Madden simulation for Bengals vs Rams in Super Bowl LVI

Leigh Oleszczak
Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The time has come — It’s Super Bowl LVI pitting the lovable Cincinnati Bengals against the big, bad Los Angeles Rams. WynnBET has the Rams as 4-point favorites and the stripes are used to being the underdogs at this point.

So far, Madden has done a bad job predicting what happens in the playoffs. They incorrectly projected both the divisional round in Tennessee and the AFC title game in Kansas City. Will the video game get the Super Bowl result correctly?

Note — The stats below are only key stats from the game. If a player isn’t listed, it doesn’t mean they had zero catches or zero tackles.

Madden Simulation – Bengals 27, Rams 17

Bengals Stats

  • Joe Burrow – 20-of-28, 297 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 6 carries, 67 yards; Sacked 5 times
  • Joe Mixon – 16 carries, 89 yards, TD; 3 rec, 26 yards
  • Tee Higgins – 9 rec, 128 yards, TD
  • Tyler Boyd – 5 rec, 57 yards, TD
  • Logan Wilson – 12 tackles
  • Trey Hendrickson – 2.5 sacks
  • Sam Hubbard – 0.5 sack
  • Eli Apple – INT
  • Mike Hilton – INT
  • Vonn Bell – INT
  • Evan McPherson – 3/3 XP, 2/2 FG (Long of 52)

Rams Stats

  • Matthew Stafford – 30-of-47, 306 yards, TD, 3 INT; Sacked 3 times (Lost fumble)
  • Cam Akers – 17 carries, 106 yards, TD; 3 rec, 23 yards
  • Cooper Kupp – 11 rec, 165 yards
  • Odell Beckham Jr. – 3 rec, 34 yards, TD
  • Eric Weddle – 9 tackles
  • Aaron Donald – 2.5 sacks
  • Von Miller – Sack
  • Leonard Floyd – Sack
  • Greg Gaines – 0.5 sack
  • Jalen Ramsey – INT
  • Travin Howard – INT
  • Matt Gay – 2/2 XP, 1/1 FG (Long of 38)

This one ends up being pretty low-scoring and the first score of the game doesn’t come until midway through the second quarter when Burrow connects with Higgins for a 34-yard touchdown to put the good guys up 7-0.

After Stafford throws a terrible interception, the Bengals are set up in a goal-to-go scenario where Mixon runs it in three plays later. Just like that, it’s 14-0 Cincinnati with three minutes to go until halftime.

The Rams chew up the rest of the clock but only manage to tack on a field goal by Gay, making it a 14-3 Bengals lead at the half.

After Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar do their thing at the halftime show, Los Angeles gets the ball back to start the second half and Stafford closes the gap with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Beckham. This ends up being Stafford’s only touchdown pass of the game but it makes the game more respectable at 14-10 favoring the Bengals.

Burrow throws a pick on the next drive and it’s a costly one, as Ramsey runs it back deep into Bengals territory. From there, Akers punches the ball in and Los Angeles takes the lead for the first time in Super Bowl LVI with a 17-14 advantage midway through the third quarter.

That’ll be it for the Rams when it comes to putting up points. Cincinnati scores on their next drive with a Burrow 6-yard touchdown pass to Boyd, putting the good guys in front with a 21-17 lead.

Stafford throws a pick on the next drive and while the Bengals can’t get into the end zone, McPherson gives them a cushier lead with a 52-yard field goal, making it 24-17 just seconds into the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI.

The two teams trade punts and Stafford starts to lead the Rams down the field with a chance to tie the game late in regulation. Unfortunately for him, he gets picked off for the third time and Hilton returns it to midfield. At this point, there are roughly five minutes remaining in the game so the Bengals start to run the ball and chew up the clock.

The drive stalls but McPherson adds three points to the Bengals’ score, making it 27-17 with a little over two minutes to go to determine who will be crowned the victor of Super Bowl LVI.

Stafford and the Rams have one last chance to try and make a game of it but they don’t have any timeouts aside from the two-minute warning. Los Angeles makes it into Bengals territory knowing they have to put points on the board and Stafford is ultimately sacked and fumbles the football. Hubbard pounces on it and that’s ball game, folks.

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This would be a really great result so hopefully, Madden gets it right this time around.