The final match is set for our Windy City Gridiron-Pride of Detroit Madden Tournament. #3 Seed Patti Curl will take on #1 seed Robert Schmitz for the title. See the links at the bottom of this article to watch the replays of the semifinals matches.
In our first semifinal match, #2 seed Jack R Salo (Seahawks) took on #3 seed Patti Curl (Bears), and we got a taste of how difficult it is to work against the Bears defense. On the opening drive, Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks down to the Bears 19 yard line, but settled for a field goal. It was all Chicago Bears from there. On Patti’s first drive of the game, David Montgomery found holes all over the field, capping the drive off with a 6-yard touchdown run, making the score 7-3.
On the Seahawks next drive, Russell Wilson threw into double-coverage and was picked off by Buster Scrine, who ran it back to the Seahawks 12 yard line. Trubisky wasted no time making the Seahawks pay for this one, throwing quick touchdown strike to Trey Burton.
Russell Wilson would continue to make mistakes in this game, throwing two more picks in this first half to Kyle Fuller, both of which lead to Bears touchdowns. It was at this point I realized I had no hope against this Bears defense, and conceded defeat with the score 33-3.
On the other side of the bracket, #4 seed Steven Schweickert (Falcons) took on #1 seed Robert Schmitz (Eagles), and this matchup was much closer. After the Eagles struggled to get anything going on their opening drive, the Falcons took over and executed a very nice drive, working their way to the Eagles 30 before settling for a beautiful 47-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo.
On the next Eagles possession, Carson Wentz took a chance on a short pass into single coverage, but Isaiah Oliver of the Falcons timed the undercut perfectly and picked it off. Despite starting with great field position, the Falcons struggled to punch it into the endzone. After taking a sack on 3rd and goal, they settled for another field goal, making the score 6-0.
The Eagles punted again after a short possession, and the Falcons had a chance to make this a two-score game. However, Matt Ryan threw a quick interception to Nigel Bradham, and the Eagles had their own opportunity to take advantage in this game. On 2nd and goal, however, Carson Wentz threw a pass over his receivers head, and right into the hands of Falcons defender Demontae Kazee. In the endzone, the Falcons let this be a touchback and took over at their own 20.
They would settle for clock management at this point, to try to take this lead into halftime. With runs by Devonta Freeman to bring them to the 44 yard line, they attempted one deep pass to Julio Jones which was broken up. They punted to the Eagles with 39 seconds left in the first half, and the Eagles took advantage, with Carson Wentz throwing a deep pass to Alshon Jeffrey and then taking off on his own for a 19 yard scramble. After another short completion to help out their kicker, they let Jake Elliott pooch through a 31 yarder as the first half clock expired with the score 6-3 in favor of the Falcons.
In the second half, the Eagles found their legs. The Falcons punted after a quick possession, and the Eagles took over. Carson Wentz converted a 4th and 3 to Nelson Agholor, but a few plays later threw his second interception of the game, this one to Keanu Neal of the Falcons. After the Eagles got the ball back deep in their own territory, Jordan Howard took a handoff at his own 21 yard line all the way to the house, a 79 yard touchdown run to give his team a 10-6 lead.
The Falcons went backwards on their next drive, taking a sack and punting the ball away. The Eagles wasted no time capitalizing on this, and Carson Wentz threw a touchdown to Zach Ertz to bring the score to 17-6, which would be the final for this matchup.
Patti Curl will take on Robert Schmitz for the finals today 6/28/20 at 12:00 Central Time. Follow https://www.twitch.tv/sjs_illini to watch the matchup LIVE, and leave a comment here with who you think will win.
For viewing the semifinal matches:
Patti Curl vs Jack R Salo: https://www.twitch.tv/salotomylilfren
Steven Schweickert vs Robert Schmitz: