On September 29, 2012 the #1 Seed Springfield Foxes hosted the Chicago Thunder who last won a National Championship in 2008. The game would be played at the new home of FoxNation, beautiful Sacred Heart Griffin High School Stadium in the Capital City of Springfield, IL.
The Foxes outlasted the Thunder in a defensive struggle. #20 Akeem Topps scored the Foxes lone TD of the game. After a 7-7 tie, the Foxes nailed a short field goal late to take the lead. Then with less than a minute remaining in regulation time and the Thunder in field goal range, Chicago completed a short pass. Then 3 Foxes defenders including #22 Jae Russell and #45 Michael Rose made the play of the game by forcing and recovering a fumble to preserve the Foxes victory and the first ever MSFL Eastern Conference Championship for Fox Nation!