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49ers blown out by Saints 24-10 in one Madden 20 video game simulation

49ers blown out by Saints 24-10 in one Madden 20 video game simulation

Come Week 10 of the upcoming NFL season, we're all in for a treat. When the 49ers face the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will be a rematch of one of the best games in all of football last season. 

EA Sports' Madden 20 doesn't like the chances of the 49ers going into the Big Easy and beating the Saints for the second straight season, though. In this simulation by The Checkdown, the 49ers fall, 24-10, to the Saints on the road. The loss drops the reigning NFC champions to 5-5 in this simulated season. 

Saints star quarterback Drew Brees throws two touchdown passes in the simulation, and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo falters in the final minute down 17-10 by throwing a pick-6 to cornerback Patrick Robinson. 

There is some good news. Rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk catches a short touchdown passes to end the first half and give the 49ers a 10-7 lead. Aiyuk's emergence in Year 1 will be huge for Garoppolo and the entire 49ers offense. 

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In the end, a 14-point loss and dropping to 5-5 after 10 games is far from ideal. The 49ers will need to start fast to compete in the stacked NFC once again, and they clearly aren't doing so in this simulation.

Garoppolo, in the real world, had perhaps his best performance last season when the 49ers faced the Saints on the road in Week 14. He led San Francisco to a last-second, 48-46 win by passing for 349 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. 

That game also gave us this from George Kittle.

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The 49ers and Saints are seen as two of the best teams in the NFC. This game can have serious ramifications on the playoffs. Luckily for the 49ers, a simulated season from a video game means absolutely nothing.

Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Seven-time Pro Bowl selection Trent Williams had a lengthy feud with his former team in Washington for how they handled treatment of what ended up being a cancerous growth on Williams’ head. He refused to report to the team in training camp and demanded a trade in March before eventually finding his way to the 49ers in a deal made on the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Williams now says the 49ers always were high on his list of potential trade destinations, as he was made aware during the season that longtime Niners left tackle Joe Staley might be hanging up his cleats after the 2019 season.

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“I knew there was a possibility, but it was just kinda on the back burner until that situation kind of played out,” Williams told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “I kinda just kept close tabs on it, because obviously that was my No. 1 destination.

“That’s where I wanted to be, so once it started to play out and the rumblings started to grow that he might not return, that’s when all the focus started to shift back to the 49ers."

Staley announced his retirement on Day 3 of the draft, with the Niners acquiring Williams for a pair of draft picks from Washington just hours later.

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Williams easily can slide in and take Staley’s spot at left tackle, with young right tackle Mike McGlinchey now entering his third season in the NFL on the other side.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo likely had some concern about losing Staley’s leadership and expertise at the tackle spot, but the Niners might have gotten him an even better left tackle if Williams can return to his previous form.

Jed York explains 49ers donating $1M to social change organizations

Jed York explains 49ers donating $1M to social change organizations

As protests happen all over the world stemming from the police murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

Two days later, York explained his decision to do so in an interview with the NFL Network's Jim Trotter on Monday morning.

"Any time you see heinous acts, you have to be able to call them out," York said. "But in terms of the pledge, I think it's very important that actions and words need to go together if you're going to facilitate change in America, and that's what we wanted to do." 

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement. Kaepernick was a member of the 49ers in 2016 when he first took a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game to protest social and racial injustices, including with the police.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season. 

"We started some social justice work and using that term when Colin started his protest," York said. "I think we'd always been working in this area but it was clear to label it social justice. ... I think the piece that we missed in 2016, and it's a fairly simple piece, I don't know if anybody actually addressed what the issue was, and we're trying to fight racism in this country.

"I think that's what we need to clearly call out, and you can't defeat something if you can't admit that's actually what you're fighting." 

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York believes Kaepernick "ignited the athlete's voice" by his peaceful protest, despite the fact that the 49ers told Kaepernick he would have been cut if he didn't opt out of his contract and he hasn't received a contract offer from another team since his one season of kneeling.

"We need to continue work that Colin drew attention to four years ago in 2016, and we need to continue to let our players, first and foremost, know they have a voice to be able to speak out," York said. "But we have to help them effectuate that change and get to a place where we have a better America."

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