If the Arizona Rattlers (14-0) have to guard against one thing going into their showdown with the rival San Jose SaberCats (9-4), it's becoming victims of a "trap" game.
This one has all the makings, with the undefeated world champions already having locked up the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs. A much-anticipated – and much-needed – nine-day break also awaits following Friday night's game at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose, meanwhile, is coming off its bye week having won its last two games. That means the SaberCats, with their own playoff berth secured, will have had more time to rest and heal their bumps and bruises than the Rattlers, who are coming off a short week of practice following Saturday's 83-47 victory over the LA KISS.
A little history: In 2013, the Rattlers had won nine straight games and 12 of its first 13 before arriving in San Jose – and being sent back to the Valley to think about their 30-point beating (72-42) during what would be a painfully long bye week.
Then there's the revenge factor. While San Jose leads the all-time series, 22-21, the SaberCats have lost the last three meetings, including last year's first-round playoff game, 59-49.
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