Atlanta lives for another day. The Firebirds kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 24-16 road win over the San Antonio Marshalls.
“Our backs are against the wall, so I’m pleased with the way we came out and fought today,” said Atlanta coach Rob Ryan. “We’re going to need a lot of that kind of effort if we want to stay alive.”
The Firebirds opened the scoring with a short 4-yard pass from Matt Barkley to Cameron Meredith. San Antonio responded with 10-straight points to lead heading into the second quarter.
Wil Lutz provided the only points of the second quarter on a 45-yard field goal to send the game into the half in a 10-10 tie.
The ground game put the Firebirds in control with Matt Breida and Chris Warren both scoring to take a 24-10 lead.
The Marshalls added a pair of field goals to keep close, but Atlanta kept them out of the end zone down the stretch to seal the victory.
Barkley struggled in the win, completing just 15 of 31 for 202 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Chris Warren led the rushing attack with 93 yards and a score on 18 attempts. Breida ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts.
Robert Davis paced the wideouts with 7 catches for 113 yards.
Ronald Blair sparked the defense with 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Ethan Westbrooks and Aldon Smith each notched one sack.
Sitting at 6-6, the Firebirds travel this week to play the 6-6 Philadelphia Bulldogs in what amounts to an elimination game.