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Patriots in Europe: Five Pats lead Berlin to 4-0 start

Five Patriots, led by Rohan Davey, contributed to Berlin’s comeback win over Rhein in NFLEL action over the weekend.

The Berlin Thunder remained undefeated in the NFL Europe League with a 14-10 road victory against the Rhein Fire on Saturday. Five Patriots contributed in the come-from-behind win, which gave the franchise its first ever 4-0 start. Quarterback Rohan Davey engineered Berlin's fourth-quarter comeback from a 10-0 deficit, throwing for 198 yards and a touchdown.

Davey got the Thunder on the scoreboard early in the final quarter with a four-yard touchdown pass to running back Ed Ieremia-Stansbury that cut the Fire's lead to 10-7. After Berlin stopped Rhein on the next possession, the Patriots' quarterback led the offensive unit down the field with two key conversions on third down. Facing a third-and-one at midfield, Davey found Ieremia-Stansbury for a 17-yard completion. Four plays later, after a sack and an offensive interference penalty, the Thunder faced a third-and-25 from the Rhein 46 when Davey completed a 45-yard strike to a streaking Aaron Boone down the left sideline. Running back Eric McCoo rumbled into the end zone two plays later to give Berlin the only undefeated record in the league.

The Thunder defense limited the Fire to just 182 total yards, including only 23 yards on the ground. Linebacker Lawrence Flugence tied for second on the team with five solo tackles, including a seven-yard sack of Chad Hutchinson in the second quarter. Safety Scott Farley finished the contest with three solo tackles and a special teams stop.

Other productive Patriots included wide receiver Chas Gessner who caught two passes for 25 yards, including an 18-yard completion from Davey in the first quarter. Jamil Soriano started at right guard and blocked for Berlin runners to garner 91 rushing yards.

In other action across the pond, the Amsterdam Admirals handed the Frankfurt Galaxy their first loss of the season with a 21-17 victory. Safety Jason Perry paced the Admirals with five tackles and a forced fumble. David Pruce got the start at left tackle for the Galaxy and opened holes for Frankfurt rushers to gain 108 yards on the ground.

Buck Rasmussen, the Patriots' eighth NFL Europe allocation, did not see game action with the Galaxy.


Those of us here at and Patriots Football Weekly would like to send our deepest condolences to Richard Seymour and his entire family. Our thoughts are with him during these very difficult times. … Through four games Davey has completed 56-of-85 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions for a 106.3 rating. He's also rushed 10 times for 37 yards in his three starts for the Thunder. … Farley has started three of four games played for the Thunder, recording 18 tackles and one pass defense. … Flugence has 18 tackles, a sack and two passes defensed in four starts at linebacker for Berlin. … Gessner is tied for second in NFLEL with three touchdowns. In four starts for the Thunder the wide out has 12 receptions for 181 yards. … Perry has registered an impressive 25 tackles in four starts at safety for the Admirals. … Pruce has started all four games at left tackle for the Galaxy, while Soriano has done the same at right guard for the Thunder. … Berlin sits alone atop the NFLEL standings at 4-0 followed by Frankfurt at 3-1, Amsterdam and Rhein at 2-2, Cologne at 1-3 and Scotland at 0-4. … This weekend's schedule has the Centurions at the Galaxy on Saturday (1:00 p.m. on the NFL Network), while the Fire visit the Claymores (9:00 a.m. on DIRECTV/NFL Network) and the Admirals take on the Thunder (10:00 a.m.) on Sunday.

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