Madden 24 Super Sim Predicts a Thrilling Super Bowl LVIII
If Super Bowl LVIII is half as exciting as my Madden 24 Super Sim we are in for an unforgettable game, my recap of the overtime thriller.
Super Bowl LVIII is here, and fans are eager to see who will emerge victorious in the showdown between the Kansas City and the San Francisco 49ers. The game will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, the first time the state hosts the NFL’s biggest event.
Both teams are looking to add another Lombardi Trophy to their collection, as the Chiefs aim to repeat their 2023 title and the 49ers seek revenge for their 2020 loss.
Before the real action begins, I decided to simulate the game using EA Sports’ Madden 24, the latest instalment of the popular video game franchise. Madden has a history of predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl, with a 65% accuracy rate over the past 20 years. This is dappertux.com's third time predicting the big game, and our accuracy has been less than stellar (0/3) but it's all in good fun.
In terms of Madden's track record, in some cases, the game has been eerily accurate, such as in 2015, when it correctly predicted the final score and several key plays. The game has been completely off, such as in 2014, when it predicted a close game between the Broncos and the Seahawks, only to see Seattle dominate Denver 43–8.
So, what does Madden 24 have in store for us this year? Dapper Jr. and I ran the simulation on the game’s highest difficulty level, with updated rosters and injuries, let the AI control both teams. Here is a quarter-by-quarter summary of the wild game that was an offensive slugfest:
First Quarter Summary
The game started with a bang, as the Chiefs won the coin toss and elected to receive. On the first play from scrimmage, Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for a 15-yard gain. The duo continued to torch the 49ers’ defense, as Mahomes found Kelce again for a 25-yard completion, setting up a first-and-goal. Mahomes then capped off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Noah Gray, giving the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead.
The 49ers responded with a strong drive of their own, led by second-year quarterback Brock Purdy. Purdy showed off his arm and his legs, as he completed passes to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, and scrambled for a 15-yard run. The 49ers reached the red zone, but Purdy missed a wide-open Samuel in the end zone, wasting a golden opportunity. To make matters worse, Purdy was sacked and fumbled on the next play, and the ball was recovered by Trent McDuffie of the Chiefs.
The Chiefs wasted no time in capitalizing on the turnover, as Mahomes hit Kelce for another big gain, putting them in scoring position. However, the 49ers’ defense stiffened and stopped Mahomes on a fourth-and-inches sneak, forcing a turnover on downs.
The 49ers took over at their own 9-yard line, but could not get anything going, as they went three-and-out and punted the ball away.
The first quarter ended with the Chiefs leading 7-0.
Second Quarter Recap
The Chiefs started the second quarter with the ball at their own 43-yard line. Mahomes continued to spread the ball around, as he completed passes to Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Rashee Rice. The Chiefs reached the 49ers’ 12-yard line, but faced a fourth-and-2. They decided to go for it, but Mahomes’ pass to Hill was broken up by Jason Verrett, giving the ball back to the 49ers.
The 49ers needed a spark, and they got it from their star running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey broke free for a 47-yard run, putting the 49ers in Chiefs’ territory. Purdy then found Juan Jennings for a 28-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.
The Chiefs tried to answer back, but their drive stalled near midfield, as Mahomes was sacked by Nick Bosa. The Chiefs attempted a 57-yard field goal, but Harrison Butker’s kick was wide left, giving the 49ers good field position.
The 49ers took advantage of the missed kick, as Purdy led them down the field with completions to Samuel, Kittle, and Jennings. On a fourth-and-1 at the Chiefs’ 17-yard line, the 49ers went for it, and McCaffrey rewarded them with a spectacular run, breaking three tackles and scoring a touchdown, giving the 49ers a 14-7 lead.
The Chiefs had one last chance to score before halftime, as they got the ball back with 1:12 left. Mahomes quickly moved them into 49ers’ territory, with passes to Kelce, Hill, and Rice. With 10 seconds left, Mahomes threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Rice, tying the game at 14-14.
The first half ended with a 14-14 tie.
Third Quarter Action
The 49ers received the ball to start the third quarter, and continued their offensive momentum. Purdy completed passes to Jennings, Samuel, and Kittle, moving the chains and eating up the clock. The 49ers reached the Chiefs’ 20-yard line, but faced a third-and-10. Purdy dropped back and found McCaffrey in the flat, who made a defender miss and sprinted into the end zone, giving the 49ers a 21-14 lead.
The Chiefs needed a response, and they got one from their tight end Kelce, who broke loose for a 40-yard run on a jet sweep.
Mahomes then hit Rice for another 12-yard gain, putting them in the red zone. Mahomes then threw his third touchdown pass of the game, finding Rice again for a 15-yard score, tying the game at 21-21.
The 49ers got the ball back, but could not sustain their drive, as they faced a third-and-8 at their own 27-yard line. Purdy threw an incomplete pass to Jennings, forcing a punt.
The Chiefs took over at their own 33-yard line, with a chance to take the lead. Mahomes completed a short pass to Hill, who turned it into a 27-yard gain, as the third quarter came to an end.
The game was tied at 21-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
Fourth Quarter – A Thriller in the Making
The Chiefs got the ball back, looking to regain the lead. They got a boost from their rookie running back Isiah Pacheco, who broke free for a 27-yard run. Mahomes then connected with Kelce for a 35-yard touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 28-21 lead.
The 49ers refused to give up, as they mounted another drive, led by Purdy. Purdy completed passes to Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, putting them in the red zone. Purdy then threw his third touchdown pass of the game, finding Jennings for a 10-yard score, tying the game at 28-28.
The Chiefs had little time left, but they had Mahomes, who delivered a clutch pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling to get them within field-goal range and hit the mark for a short lived 31 -28 lead.
The 49ers had one last chance, and they made the most of it. Purdy threw a Hail Mary pass to Aiyuk, who caught it at the Chiefs’ 20-yard line and ran out of bounds with three seconds left. The 49ers then sent out Jake Moody, who nailed the field goal, sending the game into overtime.
The game was tied at 31-31 at the end of regulation.
A nail-biting Overtime
The overtime coin toss was won by the Chiefs, who elected to receive. They knew they had to score a touchdown to win the game, and they did just that. Mahomes led them down the field with precision, completing passes to Hill, Hardman, and Kelce. The Chiefs reached the 49ers’ 10-yard line, where they faced a third-and-goal.
Mahomes handed the ball off to Pacheco, who powered his way into the end zone, scoring the game-winning touchdown and giving the Chiefs their second consecutive Super Bowl title.
The final score 38-31 in favour of the Chiefs.
A Thrilling OT Kansas City Win
Madden 24 Super Sim predicted a thrilling and high-scoring Super Bowl LVIII, with the Chiefs edging out the 49ers in overtime. Mahomes was named the MVP, after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Purdy had a great game as well, throwing for three touchdowns and one fumble. McCaffrey and Kelce were the stars of the running game, each rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Rice and Jennings were the top receivers, each catching two touchdown passes.
Of course, this is just a simulation, and anything can happen in the real game. But if Madden 24 is right, we are in for a treat for Super Bowl LVIII.
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