The Warriors returned to their old ways, letting another late lead slip away to the Nashville Renegades, 28-24.
The defeat continued a pattern that has haunted them nearly all season, with all but one of their eight losses coming despite a fourth-quarter lead.
“I thought we had things on the right track, but unfortunately I was wrong,” said Milwaukee coach Dave Dickenson. “We just can’t finish the drill, and that’s the reason we’re probably going to be watching the playoffs at home.”
Nashville scored on the first play of the game with a 65-yard bomb from AJ McCarron to Tyreek Hill, but Milwaukee settled in and scored a pair of touchdowns, one a 12-yard pass from Matt Barkley to Donald Parham and the other a 3-yard Andrew Harris run, to lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
McCarron pulled the Renegades into a tie heading into the half with a short pass to Darrel Williams.
Milwaukee scored the only points of the third on a 22-yard Elliott Fry field goal and extended their lead to 24-14 early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Barkley to Antonio Brown.
Unfortunately for the Warrior faithful, their team let them down again. A 25-yard pass from McCarron to Ricky Collins and a 29-yard Hill TD run completed the collapse to drop Milwaukee to 5-8 and likely out of serious playoff contention.
Barkley had a solid bounce back game, completing 25 of 40 for 286 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. Brown was his favorite target, hauling in 10 catches for 121 yards and a score.
The ground game was rolling, with Harris running for 115 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts and Corey Clement chipping in 87 yards on 14 carries.
Delvin Breaux paced the defense with 6 tackles. DJ Reader and Joe Ostman each notched a sack.
Milwaukee looks for a consolation win this week as they host the 6-7 Seattle Orcas.