After a back-and-forth struggle, the Soul got revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, winning the conference championship and advancing to ArenaBowl XXIX.
The Soul held Washington to a scoreless second half, defeating the Valor 49-31.
Dan Raudabaugh threw five touchdown passes, and the Soul beat the Tampa Bay Storm, 56-52, on the road to begin its ArenaBowl title defense.
The Soul won its second Arena Football League championship in its 12-year history back in August with a thrilling victory over the heavily favored Arizona Rattlers. But Philadelphia's team will defend its title in a league that will look drastically different in 2017.
THE SOUL won their second ArenaBowl championship Friday night, holding off the high-powered Arizona Rattlers for a 56-42 victory at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
The Soul, who entered the playoffs as the top seeds in the American Conference, rolled to a 63-41 victory over the fourth-seeded Tampa Bay Storm in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
The Soul's last regular-season home game will be Saturday due to renovations at the Wells Fargo Center, which will host the Democratic National Convention. Their remaining eight games will be on the road, including two "home" game at Trenton and Allentown.
First round of the Arena Football League playoffs, Sunday at 6 p.m., PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.
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The Soul bounced back from disheartening loss last week with an easy 70-32 victory over the Portland Steel Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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The indoor league lost four teams this season, which means the remaining squads could pick up some discarded talent.
The Soul lost, 61-56, in the American Conference Championship Game.
THE SLIMMED-DOWN Arena Football League announced its schedule Thursday and among the highlights was a reduction from 18 games to 16.