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New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: Madden NFL 15 Sim

Brady Madden 15We are less than 24 hours away from New England Patriots football, as the team will be squaring off against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida at 1:00pm EST. The spread for the game is very much up in the air, as some believe the Dolphins have improved from last year on both offense and defense, while others look at the Patriots as a sure top-3 team in the NFL.

This rivalry game between these two will be an awesome fight from beginning to end, and fans are just dying to know how it’ll turn out. What better way to get a glimpse into the near future than watching a full sim of the game on EA Sports‘ new addition to the ultra-realistic Madden NFL series, Madden 15.

All rosters are up to date, weather conditions are right on point, and on the toughest difficulty mode so the two teams played as close to their real-life counterparts. The results may surprise you.

From beginning to end, it was a battle. It was a low scoring affair from two above average offenses against fierce defensive opposition. In the end, the Dolphins prevailed 16-13 late in overtime to overcome their AFC East rivals to start the season off on the right foot. Tom Brady‘s protection was questionable at best, with multiple sacks and quarterback pressure headlined by Dolphins defensive-end Cameron Wake.

Darrelle Revis covered Mike Wallace well throughout the game, but Alfonzo Dennard had a tough time keeping up with Brian Hartline, who had plenty of clutch catches to keep Dolphins’ drives alive. The game stats are as follows:

Total Yards: Patriots 325 yards; Dolphins 292 yards

3rd Down Conv: Patriots 5-10 (50%); Dolphins 3-10 (30%)

Red Zone %: Patriots 3-3 (100%); Dolphins 3-3 (100%)

Possession Time: Patriots 16 minutes 28 seconds; Dolphins 12 minutes 16 seconds

From the game stats above, it looks as though the Patriots played the better game, and at times it seemed as though they were the far superior team playing. Let’s take a look at the player stats.

Tom Brady: 101.9 QBR, 24-29, 245 yards, 82% completion percentage

Ryan Tannehill: 97.0 QBR, 18-28, 198 yards, 1 TD, 64% completion percentage

Stevan Ridley: 14 attempts, 70 yards, 1 TD

Lamar Miller: 7 attempts, 41 yards

Charles Clay: 5 rec, 34 yards, 1 TD

Mike Wallace: 3 rec, 60 yards

Brian Hartline: 4 rec, 59 yards

Aaron Dobson: 5 rec, 36 yards

Danny Amendola: 5 rec, 63 yards

Rob Gronkowski: 2 rec, 30 yards

Offense seemed to be virtually (no pun intended) taken out of the game all 5 quarters of action. The Dolphins accounted for 4 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss, while the Patriots only had 2 sacks and 4 tackles for a loss. Louis Delmas and Dannell Ellerbe gave the Patriots a headache the entire game as the two defensive studs. Together they combined for 16 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks.

Special teams was also a huge aspect of this game. The stats are as follows:

Caleb Sturgis: 3-3 (100%), Longest field goal: 55 yards

Stephen Gostkowski: 2-3 (66%), Longest field goal: 32 yards

Brandon Fields: 4 punts, 193 yards, avg 48.2 yards

Ryan Allen: 3 punts, 96 yards, avg 32.0 yards

We’ll see for sure how the game truly plays out on Sunday, but this could be how things turn out if Madden 15 is right. If you’d like to see this each week as a preview for the upcoming game, let us know in the comments section below!




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