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Tampa Bay Storm clinches playoff berth with 56-34 win over Dallas

DALLAS — Brett Dietz threw for 329 yards and six touchdowns as the Storm held off determined league-worst Dallas and clinched a playoff spot with its eighth straight win, 56-34 Friday night at American Airlines Center.

The postseason berth is a league-record 21st for the Storm (10-3), the team said. Dallas fell to 1-12.

Hank Edwards, Sedrick Robinson and Tyrone Timmons each caught two scoring passes from Dietz, who was 20-of-31 and also had two interceptions. Edwards had seven catches for 133 yards, Robinson five for 105.

Tampa Bay got a rushing touchdown from Terrence Royal (five rushes, 10 yards).

The Storm was in a tight battle through early in the second half, when the Vigilantes scored on the first possession to take a 31-28 lead. But the Storm scored the next two touchdowns, the first on a Dietz-to-Timmons hookup to take control, and it held Dallas scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Storm 56

Dallas 34

Tampa Bay Storm clinches playoff berth with 56-34 win over Dallas 07/10/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:28am]

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