Week 16 Scoreboard:
Berlin, Germany - In a must-win game that felt more like a playoff game, Berlin lost to arguably best team in the
league, 28-25, on a desperation heart-breaking 37-yard touchdown heave from Jay Fiedler to a double-covered
Chris Chambers with 6 seconds left on the clock.
"This one hurt," said a yet-again dejected Grieb. "I thought we played them about as good as we could've, but it
just wasn't enough."
Berlin was ahead early on a Steve Christie field goal, after the Mudfish turned the ball over twice - once by Ricky
Williams as he was about to score a touchdown. "Our defense had them on the ropes early," said Grieb. The
Mudifsh recoverd and scored a touchdown to make it 7-3. The Berlin offense, unable to move the ball at all in
the first quarter was able to drive the field on its next possession, after having to abandon the running game.
Drew Brees hit David Boston for a big gain, and Stephen Alexander caught the touchdown that put Berlin up 10-7.
The Mudfish were unable to move the football late in the first half and punted, and Berlin was poised to score again,
but a poorly thrown Brees pass gave the Mudfish the ball again, and they were able to take a 14-10 lead into
The score remained the same into the fourth quarter - both teams missing field goals, but the Mudfish seemingly
put the game away with another touchdown. With under 4 minutes to play, Berlin had some luck with the deep
ball to David Boston, and made the score 21-18, after a successful two-point conversion. The Mudfish were
hoping to run the clock out, and it looked like they were going to, as they drove to the Berlin 33 with under 2 minutes
to play, but on 4th and inches, Berlin's defense was able to stop the fullback, and Berlin's offense once again came
on the field.
Drew Brees quickly drove Berlin down the field, and Tomlinson was finally able to break the Mudfish defense, and
score the go-ahead touchdown with just over 1 minute to play. The Mudfish were out of timeouts, and hade 80 yards to
drive. Passes to Ricky Williams quickly moved the Mudfish towards the Bratwurst goal, but Berlin refused to give up
the big play ... until with 6 seconds to go in the game, when Jay Fiedler found a heavily covered Chris Chambers in the
endzone to put an end to a well-played game.
"It's a shame to have somebody lose this game, but that's the way it is," said Mudfish coach Mark McCandless.
Berlin has lost 4 straight, and have to play the high-powered Salty Dogz offense. "It's beyond crunch time now," said
Grieb. "We need to play good ball in the coming weeks if we are to have a shot at making the playoffs."