NFL Europe Summary - Week Five

With the NFLEL season half over, the Berlin Thunder and Amsterdam Admirals are battling it out for the top spot. Berlin is in first place now - and Amsterdam must fight through the setback of a possible season-ending injury to quarterback Gibran Hamdan (Seattle Seahawks) a week ago.

NFL Europe League Standings

Berlin Thunder



Amsterdam Admirals



Cologne Centurions



Hamburg Sea Devils



Frankfurt Galaxy



Rhein Fire



Week 5 Results

Berlin 27, Amsterdam 16
Frankfurt 23, Rhein 20
Hamburg 23, Cologne 6

The first half of the NFL Europe League season ended in exciting fashion this weekend, as all three games were decided in the waning moments. New York Jets quarterback KEVIN EAKIN, Indianapolis Colts cornerback JERMAINE MAYS and Green Bay Packers linebacker NICK MC NEIL each played a pivotal role in helping their teams taste victory in Week 5 play.

As the race to World Bowl XIII intensifies, the Berlin Thunder are in first place at 4-1, holding a one-game advantage over the Amsterdam Admirals, Cologne Centurions and Hamburg Sea Devils, each tied for second at 3-2.

The Frankfurt Galaxy earned a thrilling 23-20 win against the Rhein Fire on Saturday in Frankfurt before a crowd of 27,439. Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, Eakin guided the Galaxy on a 14-play, 67-yard scoring drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end BROCK EDWARDS on fourth-and-goal with 16 seconds remaining.

"We came out today and held together like a family," said Eakin, a college star at Fordham. "With the unbelievable support of the fans, we didn’t give up on the game and fought to put ourselves in the hunt at the end. Both teams had a chance to win, but we had the good fortune on our side."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback AKILI SMITH completed nine of 11 attempts for 90 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for the Galaxy while San Diego Chargers running back AHMAAD GALLOWAY added 117 yards rushing. On defense, Frankfurt was led by New York Giants cornerback LAMONT BRIGHTFUL, who posted two interceptions.

Meanwhile in Berlin, Mays played a huge role in ensuring the Thunder sole possession of first place, helping his team to a 27-16 win against Amsterdam.

With the Thunder leading 20-16, the Admirals faced a third-and-four from the Berlin six-yard line with 23 seconds remaining. Mays prevented a potential game-winning touchdown with an interception in the end zone, returning the pick 100 yards for a score to seal the victory.

"I’m just trying to go out there and help my team win," Mays said. "Our defense has really improved in the last few weeks and we’re starting to make plays when we need to. We’re making some crucial plays at the end of the game, and that’s all that matters."

Houston Texans quarterback DAVE RAGONE led the Thunder offense, completing 14 of 23 attempts for 178 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, posting a 99.5 passer rating.

Meanwhile in Hamburg, the Sea Devils also used a defensive score to clinch a win, ultimately defeating the Cologne Centurions 23-6 at the AOL Arena.

Leading 9-6 late in the fourth quarter and with Cologne attempting to position for the game-tying or game-winning points, the Packers’ McNeil rose to the occasion. His 28-yard interception return touchdown with 2:47 remaining gave the Sea Devils a lead they would not relinquish.

After losing the first two games of the season, Hamburg has rebounded with three consecutive victories. Head coach JACK BICKNELL is pleased with the direction his team is headed.

"When you start off 0-2, the only thing you can hope for is to be 3-2 at the halfway point of the season, and that’s not easy," Bicknell said. "I’m very happy with this team, the way they practice, the way they prepare and the way they want to win. We dug ourselves a hole in the beginning, and we’re not out of it yet, but we’re showing some good progress at the halfway mark."


AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS: P RYAN DUTTON: Punted for a long of 44 yards against Berlin...QB GIBRAN HAMDAN: Did not play against Berlin - broken right collarbone. Hamdan is expected to miss the rest of the NFLEL season, although head coach Bart Andrus recently said that Hamdan might see some action towards the end of the season...CB B.J. TUCKER: Finished second on the team with six tackles against Berlin.

BERLIN THUNDER: CB MICHAEL HARDEN - Registered six tackles against Amsterdam...K KEVIN MILLER - Connected on field goals of 38 and 35 yards...DE CHRISTIAN MOHR - Recorded one tackle and two passes defensed..

COLOGNE CENTURIONS: CB KEVIN HOUSE - Recorded three passes defensed against Hamburg.

HAMBURG SEA DEVILS: DE KEVIN EMANUEL - Recorded two tackles against Cologne.

LB TERENCE ROBINSON - Registered one tackle and one pass defensed against Frankfurt.

Week 6 Schedule

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Hamburg Sea Devils at Rhein Fire - 1:00 (PM) - DIRECTV

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Berlin Thunder at Cologne Centurions - 10:00 (AM)  
Frankfurt Galaxy at Amsterdam Admirals - 3:00 (PM) - NFL Network

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