With the biggest moment of the Preds' season looming, we count down 10 moments that got them to this point.
10. T.T. Toliver and Prechae Rodriguez top the 1,500-yard receiving mark last week in Cleveland.
Orlando is the arena league's top-rated passing offense, thanks not only to quarterback Aaron Garcia but to Toliver (1,590 yards) and Rodriguez (1,509). Jason Geathers (1,020) has not been too bad, either.
"We treat practices like games, so hopefully when the games come, it will come naturally,'' Toliver said. "The numbers snuck up on me, because I have been so focused on winning.''
9. Victory at Tampa Bay sparks a three-game winning streak.
Orlando, then 2-8, squandered a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter June 8 in Tampa. As fast as you can say, "Here, we go again,'' Garcia hit Rodriguez for the decisive 46-yard touchdown pass.
The score came after the Preds forced a turnover.
"We had a lot of fans in the building that night,'' coach Doug Plank said. "[The game] was an indication that the offense and defense had to help each other out.''
8. Preds register first victory in Pittsburgh.
In Garcia's first start for Orlando, he threw for six touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes in a 52-38 victory against the Power on May 4.
Five losses and 41 days after the season started, the Preds were victorious.
"That game started establishing a new trend for us,'' Plank said.
7. Preds embarrassed in 40-point loss in Arizona.
An 82-42 dismantling by the arena league's best team in late April exposed a Grand Canyon-sized gap between where the Preds were and where they wanted to be.
6. Orlando drops season opener in overtime.
Although suspenseful, the game in New Orleans on March 24 was not masterpiece theater, especially when the quarterbacks combined to complete fewer than 50 percent of their passes.
Still, Orlando tied the score with three seconds left in regulation before losing, giving the VooDoo the playoff tiebreaker edge over the Preds.