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NFL Europe: World Bowl XII Preview


Offensive lineman Jason Jimenez will represent the Green Bay Packers in World Bowl XII, when the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Berlin Thunder collide at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Saturday.

Jimenez is one of 59 players from a total of 26 NFL teams that will compete in the championship game.

Berlin swept the regular-season series between the two teams, first in Week 8, 31-27, and later in Week 10, 41-0.

But history indicates that the regular season means nothing when it comes to NFL-E's title games.

The last three times a team has played in the World Bowl against opponents they have swept in the regular-season, the tables have been turned.

Berlin was victorious in 2001 and 2002, having been swept by the Barcelona Dragons and Rhein Fire in those respective years, while the Galaxy upset the Dragons in 1999 after losing twice in the regular season -- including a Week 10 contest.

The 1996 Scottish Claymores, who beat Frankfurt in World Bowl IV, are the only team in NFL-E history to post three wins over the same team in one season.

This year's World Bowl includes an exciting running back battle. Frankfurt running back Skip Hicks (661 yards) led the league in rushing for much of the year, only to be surpassed in Week 10 by Berlin's Eric McCoo (669 yards).

The Thunder also boasts NFL-E's leading passer, Rohan Davey, who completed 126-of-206 passes for 1,676 yards and 19 touchdowns and was selected as the 2004 NFL Europe League Offensive MVP.

Viewers in more than 150 countries will be able to catch the action on television, with the game reaching an estimated audience of 200 million. In the U.S., FOX will air World Bowl XII for the ninth straight year live at 11 a.m. (CT).

World Bowl XII TV Information --

Saturday, June 12, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen - 11 a.m. CT (FOX)

Week 10 Results --

Cologne Centurions 28, Scottish Claymores 20

Berlin Thunder 41, Frankfurt Galaxy 0

Amsterdam Admirals 22, Rhein Fire 12

Packers In NFL-E --

Derek Combs, CB (Amsterdam Admirals) --Finished the season with 29 tackles (28 solo), 6 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 4 special teams tackles; 18 kickoff returns for 429 yards ... Last Week: 5 tackles, 1 interception; 1 special teams tackle

Shockmain Davis, WR (Rhein Fire) --Finished the season with 27 catches for 331 yards, 1 touchdown; 19 kickoff returns for 571 yards, 2 touchdowns (93 and 87 yards); 2 punt returns for 4 yards ... NFL-E co-Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1 ... Last week: 1 catch for 18 yards, 1 carry for 6 yards; 2 punt returns for 4 yards, 1 kickoff return for 27 yards

Tony Donald, TE (Amsterdam Admirals) --Finished the season with 32 catches for 382 yards, 4 touchdowns ... Last week: 2 catches for 27 yards

Cullen Jenkins, DE (Cologne Centurions) --Finished the season with 20 tackles (18 solo), 5 passes defensed, 0.5 sack ... Last week: 1 pass defensed

Jason Jimenez, T (Frankfurt Galaxy) -- 10 games played

Steve Josue, LB (Amsterdam Admirals) --Finished the season with 15 tackles (12 solo), 1 sack, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception, 5 special teams tackles ... Last week: 3 tackles, 1 pass defensed

Eric Powell, DE (Cologne Centurions) --Finished the season with 22 tackles (13 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 special teams tackle ... Last week: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Erwin Swiney, CB (Cologne Centurions) --Finished the season with 31 tackles (27 solo), 13 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery ... Last week: 1 tackle

Walter Williams, RB (Rhein Fire) -- Finished the season with 53 carries, 203 yards; 2 catches for 12 yards ... suffered broken hand in Week 1 ... Last week: 16 carries for 63 yards

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