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Madden 21 Simulation: Week 17 Games, Playoffs, Super Bowl, End of Season Awards & more

As we head to the last week of the regular season in the NFL, there is one question on everyone's mind. Who will make it to the playoffs?

We decided to use Madden 21 to simulate this and see what the game predicts.

So who does Madden 21 think will take it all this year?

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Week 17

Dolphins (11-5) 17 - 7 Bills (12-4)

The Dolphins came up with the upset in the final week to stop the Bills trying to get the #2 seed. This was enough for the Dolphins to secure #5 spot ahead of the Ravens.

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It wasn't a high scoring game, but the Dolphins defense did enough to hold Josh Allen to a no-score game with the Dolphins superior run game being the difference.

Saints (12-4) 35 - 28 Panthers (5-11)

The Saints secure #2 seed with a win against division rivals playing for pride.

UPSETS: All the games are divisional matches, which is always fun
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UPSETS: All the games are divisional matches, which is always fun

Drew Brees has a very efficient day, throwing three TDs and no INTs in only 20 completions. Alvin Kamara has a 113-yard day running the ball to get the W.

Jags (2-13) 19 - 17 Colts (10-6)

The Jags give up the 1st overall pick in a surprise win that fans may actually be annoyed about. At the same time, the loss costs the Colts a playoff appearance and handing the Titans the #4 seed on a tiebreaker.

Jags fans won't be thanking Gardner Minshew for his standout performance.


Titans (10-6) 21 - 28 Texans (5-11)

Another upset with AFC South teams. The Titans scrape the #4 seed on a tiebreaker despite the loss and the Texans give up a hefty amount of spots in the draft. But as the Dolphins have their pick, their fanbase will be OK with this.

The Texans defense held Derrick Henry to only 51 yards and then Deshaun Watson did the rest on offense.

Packers (13-3) 28 - 21 Bears (8-8)

The Packers lock up the #1 seed in the NFC with the win and get a well-deserved bye week. The Bears finish 8-8 and just outside of the playoffs.

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Aaron Jones was unstoppable with 15 carries for 156 yards and two TDs.

Ravens (11-5) 51 - 20 Bengals (4-11-1)

The Ravens end the season with a great record but can't edge the Steelers, so finish with the #6 seed. The Bengals add another loss to the season and are in the mix for a top draft pick.

Lamar Jackson and Willie Snead team up for three TDs as a duo that schools the Bengals defense.


Steelers (13-3) 30 - 24 Browns (10-6)

Despite the close Steelers win, both teams make the playoffs. The Steelers come away with the #2 seed thanks to the victory though. The Browns scrape in past the Colts on a tiebreaker to get #7 seed.

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Plenty of turnovers with both QBs handing the ball to the opposition's secondary, but a pair of Vance McDonald TDs make the difference.

Vikings (6-10) 24 - 28 Lions (6-10)

The Lions edge the Vikings in a game with no playoff implications, both teams finished 6-10 and will have question marks over their QBs and the plans going forward.

Dalvin Cook has 118 yards and a TD but Stafford is Golladay has the same through the air and they edge it.

Chargers (6-10) 21 - 49 Chiefs (15-1)

The #1 seed already locked up doesn't stop the Chiefs from destroying the Chargers. Chargers fizzle out and look to next season as an improving team.


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Mahomes does Mahomes things with four TDs. But then Le'Veon Bell also has three on the ground.

Jets (2-14) 10 - 28 Patriots (7-9)

The Jets get the #1 pick back after the Jags unlikely win. The Patriots end the season with a losing record and look forward to questions about their QB. Hello Trevor Lawrence.

Stephon Gilmore helps out a struggling Cam Newton and returns one to the house.

Cowboys (6-10) 10 - 17 Giants (6-10)

Don't let the records fool you. This was a massive win for the Giants and enough to move them to #4 seed in the NFC by winning the NFC East. Three teams with the same record but the Giants win the tiebreakers.

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The QBs match each other distinctly average play, but defense wins championships, and a Julian Love pick marks the gap between the teams.


Football Team (6-10) 17 - 24 Eagles (5-10-1)

The Football Team fans are gutted here. A win would have taken the division and the playoffs, but it wasn't to be. The Eagles can't even get in but they get the win to spite their rivals.

Steven Sims has a breakout day with 6 catches for 120 yards and a TD but it's not enough to get the W.

Falcons (4-12) 28 - 35 Buccs (11-5)

As much as they try, the Falcons can't upset their rivals. They go away with a top 5 pick for their troubles. The Buccs could have rested players as the #5 seed was locked but that doesn't matter here.

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Ryan throws two TDs but also two INTs. Antoine Winfield and Shaquil Barrett gratefully take the game bonus and the takeaways.

Raiders (7-9) 35 - 38 Broncos (6-10)

The Broncos edged the Raiders in a thrilling game that unfortunately means very little apart from a few draft places.

Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs both have monster days, but then so does Jerry Jeudy and Melvin Gordon. Defenses stayed at home in this nothing game.


Cardinals (9-7) 14 - 13 Rams (9-7)

These NFC West foes come close in a brawl, but it's actually enough to see them both through. The Cardinals win gives them the #6 seed, whilst the Rams take the #7 seed.

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Both teams disappoint, particularly Kyler Murray with zero TDs and a pick. A pair of Eno Benjamin TDs on the goal line is enough.

Seahawks (12-4) 31 - 7 49ers (6-10)

It's too much for two 49ers upsets in a row and they lose to the eventual #3 seed Seahawks.

The Seahawks running backs have a day. Carson with 101 yards and Penny with 44, both scoring TDs.

DECIDED: Playoffs are set from the wk17 simulation
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DECIDED: Playoffs are set from the wk17 simulation

Top 10 Draft Order for 2021


The final draft order of the top 10 picks;

1 - Jets

2 - Jags

3 - Falcons

4 - Bengals

5 - Dolphins (from Texans)

6 - Panthers

7 - Eagles

8 - Cowboys


9 - Football Team

10 - Lions


TWO-TIME: Mahomes gets it again
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TWO-TIME: Mahomes gets it again

The headline awards are done and dusted and these were the key winners:


MVP - Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Coach of the Year- Andy Reid, Chiefs

AFC OPOY - Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

AFC DPOY - Zack Cunningham, Texans

AFC OROY - Justin Herbert, Chargers

AFC DROY - Patrick Queen, Ravens

NFC OPOY - Kyler Murray, Cardinals

NFC DPOY - Devin White, Buccaneers

NFC OROY - Antonio Gibson, Football Team

NFC DROY - Jeremy Chinn, Panthers


Super Bowl LIV Winner

The Cleveland Browns!

The fans are dreaming in Believeland. They have waited decades to even get to the playoffs and despite creeping in at #7 seed they do enough to go all the way, beating the #1, #2, and #4 AFC seeds along the way.

DREAM BIG: Anything can happen in the NFL, even this!
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DREAM BIG: Anything can happen in the NFL, even this!

They beat the Packers 38-23 in a thriller in Tampa Bay. Baker Mayfield has nearly a perfect game, and the Browns defense picks off Rodgers three times.

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