Despite quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's worst performance of the season at the worst possible time, the Soul still clinched a playoff berth Saturday with some help from Cleveland.
The Soul were crushed, 64-34, by the Power in Pittsburgh, but the Gladiators' 56-49 win over the Tampa Bay Storm punched the Soul's postseason ticket.
Entering the game, the Soul (9-9) controlled their own destiny — a win would have locked up a playoff spot, but a loss meant the Soul needed help from the Gladiators, and they got it. The Soul will be the fourth seed in the playoffs and have a first-round matchup with the Gladiators, who finished the season 17-1 and beat the Soul twice this season.
Raudabaugh threw three interceptions and completed 11 of 35 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. The 27-year-old was yanked in the second half for Bryan Randall.
Randall, the former Virginia Tech QB, completed 9 of 15 passes for 127 yards and three TDs, but the hole Raudabaugh and the Soul dug was too deep to climb out of.
The Power led the Soul, 13-7, after the first quarter and that was as close as the Soul would get the rest of the tilt. At halftime, Pittsburgh led 27-7.
Power signal caller Tommy Grady finished 15 of 23 for 136 yards, seven touchdowns and no INTs against the Soul’s defense, which stood strong the previous two games to keep the Soul’s playoff hopes alive.