In Bleacher Report’s Madden 20 G.O.A.T simulation tournament, featuring all 32 NFL clubs with roster built with their greatest players of all time, the Rams have moved through the NFC West and now find themselves pitted against the New York Giants. The teams are set to play Wednesday afternoon over on Bleacher Report’s twitch stream.
The Rams had to fight through the Seahawks in the first round before facing the 49ers in the second. They prevailed in a close game over San Francisco by a score of 14-7.
This Rams defensive front is unfair #BRGOATSim pic.twitter.com/d8lvfzDlj8— br_betting (@br_betting) April 3, 2020
In that game, starting quarterback Kurt Warner completed 17-of-19 passes for 186 yards and a paid of touchdown passes. Eric Dickerson, who split time in the backfield with Marshall Faulk, led the Rams in rushing with 26 yards on just two carries. Faulk led the team in attempts with five but managed only 23 rushing yards.
The offense was led by it’s dynamic receiving core that includes Isaac Bruce, Tory Holt, and Henry Ellard. Bruce recorded team-highs of six catches and 67 receiving yards. Ellard and Holt both caught four passes for 65 and 30 yards, respectively, while Holt hauled in one of Warner’s two scores. Thomas Fears, a receiver who starred with the Rams during the late 40’s and 50’s, caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Warner, as well.
The Niners’ starting quarterback Joe Montana also completed 17-of-19 passes for 197 yards and a single touchdown throw. His leading receivers were Jerry Rice and George Kittle, both of whom caught exactly four passes for 66 yards. Terrell Owens caught the lone pass from Montana for a score as he finished with just three catches for 21 yards.
The Rams defensive front absolutely smothered the run game of the 49ers, allowing only 18 rushing yards from Frank Gore on 10 attempts. Roger Craig also managed only 15 yards on three carries. With a defensive line that includes guys like Aaron Donald, Deacon Jones, and Jack Youngblood, it easy to see why the Niners’ struggled to get anything going on the ground.
Chiefs and Rams punch their tickets to the next round of #BRGOATSim— br_betting (@br_betting) April 3, 2020
- 136 yards for Gonzalez and LT
- 144 yards for Faulk/Holt/TO/Rice
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The New York Giants All-Time team includes more modern day players in their starting lineup compared to the Rams with the likes of Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, and Odell Beckham Jr. leading the offense but it’s the legends of the past who make-up the defensive side of the ball. The Giants feature a front seven that includes Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Sam Huff.
If the Rams come out victorious against the Giants, they will face-off against the winner of Packers/Panthers for a chance at the title. On the other side of the bracket, the Patriots, Chiefs, Titans and Steelers are all still alive and fighting for the opposite spot in the championship game.