What if I told you that the Los Angeles Rams should not start Jared Goff at quarterback in Super Bowl LIII? What if I told you there is a better option? An option that currently plays a different position. An option already on their team.
Some regard Aaron Donald as the best player in the NFL. On defense, he is a game changer. One has to wonder, would he be that impactful on offense?
Let’s find out.
I will run a full simulation of Super Bowl LIII in Madden 19. One simulation to rule them all. All I am going to do is change Aaron Donald’s position from DT to QB. I will not alter any stats or attributes.
Now starting at quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, from Pittsburgh, Aaron Donald.
Nothing remarkable happened in the first quarter. A few drives that led to nowhere. More punts than you would expect. However, near the end of the quarter the Patriots began to drive. We ended the quarter with the Patriots on the goal line, the Rams were able to take down Sony Michel in the backfield to set up Third and Goal.
Tom Brady was able to connect with Chris Hogan for the first score of the game. The Rams fought back and were able to set up their own score on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Donald to Todd Gurley. The Patriots then responded with a 39 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal to put them up 10-7 at the half.
The Pats started with the ball. After a long drive Sony Michel scored on a 3-yard run. The Rams immediately responded, Todd Gurley wasn’t going to let another Georgia Bulldog outshine him. He cut through the defense and scampered down the sideline for a 63-yard score of his own. We head into the 4th quarter with he Patriots up 17-14.
This is what we came to see. Can Aaron Donald lead the Rams back from a deficit? Will he be the first Los Angeles-St. Louis-Los Angeles quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory since Kurt Warner?
The Rams made it appear that way at the start of the 4th quarter. Donald linked up with Josh Reynolds for a 6-yard TD on a slant route. The Rams grabbed their first lead of the day 21-17. The Patriots came back with a clock-killing drive, capped off by another Sony Michel goal-line TD. 24-21 Pats. Then, against all odds, Aaron Donald drove the Rams down the field. As time expired, Greg Zuerlein kicked another clutch playoff field goal. From 51-yards out he sent it through the uprights – we are going to overtime.
I don’t really know how to make this exciting. I left the simulation on and stepped away for a minute. I don’t know what happened but the Rams won in OT on a 34-yard field goal. 27-24.
What did we learn?
There are a few things we can takeaway from this experiment. Option 1 – The Rams are a solid squad. Even with a DT at QB they were able to beat the Patriots in this entirely accurate simulation. Option 2 – Aaron Donald is the real deal at QB, he is ready to take down Belichick & Brady.
If I were a gambling man, I would bet the house on the Rams.