Sometimes, Madden simulations can be spot-on. Other times, they don't turn out to be anything remotely close to what actually happens on the football field.
Patriots fans will hope for the latter on Sunday.
We simulated the much-anticipated Patriots-Chiefs matchup on "Madden 20," and the results weren't exactly kind to New England. The simulation predicts the Pats offense's struggles will continue in the first quarter, but it'll turn a corner in quarters 2 through 4.
Unfortunately, the Patriots' usually-stingy defense didn't fare as well vs. the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs offense.
Here's how it all went down:
Patrick Mahomes was nearly perfect in this one as he lit up the Patriots secondary all game long. The 2018 NFL MVP tossed four touchdowns (three in the first quarter) to keep this one out of reach for Tom Brady and the Pats offense.
The beginning of this game was disastrous for Brady as he tossed two interceptions in the first quarter alone, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller. Other than the abysmal start, though, the 42-year-old QB did his part by completing 32 of 46 pass attempts for 413 yards and three TDs. The third INT came as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Neither team had much luck on the ground in this game. Chiefs running back Damien Williams was the only remotely effective player out of the backfield, carrying the ball 17 times for 71 yards.
Patriots RB Sony Michel had a miserable game with 12 carries for a mere 26 yards.
NOTE: The simulation was done before Williams was ruled out with a rib injury.
The one bright spot in this game for the Patriots was the performance of their wide receivers. The Tom Brady-Mohamed Sanu connection was strong, as Sanu reeled in eight catches for 117 yards and a TD. Rookie wideout N'Keal Harry caught the second TD of his NFL career, and tight end Matt LaCosse added a score of his own.
On the Chiefs side, there was no stopping star TE Travis Kelce. He caught two of Mahomes' four TDs and tallied eight catches for 97 yards. Receivers Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson found the end zone as well.
This was by far the worst game of the season for the Patriots' vaunted defense, which only forced one turnover in the simulation. The pass rush was virtually non-existent as linebacker Kyle Van Noy was the only Pats player to notch a sack on Mahomes.
It was a different story for the Chiefs D as Kendall Fuller, Morris Claiborne and Damien Wilson each picked off Tom Brady. Kansas City also sacked Brady four times.
- K Harrison Butker 24-yard FG (3-0 KC)
- QB Patrick Mahomes 13-yard TD pass to TE Travis Kelce (10-0 KC)
- QB Patrick Mahomes 1-yard TD pass to WR Tyreek Hill (17-0 KC)
- CB Kendall Fuller interception return for TD (24-0 KC)
- QB Tom Brady 6-yard TD pass to WR N'Keal Harry (24-7 KC)
- QB Tom Brady 1-yard TD pass to WR Mohamed Sanu (24-14 KC)
- QB Patrick Mahomes 2-yard TD pass to TE Travis Kelce (31-14 KC)
- QB Patrick Mahomes 58-yard TD pass to WR Demarcus Robinson (38-14 KC)
- K Nick Folk 18-yard FG (38-17 KC)
- QB Tom Brady 8-yard TD pass to TE Matt LaCosse (38-24)
- K Harrison Butker 22-yard FG (41-24)
FINAL SCORE: Chiefs 41, Patriots 24
Kickoff for the real thing is set for 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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