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.
George Freakin’ Kittle 😱😱😱pic.twitter.com/y7ywfKYM2L— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) December 8, 2019
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.