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.