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Madden Simulation: It’s Chiefsmas Day against the Raiders

It’s the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Las Vegas Raiders.


If you want to watch the simulation without spoilers, start the above video — or if you can't see it, click here.

Here's what happened in our simulation:

First quarter

The rain falling at Arrowhead did not faze the Las Vegas Raiders on their first drive. A 10-play drive in which the Raiders rushed Josh Jacobs seven times resulted in a 3-yard touchdown.

The Raiders were looking to drain as much clock as possible in the quarter once the Kansas City Chiefs were forced to punt on their first drive. On the ninth play of the following drive, Aidan O'Connell was intercepted by L'Jarius Sneed.

End of the first quarter: Raiders 7, Chiefs 0

Second quarter

After the Chiefs' defense forced the turnover last quarter, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce made it a point to score. Kelce caught two passes for 43 yards, with the drive ending with an 11-yard catch by Rashee Rice for the touchdown.

The Chiefs' defense bailed out the offense once again, forcing a three-and-out after Mahomes was stripped and sacked by Maxx Crosby.

Kelce continued his great quarter as he climbed over the 100-yard receiving mark and helped move the ball down the field for a scoring drive. This time, running back Isiah Pacheco scored a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Chiefs the first lead of the game.

End of the second quarter: Chiefs 17, Raiders 7

Third quarter

The Chiefs would take the opening-half kickoff and march downfield, eliminating seven minutes off the clock. Jerick McKinnon walked into the end zone two yards out for the score.

Mahomes' throw of the year happened with five minutes to go in the quarter. The quarterback threw a laser off his back foot to Richie James 42 yards through the air in the end zone. This would put the Chiefs up by four possessions.

End of the third quarter: Chiefs 31, Raiders 7

Fourth quarter

There was a costly turnover inside the red zone for the Raiders as O'Connell attempted to rush for the first down. Three Chiefs defenders were there to force the ball out.

Kansas City's offense would only be on the field for two plays, as an 87-yard catch and run touchdown by Justin Watson put the final nail in the coffin for the Raiders.

The only bright spot of the game for the Raiders since their opening drive was two fourth-down conversions to Hunter Renfrow, with one being a touchdown.

Final score: Chiefs 45, Raiders 14

Notable stats

Patrick Mahomes 30/35, 467 yards, 4 TD

Aiden O'Connell 26/40, 265 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Josh Jacobs 23 att, 78 yards, 1 TD

Isiah Pacheco 16 att, 83 yards, 1 TD

Travis Kelce 8 rec, 164 yards

Justin Watson 7 rec, 144 yards, 2 TD

Richie James 6 rec, 91 yards, 1 TD

Jakobi Meyers 8 rec, 91 yards

Michale Mayer 7 rec, 71 yards

Nick Bolton 12 total, 7 solo

Trent McDuffie 10 total, 5 solo, 1 TFL

L’Jarius Sneed 7 total, 4 solo, 1 TFL, 1 INT

Willie Gay 9 total, 3 solo, 1 TFL

Maxx Crosby, 4 total, 2 solo, 1.5 sack

In Week 17, the Chiefs return home at Arrowhead, taking on the Cincinnati Bengals. Until then, we will see how the game is played inside the EA Universe.

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