PHILADELPHIA - John Fitzgerald threw four touchdown passes to help the New Orleans VooDoo beat Jon Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul 42-34 Sunday in the first Arena Football League game for both expansion franchises.
Soul co-owner Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, who holds a 2-percent stake in the team, mingled with Bill Belichick and Doug Flutie before the game, which drew 17,484.
The Voodoo trailed at the half, but Fitzgerald threw two TDs passes in the third quarter to make it 28-20, and New Orleans led the rest of the way.
Trailing 35-27, the Soul were driving when running back Tyrone Jones fumbled at the VooDoo’s 4-yard line.
New Orleans then scored on a 29-yard pass from Fitzgerald to Aaron Bailey, a former Indianapolis Colts receiver known for dropping a pass from Jim Harbaugh on the final play of the 1996 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was one of two TD catches for Bailey.
Philadelphia’s Nick Browder threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and Ricky Ross caught nine passes for 95 yards and one score.
Sam Moore of 1960s soul band Sam and Dave, sang the hit “Soul Man,” and the national anthem.