NFLEL: Amsterdam Clinches World Bowl Berth

The defending-champion Amsterdam Admirals clinched a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XIV on May 27 with a 17-12 road win over the Frankfurt Galaxy on Sunday in front of 31,769 energetic fans in Week 9 NFL Europe League action.

One team is in…but the other won’t be determined until the final week!

The defending-champion Amsterdam Admirals clinched a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XIV on May 27 with a 17-12 road win over the Frankfurt Galaxy on Sunday in front of 31,769 energetic fans in Week 9 NFL Europe League action.

“We are very happy to be in the World Bowl again,” said Admirals head coach BART ANDRUS, whose club can become only the second team in league history to win back-to-back World Bowls (Berlin, IX and X). “We set a goal during training camp and now we have accomplished the first part of that goal.”

San Diego Chargers running back LARRY CROOM put the Admirals ahead in the third quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback JUSTIN PERKINS returned an interception 70 yards for a score to provide the winning points for Amsterdam.

The Admirals’ World Bowl opponent has yet to be determined, but the NFL Europe championship game could end up being a rematch of the Week 9 showdown between Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Frankfurt can advance to World Bowl XIV in the season’s final week with a win at the Berlin Thunder or with a Rhein Fire loss at home against the Cologne Centurions. Rhein needs both a victory over Cologne and a Frankfurt loss to move on to the championship game.

“Surely we are disappointed to lose this game against Amsterdam, but we have one more shot to make it to the World Bowl,” said Galaxy head coach MIKE JONES. “We will bounce back and next week we will go to Berlin and leave it all on the field.”

Rhein’s postseason chances took a hit on Sunday as the Hamburg Sea Devils won their second game in a row, defeating the Fire 13-10. Minnesota Vikings cornerback RONYELL WHITAKER put Rhein on the board first with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, but Miami Dolphins quarterback BROCK BERLIN threw an eight-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give Hamburg the victory.

“We still have a chance to go to the World Bowl,” said Rhein head coach JIM TOMSULA. “We are going to come out and try to get one more win and let the pieces fall where they may.”

Also in Week 9, the Cologne Centurions defeated the Berlin Thunder 25-7 at home on Sunday. The Centurions rushed for 215 yards, led by New Orleans Saints running back JAMAAL BRANCH (124 yards). New York Jets quarterback KLIFF KINGSBURY threw for 201 yards and one touchdown, compiling a 124.9 passer rating for Cologne.

NFL Europe League Standings

 
W
L
T
PCT
PF
PA
Amsterdam Admirals
7
2
0
.778
238
200
Frankfurt Galaxy
6
3
0
.667
158
147
Rhein Fire
5
4
0
.556
186
155
Cologne Centurions
4
5
0
.444
141
149
Berlin Thunder
2
6
1
.278
167
227
Hamburg Sea Devils
2
6
1
.278
160
172

Seahawks in NFL Europe:

CB LANCE FRAZIER, Cologne Centurions: Recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass defensed against Berlin.

WR SKYLER FULTON, Amsterdam Admirals: Led team with 6 catches for 105 yards versus Frankfurt.

QB GIBRAN HAMDAN, Amsterdam Admirals: Passed for 12 TDs this season before being placed on injured reserve.

DB BRANDON HAW, Frankfurt Galaxy: Posted 4 tackles versus Amsterdam.

WR C.J. JONES, Berlin Thunder: Did not play against Cologne.

DE ALAIN KASHAMA, Cologne Centurions: Did not play versus Berlin.

K RYAN KILLEEN, Amsterdam Admirals: Kicked 1 FG and 2 PATs against Frankfurt.

P GABE LINDSTROM, Cologne Centurions: Averaged 49.0 yards per punt versus Berlin.

TE KEITH WILLIS, Frankfurt Galaxy: Caught 29-yard TD pass against Amsterdam.

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