One second away from continuing their unbeaten streak, the Berlin Thunder (5-1) surrendered a last second touchdown to the Cologne Centurions, Saturday, losing their first game of the season 28-27.
Leading his team to just their second win in franchise history, Ryan Van Dyke (NYG) completed 32-of-41 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns for the Centurions, but it was his two interceptions late in the game that contributed to a surprising turnaround that put Berlin ahead 27-21 in the fourth quarter.
With one minute remaining, Van Dyke regained his composure enough to drive the Centurions to the 1-yard line, where he found Carl Morris (Miami) in the end zone for the game-winning score.
Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins had one tackle while Eric Powell had one tackle and one pass defensed for Cologne. Cornerback Erwin Swiney also had one pass defensed for the Centurions.
The Frankfurt Galaxy (5-1) joined Berlin at the top of the standings with a 15-13 victory over Scotland (1-5), Sunday, ending all hopes the Claymores had of competing in World Bowl XII.
Galaxy quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan (New Orleans) threw for 192 yards and one touchdown, while running back Skip Hicks (Cincinnati) rushed for 64 yards.
For Scotland, Herb Haygood (Kansas City) caught five passes for 55 yards and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the loss.
The Rhein Fire (3-3) stayed in contention for the league's championship game, beating the Amsterdam Admirals (2-4) 20-13, Sunday.
Packers wide receiver Shockmain Davis scored a touchdown on the Fire's opening drive of the game, turning a short pass from Chad Hutchinson (Dallas) into a 48-yard score.
The Admirals answered with a 63-yard return to the 26-yard line on the ensuing kickoff by Packers cornerback Derek Combs, but were unable to capitalize, however, as the drive stalled and kicker Todd Sievers missed the 40-yard attempt.
On the day, Davis had three catches for 71 yards and two kickoff returns for 44 yards for the Fire.
Combs finished with five kickoff returns for 121 yards, while adding six tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble on defense.
Packers tight end Tony Donald also had four catches for 31 yards for Amsterdam.
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Week 6 Results
Cologne 28, Berlin 27 (Attendance: 10,164)
Rhein 20, Amsterdam 13 (Attendance: 18,790)
Frankfurt 15, Scotland 13 (Attendance: 9,017)
Week 7 Schedule
(Saturday, May 15)
Cologne at Amsterdam -- 12:00 PM (CT)
(Sunday, May 16)
Rhein at Berlin -- 9:00 AM (CT)
Frankfurt at Scotland -- 9:00 AM (CT)