Madden 20 Sim: Eagles Stun Dallas with Thrilling 4th-Quarter Comeback

Jesse Pantuosco
May 02, 2020 - 2:53 pm
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The NFL is back … at least in virtual form. It’s anyone’s guess when teams will actually suit up again—the rampant uncertainty surrounding COVID19 has left the sports world shrouded in a thick cloak of mystery. But in the absence of real games, football diehards can still get their gridiron fix by tuning into computer simulations on Madden 20.

Saturday’s grudge match between the Philadelphia Eagles and their NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys (hopefully you attended our 1 PM ET livestream on RADIO.COM) began as a low-wattage field-goal fest—Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein lived up to his name by booting a 58-yard beauty right down the pipe. But after a feeling-out period that lasted the better part of three quarters, the fierce combatants came together for a dramatic final period (that quarter accounted for 26 of the game’s 49 points), eventually culminating in a walk-off field goal courtesy of Eagles marksmen Jake Elliott.

Armed with a flurry of fresh faces including rookie field-stretcher Jalen Reagor (who notched six catches for 61 scoreless yards in his Philly debut) and shutdown corner Darius Slay, the new-look Eagles brought the thunder with a comeback for the ages, erasing a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit en route to a memorable, last-second victory at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

The turning point for Philadelphia came when Carson Wentz (24-of-35 passing for 301 yards and a touchdown) uncorked a deep rocket to tight end Zach Ertz, who took it to the house for a 66-yard touchdown gallop with 6:34 remaining. A 32-yard chip shot from Elliott knotted the score at 23 with 2:23 to go, setting the stage for a frenzied finish at Jerry’s World. Dak Prescott—who channeled his inner Lamar Jackson with an impressive 71 rushing yards in this one—picked a poor time to commit his first turnover, chucking a costly interception (Amari Cooper was the intended target) with 1:55 left in regulation. That handed Philly the rock at Dallas’ own 36, putting the Eagles well within Elliott’s range. The Birds shaved off a few more yards with a pair of Miles Sanders first downs before Elliott knocked home the game-winner with zeros on the clock.

The Eagles’ 26-23 triumph was engineered largely by Ertz, whose late-game theatrics resulted in a career-high 191 receiving yards. Ertz’s Dallas counterpart, Blake Jarwin, enjoyed similar success, soaking up five grabs for a team-high 69 yards in the losing effort. Ezekiel Elliott paced the Cowboys’ ground attack with 146 yards and a touchdown, accomplished on 27 backfield totes. Hyped first-rounder CeeDee Lamb got lost in the fray, failing to register a single stat in Dallas’ defeat. Jalen Hurts, who the Eagles rolled the dice on with the 53rd pick in April’s draft, served as a spectator, manning the clipboard while Wentz held court.

With the Redskins and Giants firmly in the rebuilding stages of their development, the NFC East crown should again be a two-horse race between Dallas and Philadelphia. If the season plays out anything like our Madden sim, it’s going to be a thrilling ride.

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