The difference in the game turned out to be an extra point. Rhein scored first on a one-yard run by backup QB Greg Zolman (Buffalo) in the second quarter, but the Fire's PAT attempt was blocked. Cologne answered in the third quarter with a Ryan Van Dyke (NYG) to Ben Nelson (Minnesota) touchdown pass. The extra point was good, and the one-point margin stood up the rest of the way.
Packer receiver Shockmain Davis had one catch for two yards for the Fire.
The Amsterdam Admirals (3-5) were an unwilling part of the Scottish Claymore's 100th game celebration. The Claymores (2-6) downed the visiting Admirals 19-17. Bare-footed kicker Rob Hart, who also plays professionally in England, kicked the decisive 43-yard field goal with 1:24 to go.
It turns out the World Bowl will be a rematch of a week 8 showdown. The Berlin Thunder (7-1) secured their title game berth last week. Rhein's loss gave Frankfurt the remaining slot. Meanwhile, Frankfurt was losing 31-27 to Berlin, it future World Bowl foe. The teams will meet again in Week 10 before heading to WB XII June 12 at Arena Aufschalke, Gelsenkirchen.
Next Weekend in NFL Europe:
Saturday, May 29
Berlin at Scotland – 8 a.m. (Central)
Frankfurt at Rhein -- Noon (Central)
Sunday, May 30
Amsterdam at Cologne – 1 p.m. (Central)