We’re just hours away from Super Bowl LVIII and anticipation for this big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas is reaching historic levels. Patrick Mahomes’ team is looking to win its third title in the last five years, while the 49ers plan to get revenge on KC for their Super Bowl LIV loss and look to win the franchise’s first championship since 1994.
As we sit here waiting for this game to kick off, let’s get our football fix by diving into the virtual world in the form of CBS Sports’ annual Super Bowl simulation Madden NFL 24. If you have followed us in recent years, you know that you should not sleep on these simulations. Over the last three Super Bowls,choose the chiefs, rams and buccaneers once the dust settles.
This summer, we also carried out and. Although some oddities didn’t pan out (the Panthers make the playoffs?!?), this simulation yielded several oddly correct results. This included the Packers upsetting the Cowboys in the playoffs, the Eagles being unique in the playoffs, and the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl.
However, this is where this simulation and this latest – and I would say official – Super Bowl simulation differ. While Kansas City lifted the Lombardi Trophy at the end of that first simulation of the full year, in this new simulation the San Francisco 49ers won it all in a 10-6 grudge game in Las Vegas.
The Niners got the ball back to start the game and drove down the field until Brock Purdy connected with Brandon Aiyuk for an 18-yard touchdown, which ultimately proved to be the only time we saw the Either of these offenses will enter the end zone. in this match.
For Kansas City, the offense was tough against this 49ers defense throughout the game. Even as the Chiefs entered the red zone on their first possession, the Niners took over to force a Harrison Butker field goal to make it a 7-3 game. Fred Warner nearly picked off Mahomes in the end zone on second down.
Then, Dre Greenlaw knocked back a pass short of the goal line to force the field goal attempt.
Those two drives ate up the majority of time in the first half, but San Francisco had enough time to run a two-minute drill before halftime to set up a 38-yard field goal by Jake Moody to make it 10 – 3 leads before half-time.
Coming out of the third quarter, the Chiefs took possession and, for a moment, looked like they were going to turn a corner and finish this game at 10 apiece. They quickly moved down the field toward 49ers territory, but eventually saw the drive break, leading to a 49-yard field goal but Butker. With it now a 10-6 game, Kansas City desperately needed a stop from their defense and it looked like they were going to get a quick three-and-out as the 49ers faced a third-and-10 situation. It was then, however, that Purdy made one of his most memorable throws of the night, connecting with George Kittle for a 30-yard gain.
This reception helped San Francisco bleed the clock until the end of the quarter. To start the fourth, a missed 57-yard field goal attempt by Jake Moody kept the Niners only four points ahead. The Chiefs were unable to capitalize on this mistake as they scored three points on their next possession. The next drive by San Francisco forced Andy Reid to burn all his timeouts, but his defense was able to get a stop and get the ball back with a chance to win it.
With 1:43 left in regulation, no timeouts and just four points behind, Mahomes and the Cheifs offense got the ball back at their 23-yard line with a chance to clinch the title with a touchdown. While we’ve seen Mahomes dazzle in this setting time and time again, this wasn’t one of those situations. Chase Young, who was acquired by the 49ers at the deadline this season, had a monumental sack to set up third-and-20 and run the clock.
On the next play, Mahomes launched a deep shot down the right sideline that was taken by former Chiefs teammate and current 49ers corner Charvarius Ward, which iced San Francisco’s victory and led Ward to winning the Super Bowl MVP title.
After a Purdy kneel, the San Francisco 49ers were able to win Super Bowl LVIII, 10-6.
Of course, to see how this game actually plays out, be sure to tune in on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET for the Super Bowl LVIII preview, which will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+.