Week 17 Scoreboard:
Singapore - As has been the case in the previous few weeks, Berlin found themselves in a deep hole in the fourth quarter of a football game. Unlike the previous few weeks, Berlin found a way to dig out of that hole and win a football game. The Bratwurst were able to outlast the Singapore Salty Dogz, 36-35 in an emotionally charged, exciting game.
"What can I say, we finally found a way to win a football game, against a really good team no less," said a relieved Grieb. "We still made far too many mistakes, but I'm proud of the guys for sticking together and finding a way to win."
Berlin took the early kickoff, and drove down the field, thanks to some decent runs by Tomlinson and Hamilton, and a nice grab by David Boston. The drive stalled, deep in Salty Dogz territory, but a Steve Christie field goal miss, negated the good drive. It didn't take the Salty Dogz long to capitalize, and a huge pass to Moss, helped the Dogz jump out to a 7-0 lead. Berlin answered to make it 7-7, but an errant throw by Brees was picked up by the Dogz and returned for the go-ahead touchdown. "We've given up far too many of those plays," said Grieb. "In the past, it has hurt us, but we found a way today."
Berlin got a field goal and made it 14-10, then later took their first lead of the game with a touchdown strike from Brees to Boston - one of three connections by those two on the day. The lead was short-lived, as the Salty Dogz drove down the field quickly to make it 21-17 right before the half. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Berlin fumbled, and the ball was recoverd by the Dogz. Singapore was tasting blood, and had time to punch in a touchdown, but on second and goal at the 1, they were unable to punch the football in, and ran out of time, not being able to get another play off.
In the third quarter, The Dogz struck again, making the score 28-17, but once again, Berlin countered quickly to make it 28-24. Berlin stopped the Dogz on their next possession, and drove the field again. But Christie's second miss of the game kept the score at 28-24. "Christie had a tough day, but that is uncharacteristic of him," said Grieb. "He'll be fine next week."
The Dogz countered again and made the score 35-24 midway through the fourth quarter, and it looked as if Berlin would fade again. But long passes to David Boston, and some timely running by Tomlinson brought the Brats to within 5 at 35-30 (a missed two-point conversion) with approximately 3 minutes to play.
Singapore was hoping to get a few first downs to run out the clock but were unable to, and punted the ball back to Berlin. The Brats, focused on running the ball, trying to run off some time. Then, Brees connected with Boston for what seemed the ump-teenth time to bring Berlin to within striking distance. Ladanian Tomlinson finished the drive off with a touchdown run, his second of the game, and Berlin found themselves up, 36-35, with just over 1 minute to play.
It seemed as if the Salty Dogz would do what the Mudfish did to the Brats last week, but Singapore could not get a drive started, and on 4th and 10, Culpepper threw his second pick of the day, sealing a hard-fought game for Berlin.