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Force Rallies to Beat SaberCats

February 17, 2003|From Associated Press

James Brown threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Hammond as time expired to give the Georgia Force a 51-49 victory over the defending champion San Jose SaberCats on Sunday at Duluth, Ga.

The Force (2-1) had an 11-point lead until late in the fourth quarter. But San Jose (1-2) scored 14 straight points to take the lead with under a minute left. Keala Keanaaina recovered a Brown fumble and returned it 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds left.

Orlando 50, Dallas 47 -- Jay Gruden threw five touchdown passes and the Predators (3-0) erased an 11-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Desperados (2-1) at Orlando, Fla.

The Predators went ahead for good when Cory Fleming caught a seven-yard scoring pass from Gruden with 10:31 left.

Grand Rapids 66, New York 63 -- Brian Gowins kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rampage the win at Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Rampage (3-0) gave up a franchise-high 49 points in the first half, but outscored the Dragons (0-3), 36-14, in the second half.

Indiana 28, Chicago 23 -- Raymond Philyaw threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Firebirds (3-0) past the Rush (0-3) at Indianapolis. Del Lee broke up a fourth-and-11 pass from quarterback Chad Salisbury with 50 seconds left to preserve the victory.

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