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NFL Europe Recap (Frankfurt-Berlin)
Posted: Sun June 13, 1999 at 7:49 p.m. EDTFRANKFURT 32, BERLIN 19
BERLIN (Ticker) -- The Frankfurt Galaxy scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat the Berlin Thunder, 32-19, and clinch a spot in World Bowl '99. Trailing 13-11 going into the final period, Frankfurt stormed back with its outburst in the final quarter. The Galaxy secured its place in the championship game later in the day when the Scottish Claymores lost to Amsterdam, 29-20. World Bowl '99 will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 27. The Galaxy went ahead early in the first quarter when quarterback Jake Delhomme, allocated by the New Orleans Saints, connected with Mario Bailey from six yards. It was the veteran receiver's league-record 22nd touchdown catch of his career and he would end the game with nine catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The Thunder missed a chance to reduce that lead late in the first quarter when former German soccer star Axel Kruse, filling in on long field goals after David Akers fell ill, was wide with a 33-yard attempt. Berlin's injury-filled defense came up with a big play after the Galaxy had taken the ball inside the Thunder 5-yard line, forcing a fumble by running back Jermaine Chaney. But the Thunder were unable to move the ball and quarterback Chris Dittoe was sacked in the end zone by Denauld Brown for a safety and an 8-0 Galaxy lead. Berlin continued to struggle offensively in the second quarter as Dittoe was put under constant pressure. The Thunder needed another strong stand by the defense to restrict Frankfurt to a 26-yard field goal by Ralf Kleinmann. There was just enough time remaining in the half for Dittoe to mount a Berlin drive that ended with punter Charles Pierce landing a 34-yard field goal to make the score, 11-3 at the half. After gaining only 102 yards in the first half, Berlin found some offensive rhythm on the opening drive of the second half with the receiving of Anthony Rodgers and the running of Edwin Watson leading to a 29-yard field goal by Kruse. After Kleinmann was short with a field goal attempt, the Berlin were on the move again. Justin Watson made two big runs for first downs and then Dittoe hit Rodgers for a 26-yard touchdown and Kruse's extra point gave Berlin a 13-11 advantage. Berlin's lead lasted only as long as it took for Oakland Raiders-allocated quarterback Pat Barnes to lead the Galaxy downfield. After missing Andy McCullough and Mario Bailey in the end zone, Barnes hit Todd Floyd for a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 18-13. The Galaxy lead was quickly extended as Barnes ran a play-fake and hit Bailey for a 52-yard touchdown, which he followed with a pass to McCullough for the two-point conversion. The momentum had swung decisively to the Galaxy and things got even worse for Berlin when Frankfurt running back Rene Ingoglia blocked Pierce's punt. Chaney made the Thunder pay with a 4-yard touchdown run that made the score 32-13. Berlin brought in former Army quarterback Ronnie McAda to throw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rone but the Galaxy defense made sure there was no late comeback from the home team.
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