NEW ORLEANS (AFLVoodoo.com) – It was a back and forth affair for four quarters in the Smoothie King Center Monday night, but the Pittsburgh Power (13-3) prevailed 48-43 over the New Orleans VooDoo (2-13).
New Orleans fought the Power all the way to the last minute of the game but were unable to come up with the victory in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh held on to win.
VooDoo quarterback Adam Kennedy provided much of the offensive spark as he threw for a career-high 304 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a pair of rushing touchdowns. Receiver Quorey Payne was quiet early on, but he finished with a team-high 13 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Beavers also surpassed the century mark with 103 yards on seven catches, but his best grab was a 37-yard touchdown bomb from Kennedy inside the game’s final minute.
Pittsburgh had plenty of offensive firepower for most of the game as well. After a slow start, quarterback Tommy Grady rolled up 296 yards and seven touchdowns for the Power. Receiver Prechae Rodriguez was the top target with seven grabs for 154 yards and five touchdowns.
The VooDoo got off to a fast start after trading turnovers with Pittsburgh in the first quarter. VooDoo quarterback Adam Kennedy lost a fumble, and Pittsburgh’s Tommy Grady threw an interception to defensive back Demarcus Robinson. VooDoo kicker Jose Martinez capped the first half with a 45-yard field goal to give New Orleans a 24-21 lead.
New Orleans managed to outgain Pittsburgh 314-299 in offensive yardage as well as being superior on third down conversions (NO 3-7, PIT 2-5). The VooDoo also capitalized on six of seven trips to the red zone, but the difference in this game was the VooDoo’s 15 penalties, which charged them for 121 yards.
Up next for the VooDoo is a visit to South Division rival Jacksonville to take on the Sharks this Saturday at 6 p.m. New Orleans closes out the 2014 season with back-to-back home games against Orlando (7/19) and San Antonio (7/26). Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.