The Chicago Bears and New England Patriots won their respective divisions and took home the overall number one seeds in the playoffs according to the Madden NFL 13 Season Simulation, powered by EA SPORTS Arena. The Patriots followed up last year’s Super Bowl appearance with a dominant season, securing a 12-4 record on the arm of NFL MVP Tom Brady. Brady delighted fantasy football owners everywhere by tossing a record-tying 50 touchdown passes against only 8 interceptions.
The Bears matched the Patriots’ record, also going 12-4 to win a tightly contested NFC North. Chicago needed every win they could muster, as the Green Bay Packers also ended the season at 12-4, but with the Bears holding an edge in the tiebreakers the Packers were relegated to the 5th seed in the playoffs.
The two surprise playoff teams in the AFC were the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) and Buffalo Bills (10-6), both ending long playoff droughts. The Chiefs were a particular shock, winning the AFC West with a record of 11-5 and earning Romeo Crennel Coach of the Year Honors.
The NFC experienced near total upheaval, with new champions in three of four divisions. The Atlanta Falcons (11-5) and Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) joined the Bears as new divisional winners, while only the San Francisco 49ers (11-5) were able to repeat amidst weak competition in the NFC West. In bombshell news, last year’s Super Bowl champion New York Giants didn’t even reach the postseason, finishing a disappointing 8-8.
Though the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts (4-12) had a tough season, fans were able to take solace in the fact that rookie quarterback and number one overall draft pick Andrew Luck took home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Luck managed to outduel fellow highly-touted rookie Robert Griffin III, finishing the season with 4,170 yards, 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. On the defensive side of things, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw was able to step into an already intimidating unit and cause enough havoc to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Other award winners include Detroit Lions wide receiver and Madden NFL 13 cover athlete Calvin Johnson, Jr. as Offensive Player of the Year (97 receptions for 1,572 yards and 16 touchdowns), and DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys as Defensive Player of the Year (18 sacks).
NFL 2012 Season Awards (as simulated by Madden NFL 13):
- NFL MVP – Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Offensive Player of the Year – Calvin Johnson, Jr., Detroit Lions
- Defensive Player of the Year – DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
- Offensive Rookie of the Year – Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
- Defensive Rookie of the Year – Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens
- Coach of the Year – Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs
Top Ten Offensive Performers
|Calvin Johnson, Jr.||DET||97||1572||16|
Top Defensive Performers
|2012 NFL Playoff Seeding|
||1. Chicago Bears (12-4)|
||2. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)|
||3. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)|
||4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)|
||5. Green Bay Packers (12-4)|
||6. New Orleans Saints (10-6)|