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NFL Europe Recap (Amsterdam-Berlin)
Posted: Sat May 15, 1999 at 7:36 p.m. EDTBERLIN 22, AMSTERDAM 19 (OT)
BERLIN (Ticker) -- David Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal 5:25 into overtime, giving the Berlin Thunder the first win in team history, 22-19 over the Amsterdam Admirals. Chuck Clements came off the bench to lead Berlin's comeback before the running of Edwin Watson moved the Thunder into scoring position in overtime. Amsterdam, which cruised to a 26-point victory over Berlin a week ago, picked up where they left off. Silvio Diliberto bounced a 38-yard field goal off the crossbar in the first quarter and added a 30-yarder in the second to give the Admirals a 6-0 halftime lead. But George Harris' long kickoff return put Berlin in position and Andre Ware connected with Justin Watson for a 30-yard touchdown to put the Thunder in front, 7-6. Amsterdam's Joe Aska rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half, but the Admirals did not take the lead until Ray Jackson returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. Newcomer Trey Thomas, who joined Berlin this week, blocked Francesco Biancamano's punt and Ed Watson ran it in from two yards out to lift the Thunder into a 13-13 tie. Clements replaced Ware and hooked up with Rone on a 12-yard touchdown that put Berlin in front just before the two-minute warning. Diliberto forced overtime when he kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired.
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