The Birmingham Iron entered Sunday afternoon’s game knowing that the Orlando Apollos had already won on Saturday, so the Iron would have to win to keep pace in the Eastern Conference. The Commanders wanted to join the San Diego Fleet at 2-2 (after the Fleet lost to the Memphis Express Saturday night) instead of joining the Salt Lake Stallions at 1-3 in the Western Conference.
The game from Birmingham, in front of a league low 6,539 fans, wasn’t terribly exciting, but the Commanders managed to knock the Iron from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving the Apollos the lone undefeated team in the league. In a messy game, the Commanders stopped a late drive from the Iron and won 12-11 to join the Fleet at 2-2. The Iron fell to 3-1.