Our Madden simulation of last year’s Super Bowl was shockingly accurate, so we simulated this year’s matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
The results were…well…unexpected.
Madden 18 has Super Bowl LII being a surprisingly low-scoring affair that comes down to the final drive. Knowing how the Patriots seem to make things interesting in every Super Bowl they play in, the game coming down to the final drive isn’t farfetched. However, what happened on the final drive and the second half as a whole was strange to say the least.
Before we get to that, let’s check out the stats…
Tom Brady was his usual GOAT self for most of the game, but he made two crucial mistakes with interceptions while trying to force passes into the end zone.
Meanwhile, Nick Foles was mistake-free and extremely efficient throughout the contest. He didn’t put up monster numbers, but he was the perfect game manager and was tough for the New England defense to stop.
Jay Ajayi’s first rush went for 40 yards, so the Eagles’ running game was established early.
The Patriots on the other hand couldn’t get anything going on the ground. The usually shifty Dion Lewis was a non-factor, putting the game squarely on Brady’s shoulders.
The Brady-to-Gronk connection was pure magic from start to finish with Gronk racking up the yardage, but unfortunately it didn’t result in any touchdowns.
On the Patriots’ opening drive, Brady heaved one deep for Brandin Cooks who made his presence felt early with a 76-yard TD.
As for Philly, Zach Ertz was the primary target for Nick Foles. However, it was running back Jay Ajayi with the only touchdown of the day for the Eagles. Ajayi and Cooks scored the only touchdowns of the game.
The Patriots defense didn’t have much to write home about other than a couple sacks. Foles and the Eagles offense were excellent at minimizing mistakes.
The same could not be said for New England. Brady’s two costly and uncharacteristic interceptions to Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod (not pictured above) were the difference maker.
I think I speak for everybody when I say I sure hope the real Super Bowl isn’t a kicking contest, but that’s pretty much what this simulation was. Jake Elliott was money for the Eagles, drilling all three of his attempts.
Stephen Gostkowski only got one 19-yard opportunity, which he drilled.
Final Score: Eagles 17, Patriots 10.
Tom Brady and the Patriots had a chance to tie the game on the final drive, getting the ball with 2:37 left to play. Brady led the Pats down the field in typical Brady fashion, but was ineffective in the red zone and couldn’t tie the game up before time expired.
Believe me, I shook my head at these results knowing that they’re extremely “unrealistic”. But that’s sort of how last year’s simulation made me feel, and that one predicted we’d have the first-ever overtime in the Super Bowl and almost nailed the exact final score… so all I’ll say is don’t rule anything out.