Max Martin lined up for a 51-yard field goal with but missed wide left as time expired as the Sioux City Bandits fell to Salina 29-28 in the first round of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League Playoffs.
The Bombers will play the Wichita Wild in Champions Bowl I. The Wild upset Omaha 31-25.
A defensive battle in the first half, Martin kicked four field goals, but the Bombers scored the only TD the first 30 minutes of action to take a 19-12 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, quarterback Scott Jensen ran in for a one yard touchdown to tie the game up at 19 with 9:07 to play in the quarter.
Three minutes later, Dane Simoneau and Ricky Roberts connected for their second touchdown of the game to put Salina back on top 26-19.
The Bandits answered again, on Jensen's 19 yard TD strike to Damon Mothershead to tie the game up at 26 with 2:16 left in the third.
Salina kicker Cory Hoover broke the 26-26 tie with an 18-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put the Bombers up 29-26.
After a safety, to pull within 29-28, Martin lined up for the game winning kick, but it sailed wide left as time expired.
"You know I feel worse for the players in there because you know, I know how they feel you know, missing a field goal at the end of the game and having a shot at it." Head Coach Erv Strohbeen said. "Max Martin has played great for us, we love that kid around here and hopefully he'll be back next year to do good things, you know. It was a long field goal kick. I just know how these guys feel because I've been in their shoes before and lost a championship game at home, so, it's tough."
Jensen finished the game 10-for-22 for 113 yards and a touchdown. He was also picked off twice.
After rushing for a 193 yards a week ago, Johnny Bentley ran for just 59 and was held out of the end zone.
The Bandits end the year with a 10-3 record
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