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NFL Europe: Week 9 Recap


The Amsterdam Admirals improved their record to 4-5 with a 23-18 victory over the Cologne Centurions (3-6), Sunday.

Quarterback Clint Stoerner (Miami), who moved into third place all-time on the NFL-E career list for completions and passing yardage, completed 13-of-27 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Admirals moved into third place in the NFL-E standings with one game to play.

Packers tight end Tony Donald had three catches for 38 yards for the Admirals, while cornerback Derek Combs had three tackles and two passes defensed, and returned four kickoffs for 110 yards, including a 40-yard return to set up a 41-yard field goal to regain the lead with 5:18 remaining in game.

For Cologne, cornerback Erwin Swiney led the team with six tackles and three passes defensed, while defensive end Cullen Jenkins had two tackles and two passes defensed.

The Rhein Fire (3-6) forced the World Bowl-bound Frankfurt Galaxy (7-2) into an extra period, Saturday, before falling 20-14 at home.

While both teams were without their starting quarterbacks, the Fire turned the ball over four times on offense, but the Galaxy was unable to capitalize. Both teams combined for seven missed field goal opportunities, including Rhein's potential game-winner at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, a bad snap forced Rhein punter Brooks Barnard (Chicago) to take a sack at the Fire's 29 yard line with 1:49 remaining in overtime.

Galaxy wide receiver Derrick Lewis (New Orleans) then turned a short pass from quarterback Kirk Farmer (Dallas) up field for the 32-yard game-winning score.

Packers wide receiver Shockmain Davis had five catches for 38 yards and two kickoff returns for 90 yards for Rhein, while running back Walter Williams, who suffered a broken hand in Week 1, led the Fire in rushing with 20 carries for 72 yards in the loss.

In other Week 9 action, the Berlin Thunder (8-1) continued its dominance over NFL-E opponents with a 27-19 victory over the Scottish Claymores (2-7), Saturday.

Berlin quarterback David Rivers completed 18-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another after replacing Rohan Davey just before halftime.

With one more victory at home next week, the Thunder can match the 1991 London Monarchs and the 1995 Amsterdam Admirals for the best regular season record in NFL-E history at 9-1.

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Week 9 Results --

Berlin 27, Scotland 19 (Attendance: 9,153)

Frankfurt 20, Rhein 14 OT (Attendance: 26,417)

Amsterdam 23, Cologne 18 (Attendance: 9,056)

Week 10 Schedule --

(Saturday, June 5)

Cologne Centurions at Scottish Claymores, live 8 a.m. CT (NFL Network); Delay 7 p.m. CT (NFL Network)

(Sunday, June 6)

Frankfurt Galaxy at Berlin Thunder, Delay noon CT (FOX)

Rhein Fire at Amsterdam Admirals, live 8 a.m. CT (DirecTV); Delay 7 p.m. CT (NFL Network)

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