was the 2005
championship game of the Arena Football League
(AFL), and was played at the Thomas & Mack Center
in Las Vegas, Nevada
. The first-ever neutral-site title game in AFL history drew 10,822 fans to see the Colorado Crush
defeat the Georgia Force
51–48 to claim the Foster ArenaBowl Trophy
. ArenaBowl XIX is widely considered one of the greatest games ever played.
In a matchup of two first-time ArenaBowl
participants (not counting the Force's appearances in ArenaBowls XIV and XV as the Nashville Kats
, as those games are attributed to the new Kats
franchise), the Crush
claimed the Foster ArenaBowl Trophy in just their third year of existence.
The Crush got out to a 7-0 lead on the first of four touchdowns
by Willis Marshall
and added a Clay Rush
field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 before the Force got on the scoreboard. The teams then traded touchdowns throughout the remainder of the first half, with the Crush leading 24-20 at the break. The first half was especially notable for being the first time in ArenaBowl
history in which neither team threw a passing touchdown.
Crush quarterback John Dutton
, the MVP of ArenaBowl XVI
, and Force signal-caller Matt Nagy
would soon change that, however, as the two combined for seven passing touchdowns in the second half. Rookie Derek Lee
caught three touchdown passes in the half for Georgia, but it was not enough to offset the Colorado attack, as Dutton threw two touchdowns to Damian Harrell
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