World Bowl '98 (or World Bowl VI) was NFL Europe's 1998 championship game, located at Waldstadion in Frankfurt, Germany. On June 14, 1998, the 7-3 Rhein Fire went up against the 7-3 Frankfurt Galaxy for the NFL Europe title. 47,846 fans were in attendance (which was the largest World Bowl crowd since 1991), as the Fire was able to avenge last year's World Bowl collapse by winning 34-10. Fire QB Jim Arellanes managed to fill in for the injured Mike Quinn and earn MVP honors on his first official start by going 12 of 18 for 263 Yards with 3 Touchdowns and No Interceptions.
The Fire won the first meeting 31-14 in Frankfurt, while the Galaxy took the second meeting 20-17 (OT) in Düsseldorf.
Game summary Edit
In this World Bowl, two back-up QB's were given the starting job for NFL Europe's biggest stage. For the Rhein Fire, it was Jim Arellanes and for the Frankfurt Galaxy, it was Chris Dittoe. Even in the thrashing rain, the Fire managed to light first with a 29-yard field goal by Manny Burgsmüller. Then, near the end of the first quarter, Arellanes led his Fire on a 10-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off with a 15-yard pass to WR Dialleo Burks. In the second quarter, the Galaxy finally managed to score, thanks to a 13-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 3-yard run by RB Jermaine Chaney. However, near the end of the first half, the Fire didn't want Frankfurt closing in on them, as Arellanes lead a 4-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard TD pass to Burks, to make the score 17-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Galaxy struggled offensively to get points. In the end, all they could muster up was a 41-yard field goal by Ralf Kleinmann. For the remainder of the game, it was all Rhein. After Frankfurt's field goal, the Fire wrapped up the third period with a 74-yard TD pass from Arellanes to WR Marcus Robinson. In the fourth quarter, the Fire managed to put the game away with Burgsmuller's 20-yard field goal and Jon Vaughn's 15-yard run. When the game clock reached 0:00, the Fire celebrated their first-ever World Bowl title.
Scoring summary Edit
- Rhein - FG Burgsmüller 29 yd 4:13 1st
- Rhein - TD Burks 15 yd pass from Arellanes 12:29 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Chaney 3 yd run 4:13 2nd
- Rhein - TD Burks 20 yd pass from Arellanes 11:24 2nd
- Frankfurt - FG Kleinmann 41 yd 2:22 3rd
- Rhein - TD Robinson 74 yd pass from Arellanes 3:52 3rd
- Rhein - FG Burgsmüller 20 yd 11:01 4th
- Rhein - TD Vaughn 15 yd run 13:07 4th