2004 Arena Football League season

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The 2004 Arena Football League season was the 18th season of the Arena Football League. The league champions were the San Jose SaberCats, who defeated the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XVIII. The AFL reduced its playoff teams from the top 12 teams in the league making the playoffs to the top eight teams in the league making the playoffs.

Standings[edit]

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
New York Dragons* 9 7 0.562 5 3 0.625
Carolina Cobras 6 10 0.375 4 4 0.500
Dallas Desperados 6 10 0.375 4 4 0.500
Columbus Destroyers 6 10 0.375 3 5 0.375
Philadelphia Soul 5 11 0.312 4 4 0.500
Southern Division
New Orleans VooDoo 11 5 0.687 5 3 0.625
Orlando Predators 10 6 0.625 4 4 0.500
Tampa Bay Storm 9 7 0.562 5 3 0.625
Austin Wranglers 8 8 0.500 3 5 0.375
Georgia Force 7 9 0.438 3 5 0.375
American Conference
Central Division
Chicago Rush 11 5 0.687 6 2 0.750
Colorado Crush 11 5 0.687 5 3 0.625
Indiana Firebirds 8 8 0.500 5 3 0.625
Detroit Fury 5 11 0.312 3 5 0.375
Grand Rapids Rampage 1 15 0.062 1 7 0.125
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 11 5 0.687 4 2 0.667
San Jose SaberCats 11 5 0.687 3 3 0.500
Los Angeles Avengers 9 7 0.562 3 3 0.500
Las Vegas Gladiators 8 8 0.500 2 4 0.333
  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Purple indicates division champion
  • Grey indicates best regular season record

* New York Dragons won the Eastern Division, but did not make the playoffs as only the top 8 teams qualified. The AFL reverted to the old rule in the following season in that Division Champions get an automatic bid to the playoffs for the following season.

Playoffs[edit]

All games televised by NBC

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl XVIII
                 
1 Arizona 11–5 59
8 Los Angeles 9–7 42
1 Arizona 12–5 45
5 Colorado 12–5 41
4 New Orleans 11–5 44
5 Colorado 11–5 47
1 Arizona 13–5 62
2 San Jose 13–5 69
2 San Jose 11–5 56
7 Tampa Bay 9–7 52
2 San Jose 12–5 49
3 Chicago 12–5 35
3 Chicago 11–5 59
6 Orlando 10–6 49