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The Xtreme came out focused, moving 60 yards in six plays on the game's opening possession. Maddox capped the drive with a 26-yard pass to Copeland that provided a 6-0 lead. It looked like the Xtreme would extend the lead on their next possession as they moved deep into Chicago territory. But Copeland fumbled at the 10 and linebacker Chike Egbuniwe recovered. Copeland, the league leader in receptions, was held to four for 62 yards After Jose Cortez and Andy Crosland traded field goals, the Enforcers took the lead late in the second quarter with the help of a big play from their special teams. Linebacker Kivuusama Mays busted through the line and blocked Noel Prefontaine's punt. Egbuniwe scooped up the ball and scored on a two-yard run, giving Chicago a 10-9 lead with 1:45 to play before halftime.
Ranked sixth in the eight-team league in total offense, the Xtreme converted on their last possession of the half and took a 17-10 lead on Maddox's seven-yard touchdown pass to Damon Gibson. Maddox, the league leader in passing yards and TDs, went 18-of-24 for 171 yards and two scores. Chicago appeared to take the momentum back early in the third quarter. Kevin McDougal found Aaron Bailey with a 35-yard pass, setting up a 32-yard field goal by Crosland that cut the deficit to 20-16. McDougal, who took over as the club's starter in Week Five, completed 15-of-31 passes for 228 yards and three interceptions. Cortez, the XFL's most accurate kicker, converted off the left upright from 48 yards with 5:50 left in the quarter to restore a seven-point lead. Crosland kicked a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter before McCullough provided some breathing room later in the period with his run down the left sideline for the score that sealed the win.