Madden 12 simulation predicts the Cowboys will crush the 49ers, 31-16

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After scoring three first half touchdowns, the Cowboys cruise to an easy victory over the 49ers…at least according to Madden. The popular video game, Madden 12, gives us a look a what might happen in tomorrow’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers in a simulation.

First, the set up of the game itself. All of the rosters were updated through Madden Online and we used the real-life final injury reports from both teams. Any players listed as probable or questionable were played. Any player listed as  doubtful or out were benched. Also, the quarter length was set to 10 minutes. (When simmed at 15 mins., the stats we’re blow way out of proportion)

See the team stats, the player stats, the scoring summary, and hear my take on it, after the break.

Total offense
Dallas – 280 yards
San Fran – 298 yards

Total passing offense
Dallas – 209 yards
San Fran – 174 yards

Total rushing offense
Dallas – 71 yards
San Fran – 124 yards

First downs
Dallas – 10
San Fran – 15

Turnovers
Dallas – 3
San Fran – 4

3rd Down Conversions
Dallas – 5-9 (55%)
San Fran – 4-14 (28%)

Defense
Dallas records 2 sacks, 3 INT, 1 Fumble
San Fran records 0 sacks , 2 INT, 1 Fumble

Scoring summary

1st Quarter –  Romo hits Bennett for a 3 yard passing TD. (7-0, DAL)

2nd Quarter  – Romo hits Austin for a 10yard passing TD. (14-0, DAL)
Romo hits Austin for a 3 yard passing TD. (21-0, DAL)

3rd Quarter – Ball recovers a fumble for a TD. (28-0, DAL)
Akers hits a 14 yard FG. (28-3, DAL)
Akers hits a 41 yard FG. (28-6, DAL)

4th Quarter -  Smith runs in  a 4 yard TD. (28-13, DAL)
Akers hits a 36 yard FG. (28-16, DAL)
Bailey hits a 36 yard FG. (31-16, DAL)

Player Stats

Dallas:
QB Romo 15-23, 209 yards, 3TDs, 2INTs
RB – Jones 16 carries, 60 yards
WR – Austin 3 recs, 22 yards, 2TDs
WR – Bryant 3 recs, 74 yards
WR – Witten 2 recs, 23 yards
WR – Olgetree 3 recs, 37 yards
WR – Bennett  2 recs, 7 yards, 1TD

San Fran:
QB Smith 18-31, 182 yards, 3INTs, 1 Rushing TD
RB – Gore 21 carries, 66 yards
WR – Davis 5 recs, 43 yards
WR – Crabtree 4 recs, 39 yards
WR- Edwards 3 recs, 61 yards
My take:
I’m sure that Tony Romo will have more than 209 passing yards tomorrow. I’m also sure that Alex Smith will have more than 182 passing yards too. With the Cowboy’s banged up secondary, the 49ers should try to air it out. That’s probably their best chance to win.

Look for Romo to come out strong again. This time I think he sustains his production and limits his mistakes. He’s looking for a little revenge after last week’s debacle, and the 49ers just happen to be next up. Big game for Romo here.

I’m still not sold on Felix Jones. He fooled me in the first game after a stellar preseason. I’m not so eager to let him do it to me again. He has a lot to prove. Unfortunately, I do think the simulation got  his yardage  amount just about right.

And will all-world linebacker Patrick Willis actually keep Jason Witten in check? The simulation seems to think so. We’ll see. As the old saying goes: “Nothing beats the real thing.” And that real thing is tomorrow afternoon!

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Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Game Preview, Madden 12, San Francisco 49ers

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