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Madden Simulation: Chiefs have get-right game against the Bengals

In Week 17, Kansas City hosts Cincinnati.


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

You can tell the Kansas City Chiefs were not happy about their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders right away in the EA Universe. On the first drive for the Cincinnati Bengals, Nick Bolton and Mike Danna each recorded a sack on Jake Browning. Those back-to-back plays forced the Bengals to punt.

It didn’t take the Chiefs long to score, as Travis Kelce caught the touchdown pass on the drive’s fourth play.

Chris Jones looked to sack Browning for the third time — but he got the throw off in time. Bengals receiver Tee Higgins broke a tackle and ran 59 yards to get deep into Chiefs territory. Joe Mixon would run into the end zone one yard out to tie the game.

The Chiefs scored a touchdown with under two minutes to go in the quarter. A Justin Watson 28-yard catch and run set up the Chiefs nicely in Bengals territory. Five plays later, Richie James scored the touchdown.

End of the first quarter: Chiefs 14, Bengals 7

Second quarter

After the Bengals punted for the third time in the game, Justin Watson helped put the Chiefs up by two scores. At this point in the game, three different Chiefs players had caught a touchdown pass from Mahomes.

The Bengals went back to the ground, and Joe Mixon broke off for a 65-yard touchdown run. The run put Mixon over the 100-yard mark, and we aren’t even close to halftime yet.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down with a lower-body injury, so La’Mical Perine played for the Chiefs. Pacheco was ruled out before game time due to concussion protocol, and Jerick McKinnon is still on the injured reserve. Before half,, James caught his second touchdown pass from Mahomes.

End of the second quarter: Chiefs 31, Bengals 14

Third quarter

It seemed like a typical drive for the Chiefs, who marched down the field with ease. There was a long third-down conversion from Travis Kelce, but the drive stalled inside the 5-yard line. Perine tried to score on third-and-goal, but the Bengals defense stopped him for a four-yard loss. Harrison Butker would nail his second field goal of the game.

End of the third quarter: Chiefs 34, Bengals 14

Fourth quarter

The game continued to swing towards the Chiefs' way, as Perine punched it in the end zone for another touchdown to go up almost four scores. Edwards-Helaire came back during the quarter to help run the game out for the Chiefs for a much-needed get-right game.

James poured more salt into the Bengals’ wounds as he scored his third touchdown of the game to put it even more out of reach.

Final score: Chiefs 48, Bengals 14

Notable stats

Patrick Mahomes 42/47, 476 yards, 5 TD

Jake Browning 19/32, 181 yards

Clyde Edwards-Helaire 15 att, 98 yards, 3 rec, 21 yards

La’Mical Perine 9 att, 24 yards, 1 TD

Joe Mixon 8 att, 113 yards, 2 TD, 5 rec, 22 yards

Rashee Rice 9 rec, 143 yards

Travis Kelce 9 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD

Richie James 9 rec, 93 yards, 3 TD

Justin Watson 8 rec, 99 yards, 1 TD

Tee Higgins 5 rec, 96 yards

Logan Wilson 23 total, 9 solo,1 TFL

Nick Bolton 8 total, 4 solo, 1 TFL, 1 sack

Drue Tranquill 7 total, 4 solo

Mike Danna 2 total, 1 solo, 1.5 sack

Chris Jones 2 total, 2 assists, 1 sack

Tershawn Wharton 1 sack

Willie Gay 5 total, 3 solo, 1 sack

In Week 18, the Chiefs are on the road, closing out the regular season at SoFi Stadium, taking on the Los Angeles Chargers. Before that, we will see how the game is played out inside the EA Universe.

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