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World Bowl XIII was NFL Europe's 2005 championship game. It was played at the LTU arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 11, 2005. In this match-up, the 6-4 Amsterdam Admirals managed to get back to the World Bowl after losing in World Bowl V and spending nearly a decade being on the outside. Now, they had a chance to dig deep and win big. Their opponent for the match-up was the Berlin Thunder, who were coming off their best year (9-1 and a victory in World Bowl XII) and made it back to the World Bowl with a 7-3 record, hoping to defend their title. 35,134 fans were in attendance for the fight. After many years of suffering, the Admirals won their very first World Bowl title by stripping the defending champion Thunder of their title, by a final score of 27-21. Taking home MVP honors was Admirals QB Kurt Kittner, who went 15 of 28 for 239 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. NFL Europe logo Old World League of American Football (WLAF) logo The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... LTU-Arena is a multi-use stadium in Dusseldorf, Germany. ... Düsseldorf - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Amsterdam Admirals are a team in NFL Europe, a league of American football operated in Europe primarily as a developmental league for the National Football League. ... The World Bowl is the American football Championship game of the NFL Europe, similar to the Super Bowl of the NFL. When the NFL Europe was founded in 1991 as World League of American Football (WLAF), with teams in North America and Europe as well as expansion plans for Asia... World Bowl 97 (or World Bowl V) was NFL Europes 1997 championship game. ... Year Founded 1999 Home Field Olympic Stadium City Berlin, Germany Team Colors Black, Green, Tan, Orange and White Head Coach Rick Lantz Championships 3 (2001, 2002, 2004) The Berlin Thunder is a franchise in NFL Europe, which is a springtime American football league serving primarily as a developmental league for... World Bowl XII was NFL Europes 2004 championship game. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Kurt Kittner (born January 23, 1980 in Schaumburg, Illinois) is an American football player who most recently played quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both...

Game Summary

The Admirals drew first blood on their opening possession as Admirals QB Kurt Kittner lead his team on a 9-play, 68-yard drive and capped it off with a 22-yard TD pass to WR Ruvell Martin. It would turn out to be the only score of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Admirals would quickly add to their lead. They used their first full possession the period on just one play, but it would be swift and painful, as Amsterdam took advantage of a fumble recovery to take control at Berlin's 12-yard line. Afterwards, Kittner threw a 12-yard TD pass to TE Mike Gomez. On their next possession, the Admirals continued to pour it on, as his Admirals stopped a 4th down conversion from the Thunder and took over with good field position (Berlin's 27-yard line). Despite the good position, the Thunder defense finally stiffened and the Admirals had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by kicker Chris Snyder. The Berlin Thunder would finally be able to get on the board near the end of the half, as Thunder QB Dave Ragone led his team on a 4-play, 51-yard drive and capped it off with a 10-yard pass to WR Aaron Boone. Despite the impressive resurgance, the first half belonged to Amsterdam as they lead 17-7 at halftime. Dave Ragone, an American football player born October 3, 1979, is the second all time leading passer at the University of Louisville and currently a member of the NFLs Houston Texans. ... Aaron Boone Aaron Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a third baseman in Major League Baseball who has played for the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees but currently is with the Cleveland Indians. ...

In the third quarter, the Admirals continued to show how much they want Berlin's crown by striking on their opening drive. Kittner lead his team on a 4-play, 80-yard drive that ended with RB Jonathan Smith running 18 well-earned yards for a TD. Trailing 24-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Thunder needed a lot of points in a hurry, if they wanted to defend their title. Continuing a drive that begin in the final seconds of the third quarter, Ragone led his team on a 5-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 10-yard TD pass to RB Little John Flowers. However, the Admirals continued to put the lead further out of reach, as they responded with a 28-yard field goal by Snyder. Ragone and his Thunder would respond with a 10-play, 78-yard drive and get a TD with Ragone himself running in on a 10-yard QB sneak. Despite their efforts, the Admirals managed to drain as much precious time as they could and end Berlin's reign. The Admirals managed to pull off an upset by taking down the defending champions and win their very first World Bowl title.

Scoring Summary

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Amsterdam 7 10 7 3 27
Berlin 0 7 0 14 21
  • Amsterdam - TD Martin 22 yd pass from Kittner 4:52 1st
  • Amsterdam - TD Gomez 12 yd pass from Kittner 3:03 2nd
  • Amsterdam - FG Snyder 32 yd 8:00 2nd
  • Berlin - TD Boone 10 yd pass from Ragone 14:27 2nd
  • Amsterdam - TD Smith 18 yd run 5:14 3rd
  • Berlin - TD Flowers 10 yd pass from Ragone 1:19 4th
  • Amsterdam - FG Snyder 28 yd 5:51 4th
  • Berlin - TD Redd 10 yd pass from Ragone 10:05 4th

External Link

  • World Bowl XIII on NFL Europe.com
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