Arena Bowl XI was the Arena Football League's eleventh Arena Bowl. In this match-up of American Conference teams, it pitted the #2 Iowa Barnstormers (11-3) against the #1 Arizona Rattlers (12-2). Iowa was coming off of losing ArenaBowl X to the Tampa Bay Storm and were still looking for their first championship title, while Arizona was making its second appearance after winning ArenaBowl VIII against the Orlando Predators three seasons ago. Now, they were trying to acquire their second league title.
In the second quarter, Arizona lead off the period with FB/LB Robert 'Bob' McMillen getting a 1-yard TD run, whle Iowa kicker Mike Black nailed a 25-yard field goal. The Rattlers would begin to take command with QB Donnie Davis (who was filling in for an injured Sherdrick Bonner) completing a 4-yard TD pass to / Hernandez 'Hunkie' Cooper, while the Barnstormers' only response was Black kicking a 20-yard field goal. Immediately afterwards, the Rattlers continued striking as Hunkie Cooper would return the kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown to end the half.
In the third quarter, Arizona continued its domination as Davis got a 1-yard QB Sneak run for a touchdown, while Hunkie Cooper returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Iowa's only response from the period was Warner completing another 30-yard TD pass to Lamont Cooper. Afterwards, the Rattlers wrapped up ther period with Davis completing a 49-yard TD pass to WR/LB 'Shakes' Calvin Schexnayder.
In the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers tried to fight back with WR/DB Willis Jacox getting a 1-yard TD run, yet Arizona wrapped the game up with Davis and Schexnayder hooking up with each other again on a 28-yard TD pass, while Brenner would put on the finishing touches with a 44-yard field goal. All that was left of Iowa's attack was Warner completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR/LB Leonard Conley.
With the win, the Rattlers got their second Arena Bowl title in franchise history.