Date: 17 Jun 2012
Home: Warsaw Eagles - 38
Away: Silesia Rebels - 0
Kozly loss allows Rebels to back into the playoffs after 38-0 loss to Warsaw
Despite staking a claim as the Topliga regular season's final fixture, Sunday's game between the home Warsaw Eagles and the AZS Silesia Rebels had an anticlimactic feel to it. With both teams already locked into their playoff seeds and the semifinal matchups set, neither team wanted to risk much in what turned out to be a 38-0 victory for the team from the capital.
All the scoring came in the first half of the contest as both teams emptied the benches after the break. The Eagles got off to a great start with a 54-yard kickoff return by Norman Seignious, which was followed two plays later by a 14-yard Grzegorz Janiak touchdown reception. Michal Kozdrój, playing against his old team, scored shortly thereafter to make it 14-0 for Warsaw, and Kevin Lynch threw his second touchdown of the first period just before the teams changed sides to make it 21-0.
Lynch would finish the game with three touchdown passes, giving him 26 total for the season. He finished the year ranked second in that category, trailing only Kyle McMahon of the Gdynia Seahawks. Lynch connected with Tomasz Balcer in the second quarter for his final touchdown pass of the game. The Eagles allowed the Rebels only 3 first downs in taking their fourth straight win in the series.
Both teams will now turn their attention towards the postseason. The Rebels, who finished the regular season with a record of 3-7 (including a record of 0-6 against the other three playoff-bound teams), will be on the road to take on the top-seeded Gdynia Seahawks in the first semifinal, on June 30. The Rebels lost both meetings with the Seahawks this season, by a combined score of 110-19.
The Eagles will face an old rival in their quest to reach NAC SuperFinal VII, welcoming the Wroclaw Devils to Warsaw on July 1 for the second semifinal. The Eagles, who have lost to the Devils in the semifinal round in each of the last two seasons, finished the regular season a game ahead of Wroclaw with a record of 8-2. The teams split their two matchups this year, with each team winning at home.