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Madden Simulation: Tyreek Hill returns to KC for Wild Card weekend

It’s the NFL playoffs in the EA Universe.


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 cold weather and wind played a significant role in the first quarter. The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins both punted on their first drives. During the Chiefs’ second drive, the offense jelled. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was targeted four times and caught all four passes. The fourth was on a 3-yard bubble route for the game’s first touchdown.

The Dolphins’ defense noticed quarterback Patrick Mahomes was heavily targeting Valdes-Scantling as linebacker David Long Jr. undercut a slant pass intended for Valdes-Scantling and intercepted Mahomes. The Dolphins couldn’t do anything with the turnover as they were forced a three-and-out for a third consecutive drive.

Right before the end of the quarter, Long Jr. would intercept Mahomes for a second time — but this time the Dolphins are finally in Chiefs territory.

End of the first quarter: Chiefs 7, Dolphins 0

Second quarter

The Chiefs’ defense had been all over the Dolphins' offense since the start of the game. Even with exceptional field position, the Dolphins could not secure a first down and had to settle for a Jason Sanders field goal.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa converted his first completion for 27 yards to Jaylen Waddle after his seventh throwing attempt. On that drive, Tagovailoa connected with Tyreek Hill for 26 yards and then tight end Tucker Kroft 11 yards out for a touchdown.

The Chiefs were looking to score before the two-minute warning, as Long Jr. intercepted Mahomes for a third time in the endzone.

End of the second quarter: Chiefs 10, Dolphins 10

Third quarter

Coming out of the half, the Dolphins turned to the ground game with Raheem Mostert. After rushing for back-to-back first downs and an important roughing-the-passer call on Nick Bolton, the Dolphins crossed midfield rather quickly. Tagovailoa’s accuracy was the problem after crossing the 50. A wide-open De’Von Achane in the end zone was overthrown, as the Dolphins settled for a field goal to give them the first lead of the game.

Following a Chiefs punt, the Dolphins had a two-play drive in which Jaylen Waddle scored a 62-yard touchdown. The Chiefs would answer back with another touchdown to Valdes-Scantling.

End of the third quarter: Dolphins 20, Chiefs 17

Fourth quarter

The Dolphins finished the previous quarter with the football and continued to try to bleed the clock with Mostert. They capped off a 14-play drive with a Durham Smythe touchdown to go back up by two scores.

Chiefs would once again answer back with a touchdown of their own. The drive ended with Travis Kelce catching the touchdown pass, but the 38-yard catch-and-run from Kadarius Toney set the Chiefs nicely in Dolphins territory.

After the Chiefs forced the Dolphins to punt, Kansas City held the ball to the two-minute warning as Harrison Butker tied the game at 27 a piece.

The Chiefs’ defense forced a three-and-out to the Dolphins' offense as they gave the ball back to the Chiefs near midfield with a minute left in the game.

Running back Isaiah Pacheco ran the football with a handful of seconds left to put the Chiefs in incredible field goal-kicking territory, and Butker kicked the game-winning field goal to see the Chiefs advance.

Final Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 27

Notable stats

Patrick Mahomes 40/61, 398 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT, 1 att 9 yards

Tua Tagovailoa 15/33, 211 yards, 3 TD, 3 att, 7 yards

Raheem Mostert 20 att 100 yards

Isiah Pacheco 13 att, 110 yards

Marquez Valdes-Scantling 15 rec, 112 yards, 2 TD

Travis Kelce 7 rec, 89 yards, 1 TD

Kadarius Toney 7 rec, 117 yards

Rashee Rice 6 rec, 48 yards

Tyreek Hill 3 rec, 44 yards

Durham Smythe 7 rec, 51 yards, 1 TD

Jaylen Waddle 3 rec, 99 yards, 1 TD

David Long Jr. 9 total, 4 solo, 3 INT

Chris Jones 3 total, 2 solo, 1.5 sack

Justin Reid 9 total, 4 solo

Trent McDuffie 9 total, 3 solo

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