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Rhein Fire 21, Galaxy 20

May 17, 1997

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Backup quarterback Sean LaRocca threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Sean Foster with 15 seconds left Saturday gave the Rhein Fire a 21-20 WLAF victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy.

It was the Rhein Fire’s second win in as many weeks over the Galaxy (2-4), who lost in the final minute for the third straight week.

LaRocca, who belongs to the Denver Broncos, replaced injured starter T.J. Rubley with 1:29 remaining and engineered the winning 75-yard drive.

LaRocca, working with no timeouts, was 3-of-4 for 65 yards in the drive that was capped by his pass to Foster which tied the game 20-20.

Manfred Burgsmueller’s extra point gave the Rhein Fire (4-2) the win in front of 39,182 _ the largest crowd in the WLAF since the league restarted play in 1995.

Ralf Kleinmann’s 41-yard field goal with less than two minutes left in the game gave the Galaxy a 20-14 lead.

Rubley was knocked out of the game by a hard tackle. He threw two first-half TD passes, one to Bill Schroeder for 42 yards and another for 13 yards to German national Babak Movalsaghi.

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