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Shock vs. Arizona: AFL Confirms Playoff Picture

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Shock fans will have to travel if they want to see their team in the playoffs. The Shock play at Arizona a week from Friday (Photo: FILE / SWX) Shock fans will have to travel if they want to see their team in the playoffs. The Shock play at Arizona a week from Friday (Photo: FILE / SWX)

The Shock will play at Arizona next Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) in the first round of the AFL playoffs, the league confirmed on Tuesday.

The matchup with the Rattlers is a rematch of last year's playoffs. Last season, the Shock defeated Arizona 57-49 in Spokane and went on to win the Arena Bowl. The winner of this year's game moves on to play the winner between Dallas and Chicago for the National Conference championship. The Vigilantes and Rush also play on July 29.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture in the American Conference isn't as cut and dry as it is in the National Conference. Jacksonville will play either Georgia or Orlando next Friday, and Cleveland will play either Georgia or Orlando next Sunday. Georgia holds the tiebreaker with Orlando, but if Orlando wins this weekend and Georgia loses, Jacksonville will host Georgia and Cleveland will host Orlando.

Jacksonville's game on Sunday, July 31 is the featured AFL game of the week on NFL Network. Their regular season game against Spokane this Friday is this week's nationally-televised game. The outcome of that game will have no bearing on the playoffs the following week.

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