Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay defensive lineman James McClinton had already made one impact play on special teams in the Storm’s final home game of the season against Portland, blocking an extra point on the Steel’s first drive of the game to keep the Storm in front by a point.
His second major special teams play, however, may have just been the biggest play of the season for Tampa Bay.
Portland, trailing 41-40, set up for a potential game-winning field goal with three seconds remaining. McClinton, though, got a heavy push up the middle at the snap and stuck his hand up to deflect the 25-yard attempt from Ernesto Lacayo, setting off a raucous celebration among the 8,958 in attendance at Amalie Arena and preserve a one-point 41-40 victory for the Storm.
TAM – V’Keon Lacey 9 pass from Adam Kennedy (Delbert Alverado kick) 10:32.
PDX – Bryson Kelly 4 run (kick blocked) 8:31.
TAM – Prechae Rodriguez 10 pass from Kennedy (Alverado kick) 14:56.
TAM – Kendrick Ings 4 run (Alverado kick) 12:15.
TAM – T.T. Toliver 3 pass from Kennedy (Alverado kick) 7:45.
PDX – Shane Austin 1 run (Ernesto Lacayo kick) 00:03.
PDX – Rashaad Carter 3 run (kick failed) 12:44.
TAM – Toliver 6 pass from Kennedy (Alverado kick) 5:47.
PDX – Nick Truesdell 5 pass from Austin (Lacayo kick) 00:00.
PDX – Truesdell 23 pass from Austin (Lacayo kick) 11:27.
TAM – Lacey 21 pass from Kennedy (kick failed) 8:05.
PDX – Truesdell 45 pass from Austin (Lacayo kick) 6:32.
POR – Shane Austin (16-23-1-192-3)
TAM – Adam Kennedy (19-34-1-183-5)
POR – Kevin Myers (3-1-0), Nick Truesdell (2-3-0), Shane Austin (3(-2)-1), Rashaad Carter (1-3-1), Jared Perry (1-10-0).
TAM – John Brown (1-4-0), Jimmy Gordon (1-1-0), Kendrick Ings (3-11-1), Adam Kennedy (6-26-0).
POR – Tom Gilson (7-108-0), Nick Truesdell (4-78-3), Jared Perry (3-11-0), Shane Austin (1-(-3)-1). Deveric Gallington (1-(-2)-0).
TAM – T.T. Toliver (5-38-2), Kendrick Ings (5-60-0), Prechae Rodriguez (5-29-1)), V’Keon Lacey (3-43-2), Anthony Parker (1-13-0).
KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)
POR – Shaine Boyle (5-89-0)
TAM – Kendrick Ings (4-77-0), V’Keon Lacey (1-0-0)
Under Offensive Player of the Game: Nick Truesdell, Portland.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Matt Pierce Portland.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Kendrick Ings, Tampa Bay.
Cutters Catch of the Game: Cameron McGlenn, Tampa Bay, Interception in end zone, 2:35 of second quarter.
AFL Highlight of the Game: Matt Pierce, Portland, Interception at 4:10 of the fourth quarter.