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Chicago Rush falls to Arizona Rattlers in conference championship

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Special to the Daily Herald

PHOENIX, ARIZ. -- A fourth-quarter comeback fell short, and the Chicago Rush (14-6) lost 54-48 to the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League National Conference championship at the US Airways Center on Saturday night before 6,886.

The Rattlers (18-2) will host ArenaBowl XXIV on Friday.

The Rush (14-6) turned the ball over five times. Rush QB JJ Raterink was 19-for-32 with 2 interceptions. Reggie Gray led the Rush with 7 catches for 101 yards and 3 touchdowns and Jason Simpson returned a kickoff 56 yards for a TD.