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World Bowl 2000 (or World Bowl VIII) was NFL Europe's championship game, which would bring an end to the 2000 NFL Europe season. Played at Waldstadionmarker in Frankfurtmarker, Germanymarker on June 25, 2000, the match-up was between the 6-4 Scottish Claymores and the 7-3 Rhein Fire. 35,860 fans were in attendance to witness the Fire coming from behind to win a close match-up 13-10 in the second-lowest scoring World Bowl played (only the inaugural World Bowl yielding fewer points). Fire QB Danny Wuerffel took home MVP honors, despite going 12 of 30 for 90 yards with no touchdowns and 2 Interceptions.

Background

The Fire won the first meeting 22-10 in Düsseldorf, while the Claymores won the second meeting 31-24 in Scotland.

Game summary

In this low-scoring affair, the Rhein Fire struck first when they went 51 yards on 11 plays in the opening drive, but they could only come up with a 21-yard field goal by Manfred Burgsmuller. The Claymores responded with their opening drive, by going 75 yards on only three plays and gracefully capping it off with a 36-yard run by RB Aaron Stecker. In the second quarter, the Claymores increased their lead by going 52 yards on 12 plays, yet ending up with a 32-yard field goal by Rob Hart. The Fire managed to respond on an 8-play, 34-yard drive, but the Claymore defense made Rhein settle for a 23-yard field goal by Burgsmuller. Heading into halftime, the Claymores led 10-6 and feeling confident that they would win another championship title. In the second half of the game, both sides failed to score a single point in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Claymores had the game all but won. However, the Fire refused to go down without a fight. Getting the ball with 5:07 left on the clock, Fire QB Danny Wuerffel led his team on an 8-play, 43-yard drive that was not only time-consuming, but Fire RB Pepe Pearson scored the game-winning touchdown from a yard out. Even though the Claymores got the ball back and managed to gel some reasonable yardage, Hart's 40-yard field goal attempt (which would have tied the game up) went wide left, preserving Rhein's small lead and giving them their second World Bowl title in three years.

World Bowl 2000 was the final game in charge for the two head coaches, who up until then had each taken charge of every game in team history. Both would depart for the newly-created XFL, with Rhein's Galen Hall taking charge of the Orlando Rage and Scotland's Jim Criner at the Las Vegas Outlaws.

Scoring summary

  • Rhein - FG Burgsmuller 21 yd 5:12 1st
  • Scotland - TD Stecker 36 yd run 6:22 1st
  • Scotland - FG Hart 32 yd 5:57 2nd
  • Rhein - FG Burgsmuller 23 yd 10:01 2nd
  • Rhein - TD Pearson 1 yd run 13:48 4th


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