Packers productive as NFL-E winds down

NFL Europe teams with heavy Packer presence may not be represented in World Bowl XII, but they definitely had a say in who does go to the summer league's championship thanks to big games over the weekend.<p>

The Cologne Centurions (3-5) ended the Rhein Fire's World Bowl hopes as the Centurions triumphed 7-6 Sunday. Packer cornerback Erwin Swiney led the Cologne defense as they smothered the Fire (3-5). Swiney had six tackles and broke up three passes. Packer/Centurion defense line teammates Eric Powell and Cullen Jenkins each had a sack. Cologne compiled five sacks on the of Fire quarterback Chad Hutchinson (Dallas Cowboys) on the afternoon.

The difference in the game turned out to be an extra point. Rhein scored first on a one-yard run by backup QB Greg Zolman (Buffalo) in the second quarter, but the Fire's PAT attempt was blocked. Cologne answered in the third quarter with a Ryan Van Dyke (NYG) to Ben Nelson (Minnesota) touchdown pass. The extra point was good, and the one-point margin stood up the rest of the way.

Packer receiver Shockmain Davis had one catch for two yards for the Fire.

The Amsterdam Admirals (3-5) were an unwilling part of the Scottish Claymore's 100th game celebration. The Claymores (2-6) downed the visiting Admirals 19-17. Bare-footed kicker Rob Hart, who also plays professionally in England, kicked the decisive 43-yard field goal with 1:24 to go.

Green Bay cornerback Derek Combs had four tackles and linebacker Steve Josue added one. Tight end Tony Donald had one catch for 22 yards.

It turns out the World Bowl will be a rematch of a week 8 showdown. The Berlin Thunder (7-1) secured their title game berth last week. Rhein's loss gave Frankfurt the remaining slot. Meanwhile, Frankfurt was losing 31-27 to Berlin, it future World Bowl foe. The teams will meet again in Week 10 before heading to WB XII June 12 at Arena Aufschalke, Gelsenkirchen.

Next Weekend in NFL Europe:

Saturday, May 29

Berlin at Scotland – 8 a.m. (Central)

Frankfurt at Rhein -- Noon (Central)

Sunday, May 30

Amsterdam at Cologne – 1 p.m. (Central)

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