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Madden Simulation: Cardinals take on San Francisco

Through two weeks, Madden has selected the opposing team as the winner, does that all change this week?

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It has been a struggled finding a system that works in Madden. In week one, I used All-Pro with 15 minute quarters back in week one, and it worked out well. This time however it initially started out with 1500 combined offensive yards and a score of 68-60. Obviously unrealistic.

I went ahead and took Chris Rainey, Jonathan Dwyer, and John Abraham out of the roster. Added Parmele and placed him at number two.

So I went through several different scenarios, five minute quarters, 10 minute quarters, accel clock, no accel clock. It was not until I went back to last years Madden Simulations that I found a system that... Semi worked. So without further ado, let's see who won shall we?

New System:

8 Minute Quarters


10 second Accel Clock

22-16 San Francisco

The Cardinals came out with another loss in their Madden season despite out gaining the 49ers in nearly every category.

San Francisco Arizona
Offensive Yards 303 363
Rush Yards 158 102
Pass Yards 145 261
First Downs 14 19
Punt Return Yards 14 11
Kick Return Yards 28 28
Total Yards 343 402
Tunovers 0 3
3rd Down Conversion 6/19 8/19

You look at those stats and you figure, that must have been a close game, and Arizona had to have won right? The three turnovers were costly. Every time Arizona went into the redzone, or was having a good drive, Stanton threw it up into coverage and the 49ers took advantage of it.

Drew Stanton accounted for all of the teams passing yards. He went 26/53 for 261 yards, a score, and three interceptions. Logan Thomas threw one ball, but it was on a fake field goal and gained nothing.

On the ground, Andre Ellington receiver 19 carries for 79 yards. Drew Stanton ran the ball five times for 19 yards. He actually broke off a nice 20 yard run, that was negated by a holding call. Jalen Parmele only carried once for four yards.

On the flip side, the number three ranked rush defense could not stop anyone. Gore and Kaepernick accounted for all but 20 of the teams rush yards

Michael Floyd after being quite last week, nearly topped 100 yards. He ended the night with five catches for 93 yards. On the other side, Larry Fitzgerald continued his streak of good games against San Francisco, catching seven passes for 123 yards and a score. John Brown had 22 yards and five catches. Jaron Brown and Andre Ellington rounded on the receivers with 15 and eight yards respectively.

Boldin was the 49ers leading receiver with 70 yards and 5 catches. Michael Crabtree was finally shut down against the Cardinals, with only four catches for 34 yards.

The team only allowed two sacks, compared to the 49ers three.

Larry Foote picked up two sacks, including the play which injured Kapernick, and lead them team with 12 tackles.

Chandler Catanzaro was 3/4 on his field goal attempts, hitting a long of 45, but missing from 42 earlier in the game. Catanzaro had four kickoffs, with three going for a touchback.

Phil Dawson went 5/7 with a long of 44, but missing from 25 and 32. He kicked off seven times, and six of them went for touchbacks.

Drew Butler finally did not have a block, and had a 34.8 punt average, compared to Andy Lee's 39.8 punt average.

The Cardinals have proven Madden wrong for two straight weeks. Can they continue that trend or will the 49ers prove Madden right?