago Rush on Sunday in Chicago.
MacPherson completed 27-of-40 passes for 285 yards. He added a 1-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Rampage a 41-34 lead.
Arizona tied the game, 41-41, on a 1-yard TD run by Jeff Smoker with 9:45 to play before MacPherson threw his final TD pass of the game, a 28-yarder to Kenny Higgins with 6:26 to go to make it 48-41.
Higgins finished with 12 catches for 177 yards and two scores and Cole Magner added seven receptions for 48 yards and two TDs for Grand Rapids.
Smoker was 17-of-24 for 233 yards and four TDs for Arizona.
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 48
ARIZONA 41 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rampage 48, Rattlers 41 End of Reg.Jul 1 12:37 AM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 41
ARIZONA 34 END, 3RD QTR
Rampage 41, Rattlers 34 End of 3rdJul 1 12:03 AM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 27
ARIZONA 20 HALFTIME
Rampage 27, Rattlers 20 HalfJun 30 11:21 PM
- GRAND RAPIDS: 10
End of 1st
Jun 30 10:43 PM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 10
ARIZONA 0 END, 1ST QTR
Rampage 10, Rattlers 0 End of 1stJun 30 10:43 PM
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