The New York Giants face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, so let’s run the game through our “state of the art” simulator to determine the results.
Last week’s Madden sim incorrectly predicted a Giants victory over the Bears, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep testing its accuracy. If the simulation fails this week, that could be good news for Giants fans.
The game started painfully slow for both squads, as Daniel Jones and Nick Mullens failed to complete a drive in the first quarter. Instead, they traded field goals until the Giants led 6-3.
The Giants lead didn’t hold long, with Kendrick Bourne hauling in a long touchdown reception for the 49ers. Another pass over the middle pushed the 49ers lead to 17-6 at halftime. The game appeared quite ugly for the Giants, with Jerick McKinnon pushing to the score to 24-9 midway through the third quarter.
Daniel Jones almost mustered the Giants back into the game after he connected with Devonta Freeman for a long touchdown reception. A defensive stop set up a heroic comeback attempt for Jones, but the Giants hopes would soon be squashed. On a painful third and goal, Jones’ turnover woes continued with a pick by Kwon Alexander.
The final score in this simulation was 24-16 in favor of the 49ers, but the Giants surprisingly out gained the Niners 419 yards to 341.
While new Giants running back Devonta Freeman likely won’t have a large role in his first game with the Giants, Madden predicted a huge performance of 181 yards from scrimmage and a score.
The Madden sim sits at 1-1 on the year, we’ll find out Sunday how its prediction will turn out.