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NFL Europe Recap (Berlin-Frankfurt)
Posted: Sat April 17, 1999 at 7:29 p.m. EDTFRANKFURT 21, BERLIN 20
FRANKFURT, Germany (Ticker) -- Pat Barnes threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Andy McCullough with 6:27 remaining to wreck the Berlin Thunder's hopes of a winning debut in the NFL Europe League. Allocated by the Oakland Raiders, Barnes completed 7-of-12 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in two quarters to outduel another Raiders quarterback, former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. In front of a crowd of 30,127, Ware ran for a TD and completed 16-of-29 passes for 179 yards Jake Delhomme, allocated by the New Orleans Saints and scheduled to share playing time with Barnes, led the Galaxy on a 14-play opening drive. He hooked up three times with Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Shawn Scales to set up an 18-yard field goal by German kicker Ralph Kleinmann. Berlin's first drive stalled but when Charles Pierce's punt struck Scales and was recovered by Cliff Shamburger at the Frankfurt 9. Two plays later, Ware, looking to relaunch his NFL career with the Raiders, went up the middle on a six-yard TD run. Berlin stretched its lead to 10-3 early in the second quarter on a 43-yard field goal by David Akers. Barnes made a dramatic entry for the Galaxy, passing and running for first downs before hitting Arizona Cardinals wide receiver McCullough for a 23-yard score. Barnes' ability to scramble clear of the pass rush had his team on the move again, leading to Kleinmann's 52-yard field goal worth four points to give Frankfurt a 14-10 halftime lead. Akers' second field goal from 39 yards reduced the deficit to a point and Ware connected on a 38-yard pass to Andre Rone deep in Galaxy territory. On 2nd-and-goal, Green bay Packers running back Edwin Watson carried a group of tacklers into the end zone for a three-yard score. Akers' 50-yard kick fell just short and two minutes later, Barnes found McCullough racing away from the defense for a spectacular 43-yard touchdown. Kleinmann's extra point gave Frankfurt a 21-20 advantage. The Thunder were mounting a dangerous drive late in the game when Watson's fumble was recovered by linebacker Derek Streay.
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