After a slow 1-3 start, our Madden 20 simulation has now accurately predicted five of the last six games, bringing our overall total to 6-4 heading into Super Bowl LIV.
We took a broad look at things with Kevin’s 10-game Super Bowl simulation, so now let’s take one last in-depth look at our final Madden Super Bowl LIV simulation.
The original text of this simulation test report is By Josh Houtz
- Time: 15 Minutes, Accelerated Clock
- Difficulty: All-Madden
- Gameplay: Simulation
Super Bowl LIV
As we will all see tonight, there are very few stadiums in the NFL as glorious as Hard Rock. Chiefs may be the most popular in Las Vegas, but from a record point of view, they are weak and will have the opportunity to carry out a coin flip. Kansas City won the game and chose to postpone it until the second half.
Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers offense would start the game with a quick three and out. The Chiefs would do the same, as both teams were feeling one another out early on in the first quarter. It was the 49ers’ next drive where things began to pick up.
After a few successful runs from Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert, Jimmy G would hit George Kittle down the seam for a significant 33-yard gain. A few plays later, Garoppolo would once again find his target, connecting with Deebo Samuel for a deep 42-yard strike down the sideline for the first touchdown of the game.
The 49ers go up 7-0.
- San Francisco’s defense would continue to stifle the Chiefs and force Patrick Mahomes to go three and out.
- The 49ers would have another fruitful drive late in the first quarter but would have to settle for a field goal after a big pass deflection from Tyrann Mathieu.
- Still, the 49ers push the lead to 10.
If the first quarter was all San Francisco, then the second would be all Kansas City. After a significant return on the ensuing kickoff, the Chiefs began to do what they do and move the ball at will.
Damien Williams got involved on the ground, carrying the ball five times for 38 yards on this drive. The big play, however, came on a crucial 3rd and 7. Patrick Mahomes moved to his left, eluded the inside pressure from Chris Jones, moved back to the right, and then threw a dime across his body to Tyreek Hill in the end zone for six.
The Chiefs close the gap as now the Niners are only up 10-7.
On the very next 49ers possession, Tevin Coleman coughed up the football. A few plays later the Chiefs found themselves once again in a critical third-down predicament. Fortunately for the 49ers, they were able to make the stop and force the field goal.
We’re all tied up at 10 with just under 6 minutes to go in the second quarter.
San Francisco desperately needed to get something going before the half. Virtual Kyle Shanahan devised a perfect game plan, which relied heavily on the speed of his wide receivers and the big, powerful tight end in the middle of the field. The 49ers were able to move the ball down the field and cap off an eight-play drive with a George Kittle 8-yard TD grab right before the half.
Unlike the 49ers, Kansas City had struggled to establish a run game. That changed on this possession as they relied heavily on Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy. On a 2nd and 5 from their 49-yard line, McCoy broke off a big run off tackle for a 35-yard gain. A few plays later, Patrick Mahomes found Damien Williams in the flats for an easy touchdown.
The Chiefs were back in front now, the score 24-20.
The clock was quickly starting to wind down, so if Garoppolo and the 49ers wanted to prove to the world they belonged, the time was now.
Much like we saw earlier in the game, the 49ers orchestrated a calculated drive. Utilizing both the pass and the run game, San Francisco took the ball downfield rather quickly. Maybe, even too fast. With 2:15 seconds left in the game, Jimmy G connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a deep curl route, giving the 49ers a three-point lead late in the 4th quarter.
After an HB screen to Damien Williams, the Chiefs were in 49ers territory with under a minute to go. Two plays later, Mahomes would once again find Tyreek Hill, this time wide open down the left sideline. Touchdown Chiefs!
So the Chiefs would go up 31-27 with just about no time left on the clock.
Jimmy G was in a nearly impossible situation, so Kansas City’s defense hunkered down and forced him to throw into double coverage to seal the game.
Final Score: 31-27 Chiefs
Super Bowl MVP: Tyreek Hill – 7 receptions, 148 yards, 2 TDs
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