• MADDEN 17 SIMULATION - SEAHAWKS VS. SAINTS


This week's Madden simulation followed a very related arc as New Orleans's Oct. 16 win over Carolina: jump out of your gates rapid and climate the storm late.

The Saints piled on 21 inside the second quarter alone and withstood a Seattle comeback just extended enough to allow Wil Lutz to boot a game-winning 45-yard field purpose at the gun to safe a 27-24 win.

The Saints scored all three of their touchdowns within the quarter, which includes two Drew Brees-to-Brandin Cooks connections and a 6-yard Mark Ingram rushing touchdown. Brees tossed 175 of his 415 total yards within the quarter when Cooks accumulated 45 of his 105.

The busy second quarter place New Orleans ahead 21-13 at the half, from which point the game shifted to a defensive struggle. Neither team found the finish zone for the first 26 minutes in the half, instead settling for back-and-forth field goals for the majority in the half.

Seattle ultimately broke the dry spell when Russell Wilson discovered Jermain Kearse from 14-yards out for the score to tie points up a 24 apiece with 2:11 to play. That left just adequate time for Brees and business to piece with each other a 5-play drive and bleed the clock down for the final kick.