NFL Europe Summary - Week Three
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Posted Apr 19, 2005


While the Amsterdam Admirals, known to have the most Seahawks on their roster, grabbed their second win in the 2005 NFL Europe season, there were several stellar performances elsewhere. One team stayed undefeated, and the newest franchise racked up their first victory.

NFL Europe League Standings

 
W
L
T
PCT
PF
PA

Cologne

3

0

0

1.000

70

47

Amsterdam

2

1

0

.666

71

64

Berlin

2

1

0

.666

72

51

Frankfurt

1

2

0

.333

44

67

Hamburg

1

2

0

.333

67

64

Rhein

0

3

0

.000

48

58



Week 2 Results
Amsterdam 31, Berlin 27
Cologne 23, Frankfurt 14
Hamburg 31, Rhein 24

Week 3 Schedule

Saturday April 23, 2005

Amsterdam at Cologne - 12:00 (PM)
Berlin at Rhein - 1:00 (PM) - DIRECTV/NFL Network
Hamburg at Frankfurt - 1:00 (PM) - NFL Network

On Saturday in Amsterdam, the Admirals outlasted the Berlin Thunder in a thrilling contest that featured five second-half lead changes, with Amsterdam eventually earning a 31-27 victory to improve to 2-1.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback GIBRAN HAMDAN completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to San Diego Chargers wideout RUVELL MARTIN for the game-winning points. The Admirals also enjoyed significant success on the ground, with running back JONATHAN SMITH (Kansas City) rushing for 133 yards and one touchdown and JARRETT PAYTON (Tennessee) adding 92 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run.

"This is what building team unity is all about," said Payton, who leads NFL Europe with a 7.3 yards per carry average and ties for second in rushing with 211 yards. "When you are down and then you come together as a team and you win, that’s the best feeling. It gives you more confidence and shows that we are all fighting for each other."

T
he Hamburg Sea Devils made the first home game in franchise history a memorable one, earning an exciting 31-24 victory on Saturday over the Rhein Fire before a crowd of 19,865 passionate fans at the AOL Arena in Hamburg.

The Sea Devils victory, one of the highlights of a high-scoring Week 3 in NFL Europe League play, was sparked by an offensive outburst in the first half that led to a 31-0 Hamburg halftime advantage. The Sea Devils then withstood a furious rally by Rhein, clinching the win only when Atlanta Falcons safety SHAWN MAYER intercepted a pass at the Hamburg 36-yard line with four seconds remaining.

"Hamburg played one of the best first halves of offensive football I have ever seen," said Fire head coach PETE KUHARCHEK. "I’m sure we helped, but they were just about perfect."

Much of the offensive success was due to the play of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback CASEY BRAMLET and Chicago Bears passer RYAN DINWIDDIE. Bramlet started and completed 15 of 20 attempts for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Dinwiddie connected on eight of 11 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

"I thought the first half we played pretty well," said Bramlet, who leads NFL Europe with a 90.7 passer rating and a 68.4 completion percentage through three games. "We made it a little closer than we would have liked, but we can learn from that and move on."

Meanwhile in Cologne, the Centurions continued their winning ways, improving to 3-0 with a 23-14 win against the Frankfurt Galaxy on Saturday at the Rhein Engergie Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys running back KEYLON KINCADE rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown in the win and also added four receptions for 46 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown catch. Keylon’s 12-yard scoring run late in the third quarter gave Cologne a 17-14 lead it would never relinquish en route to the victory.

"We had a good, consistent week of practice," Kincade said. "We weren’t making any mental mistakes and we were getting the job done. It paid off for us today."


SEAHAWKS REPORT

AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS: In the Admirals' 31-27 victory over Berlin, QB GIBRAN HAMDAN completed nine of 20 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns...TE TONY DONALD caught a team-high five passes for 37 yards....P RYAN DUTTON averaged 46.0 yards per punt, and CB B.J. TUCKER recorded four tackles and an interception.

HAMBURG SEA DEVILS: In the Sea Devils' 31-24 victory over Rhein, DE KEVIN EMANUEL registered 1 sack.

BERLIN THUNDER: In Berlin's 31-27 loss to Amsterdam, CB MICHAEL HARDEN had two interceptions and four tackles....K KEVIN MILLER connected on field goals of 41 and 23 yards, and DE CHRISTIAN MOHR totaled three tackles.

RHEIN FIRE:
In Rhein's 31-24 loss to Hamburg, LB TERENCE ROBINSON recorded three tackles.

COLOGNE CENTURIONS: In Cologne's 23-14 victory over Frankfurt, CB KEVIN HOUSE registered three tackles and one pass defensed.



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