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NFL Europe Week 5 Recap


For Green Bay Packers quarterback Craig Nall and the Scottish Claymores it was a case of too little, too late.

Despite a pair of scoring drives in the final quarter, the Claymores (2-3) couldn't overcome a 17-point deficit, or 12 penalties for 105 yards, and fell 17-10 to the Barcelona Dragons (4-1) in Week 5 of NFL Europe.

The Claymores were held without a score until Nall hit Scott Couper on an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 63-yard drive with 7:53 left.

They scored again on their next possession, when Rob Hart's 31-yard field goal brought it to 17-10 with 2:50 remaining.

And with no timeouts left and 56 seconds on the clock, Nall and the Claymores got the ball back one last time at their own 43-yard line.

On first down, Nall hit Anthony Bright (Houston Texans) for an 18-yard gain to the Barcelona 39.

Nall then spiked the ball to stop the clock, fired incomplete to Edell Shepherd (Chicago Bears) on second down and had his third-down pass dropped by John Minardi (Houston Texans).

A 5-yard penalty for having 12 men on the field made it fourth-and-15 at the Barcelona 44-yard line with 28 seconds left.

Nall again looked to Minardi, but his pass was intercepted by Tito Rodriguez (Cincinnati Bengals) to secure the Barcelona victory.

Nall finished the day having passed for 256 yards. Officially, he completed 24 of 46 passes, with one touchdown and two interceptions, but Nall had four passes dropped and five times spiked the ball to stop the clock. He also had a touchdown pass nullified by penalty.

On the defensive side, safety Bobby Jackson made six tackles and linebacker Isaac Keys had four for the Claymores.

In other games, Packers wide receiver Travis Williams went without a catch as the Amsterdam Admirals (2-3) lost to the Berlin Thunder (1-4) 34-30, and Tim Morgan had 48- and 47-yard punts downed inside the 20-yard line in a losing effort with the Frankfurt Galaxy (3-2), who fell 14-7 to the Rhein Fire (3-2).

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