2011 Arizona Rattlers season

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2011 Arizona Rattlers season
Head coach Kevin Guy
Home field US Airways Center
Results
Record 16–2
Division place 1st
Playoff finish Won Conference Semifinals (Shock) 62–33
Won Conference Championship (Rush) 54–48
Lost ArenaBowl XXIV (Sharks) 70–73
Team MVP Nick Davila

The 2011 Arizona Rattlers season was the 20th season for the franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was coached by Kevin Guy and played their home games at US Airways Center. In the regular season, the Rattlers won a league-record 16 games, having lost only two, to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They defeated the Spokane Shock in the conference semifinals before beating the Chicago Rush in the conference championship. In ArenaBowl XXIV however, they fell to the Jacksonville Sharks, giving up a game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock.

Final roster[edit]

2011 Arizona Rattlers roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Team Suspended

  • Currently vacant

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

Other League Exempt

  • Currently vacant

Inactive reserve

  • Currently vacant

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 23, 2011
19 Active, 0 Inactive

Standings[edit]

West Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
z-Arizona Rattlers 16 2 .889 1114 836 5–1 9–2 8–1 8–1
x-Spokane Shock 9 9 .500 1057 1027 3–3 6–5 7–2 2–7
Utah Blaze 9 9 .500 1082 1117 2–4 4–7 7–2 2–7
San Jose SaberCats 7 11 .389 1022 1080 2–4 4–7 6–3 1–8

z - Clinched division and conference's best record
x - Clinched playoff berth

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Rattlers began the season at home against the Jacksonville Sharks on March 12. They visited the Dallas Vigilantes in their final regular season game.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Report
Score Record
1 Saturday March 12 7:00 p.m. MST Jacksonville Sharks W 55–52 1–0 US Airways Center [2]
2 Saturday March 19 7:05 p.m. MST Milwaukee Mustangs W 62–31 2–0 US Airways Center [3]
3 Monday March 28 7:00 p.m. MST at Tulsa Talons W 69–20 3–0 BOK Center [4]
4 Saturday April 2 7:00 p.m. MST Orlando Predators W 48–47 4–0 US Airways Center [5]
5 Bye
6 Saturday April 16 5:00 p.m. MST at Kansas City Command W 63–49 5–0 Sprint Center [6]
7 Saturday April 23 7:00 p.m. MST Utah Blaze W 67–61 (OT) 6–0 US Airways Center [7]
8 Saturday April 30 7:00 p.m. MST at Spokane Shock L 69–70 6–1 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena [8]
9 Saturday May 7 7:30 p.m. MST at San Jose SaberCats W 65–43 7–1 HP Pavilion at San Jose [9]
10 Saturday May 14 7:00 p.m. MST Chicago Rush L 49–50 7–2 US Airways Center [10]
11 Friday May 20 5:00 p.m. MST at New Orleans VooDoo W 61–53 8–2 New Orleans Arena [11]
12 Saturday May 28 7:00 p.m. MST Cleveland Gladiators W 63–42 9–2 US Airways Center [12]
13 Saturday June 4 6:00 p.m. MST at Utah Blaze W 72–37 10–2 EnergySolutions Arena [13]
14 Saturday June 11 5:05 p.m. MST Iowa Barnstormers W 61–41 11–2 US Airways Center [14]
15 Saturday June 18 7:00 p.m. MST San Jose SaberCats W 64–57 12–2 US Airways Center [15]
16 Saturday June 25 4:05 p.m. MST at Philadelphia Soul W 55–54 13–2 Wells Fargo Center [16]
17 Saturday July 2 7:05 p.m. MST Spokane Shock W 68–46 14–2 US Airways Center [17]
18 Sunday July 10 4:30 p.m. MST at Pittsburgh Power W 68–34 15–2 Consol Energy Center [18]
19 Bye
20 Saturday July 23 5:30 p.m. MST at Dallas Vigilantes W 55–49 16–2 American Airlines Center [19]

Playoffs[edit]

Round Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Report
NC Semifinals Friday July 29 7:00 p.m. MST Spokane Shock W 62–33 US Airways Center [20]
NC Championship Saturday August 6 7:00 p.m. MST Chicago Rush W 54–48 US Airways Center [21]
ArenaBowl XXIV Friday August 12 5:30 p.m. MST Jacksonville Sharks L 70–73 US Airways Center [22]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

Week 1: Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 16 14 7 15 52
Rattlers 6 19 8 22 55

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: March 12
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 8,428
  • Recap
Game information

Week 2: vs. Milwaukee Mustangs[edit]

Week 2: Milwaukee Mustangs at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 10 7 7 31
Rattlers 7 17 14 24 62

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: March 19
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,108
  • Referee: David Cutaia
  • Recap
Game information

Week 3: at Tulsa Talons[edit]

Week 3: Arizona Rattlers at Tulsa Talons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 19 23 7 20 69
Talons 0 0 6 14 20

at BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Date: March 28
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,311
  • Referee: Joe Pester
  • Recap
Game information

Week 4: vs. Orlando Predators[edit]

Week 4: Orlando Predators at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Predators 21 6 14 6 47
Rattlers 0 12 14 22 48

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: April 2
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,977
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap
Game information

Week 5: BYE[edit]

Week 6: at Kansas City Command[edit]

Week 6: Arizona Rattlers at Kansas City Command – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 21 7 14 21 63
Command 7 14 14 14 49

at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: April 16
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 4,166
  • Referee: Larry Smith
  • Recap
Game information

Week 7: vs. Utah Blaze[edit]

Week 7: Utah Blaze at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Blaze 7 26 13 15 0 61
Rattlers 14 20 7 20 6 67

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: April 23
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 8,717
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap
Game information

Week 8: at Spokane Shock[edit]

Week 8: Arizona Rattlers at Spokane Shock – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 7 21 14 27 69
Shock 7 21 21 21 70

at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington

  • Date: April 30
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 10,113
  • Referee: Dave Cutaia
  • Recap
Game information

Week 9: at San Jose SaberCats[edit]

Week 9: Arizona Rattlers at San Jose SaberCats – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 14 14 3 34 65
SaberCats 13 7 7 16 43

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: May 7
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,499
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
  • Recap
Game information

Week 10: vs. Chicago Rush[edit]

Week 10: Chicago Rush at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rush 13 7 13 17 50
Rattlers 14 7 21 7 49

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: May 14
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,000
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • Recap
Game information

Week 11: at New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

Week 11: Arizona Rattlers at New Orleans VooDoo – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 21 19 7 14 61
VooDoo 19 14 7 13 53

at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: May 20
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 8,257
  • Referee: Chris Snead
  • Recap
Game information

Week 12: vs. Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

Week 12: Cleveland Gladiators at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 7 7 21 7 42
Rattlers 14 14 14 21 63

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: May 28
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 7,987
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap
Game information

Week 13: at Utah Blaze[edit]

Week 13: Arizona Rattlers at Utah Blaze – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 14 34 24 0 72
Blaze 12 7 6 12 37

at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Date: June 4
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 7,997
  • Referee: Shaun Hochuli
  • Recap
Game information

Week 14: vs. Iowa Barnstormers[edit]

Week 14: Iowa Barnstormers at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 6 14 14 7 41
Rattlers 21 14 13 13 61

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: June 11
  • Game time: 5:05 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 8,664
  • Referee: Chris Snead
  • Recap
Game information

Week 15: vs. San Jose SaberCats[edit]

Week 15: San Jose SaberCats at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
SaberCats 7 28 14 8 57
Rattlers 14 21 7 22 64

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: June 18
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,397
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap
Game information

Week 16: at Philadelphia Soul[edit]

Week 16: Arizona Rattlers at Philadelphia Soul – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 7 20 7 21 55
Soul 14 20 13 7 54

at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: June 25
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,710
  • Referee: Larry Smith
  • Recap
Game information

Week 17: vs. Spokane Shock[edit]

Week 17: Spokane Shock at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Shock 6 24 8 8 46
Rattlers 6 28 14 20 68

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: July 2
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 9,173
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • Recap
Game information

Week 18: at Pittsburgh Power[edit]

Week 18: Arizona Rattlers at Pittsburgh Power – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 21 13 13 21 68
Power 7 7 13 7 34

at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: July 10
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 8,600
  • Referee: Jim Corpora
  • Recap
Game information

Week 19: BYE[edit]

Week 20: at Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

Week 20: Arizona Rattlers at Dallas Vigilantes – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 14 14 7 20 55
Vigilantes 0 21 14 14 49

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: July 23
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 12,866
  • Referee: David Cutaia
  • Recap
Game information

Playoffs[edit]

National Conference Semifinals: vs. (4) Spokane Shock[edit]

National Conference Semifinals: Spokane Shock at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
(4) Shock 7 6 7 13 33
(1) Rattlers 7 14 14 27 62

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: July 29
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 7,105
  • Referee: Scott Vaughn
  • Recap
Game information

National Conference Championship: vs. (2) Chicago Rush[edit]

National Conference Championship: Chicago Rush at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
(2) Rush 6 13 0 29 48
(1) Rattlers 14 14 13 13 54

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: August 6
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 6,886
  • Referee: Alex Kemp
  • Recap
Game information

ArenaBowl XXIV: vs. (A1) Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

Main article: ArenaBowl XXIV
ArenaBowl XXIV: Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
(A1) Sharks 12 20 6 35 73
(N1) Rattlers 14 21 7 28 70

at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Date: August 12
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 14,320
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • Recap
Game information

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