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NFL Europe Week 10 Recap


By the time the Scottish Claymores took the field Sunday, their fate was already decided.

With the Berlin Thunder (3-7) beating the Frankfurt Galaxy (6-4) and the Rhein Fire (6-4) topping the Barcelona Dragons (5-5) Saturday, Scotland was eliminated from World Bowl contention before their final regular season game even started.

Nonetheless, the Claymores took care of business, defeating the Amsterdam Admirals (4-6), 31-14, to finish the NFL Europe season at 6-4. Although knotted with Frankfurt and Rhein by record, Scotland trailed in both tiebreakers.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Craig Nall completed 13 of 21 passes (61.9 percent) for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing his first interception in four games.

Nall's first scoring throw was a 20-yard hookup with fullback Mike Malan (New England Patriots) in the first quarter, completing a 69-yard drive. His second touchdown pass came in the third quarter, when wide receiver Edell Shepherd (Chicago Bears) brought in a 15-yarder.

Nall finishes the season with the league's top quarterback rating at 95.9. He also led the league in passing yards (2,050) and touchdowns (18).

Overall, the Claymores were the top offense in the league with 4,169 total yards. Frankfurt was second on the list at 3,636 yards.

Defensively, Scotland was aided all season long by Packers safety Bobby Jackson and linebackers Isaac Keys and Jermaine Petty.

Jackson was limited due to injury Sunday, but finished the season as the Claymores' third-leading tackler, with 37. He also made seven special teams tackles and had four passes defensed.

Keys made a pair of tackles over the weekend to run his total to 26. Petty finished the season with 14 tackles.

Other Packers in action over the weekend were the Galaxy's Jeremy Unertl and Tim Morgan.

Although Frankfurt fell to Berlin, 27-14, Unertl notched his fourth interception of the season, to move into a tie with teammate Rashidi Barnes for the league lead. Unertl returned the pick 35 yards to the Frankfurt 43 yard-line, and two plays later Quinn Gray (Jacksonville Jaguars) hit Robert Baker (Miami Dolphins) for one of two Galaxy touchdowns.

Morgan averaged 40.5 yards per punt in six attempts Sunday, and finished the season with a 41.1-yard average (37 attempts, 1,522 yards).

In other action, Rhein defeated Barcelona, 33-7.

Frankfurt and Rhein will battle in World Bowl XI, Saturday, June 14, in Glasgow, Scotland. The game will be televised to U.S. audiences on FOX at 11 a.m. CT.

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