For its latest trick, this week Madden made no attempt whatsoever to acknowledge reality. This makes sense, I suppose, because it’s a video game. But it could have at least played along for a little bit, making us think the predicted events could actually happen. We need to believe.

A few examples of the forthcoming lunacy:

  • Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen had a 63-yard catch and run for a touchdown. What’s wrong with that? He’s scored only once since Week 10, he’s averaging just 22.2 yards per game, and his longest catch of the year was a 30 yarder.
  • Deon Butler — the Seahawks’ fifth receiver (maybe) — had only six catches during the regular season for a total of 51 yards. So of course he had a 65-yard touchdown reception when the Seahawks were senselessly passing with three zeros on the clock in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta out of timeouts.
  • Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes had only the second interception of his career, and his first pick six. Also in that game, Stevan Ridley had a 40-yard score, missing his season-high run by one yard.

So what we’ve learned from Madden this week is this: if you’re the prop betting type, and you’ve landed in a dark corner of the Internet where there’s a wager involving Deon Butler, throw down at least four paychecks. Also, take the over in the 49ers-Packers and Patriots-Texans games.

There it is, kids, your Seahawks upset. Tell me again how many playoff games Matt Ryan has won, and what exactly that means. To review: the final scores were Broncos over Ravens 13-7, 49ers over Packers 23-6, Seahawks over Falcons 14-3, and Texans over Patriots 24-10.

And now on to the numbers. Lots of numbers, and as always while you’re perusing the virtual production below, keep in mind that we use nine-minute quarters.

Ravens @ Broncos

Total offense: BAL 157, DEN 237
Rushing yards: BAL 70, DEN 33
Passing yards: BAL 87, DEN 204
First downs: BAL 11, DEN 9

Comparables

Passing
DEN – Peyton Manning:  17/20, 212 YARDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
BAL – Joe Flacco: 10/16, 95 YARDS, 1 TD, 2 INT’S

Rushing
BAL – Ray Rice: 21 carries for 59 yards
DEN -Knowshon Moreno – 12 carries for 29 yards
BAL – Bernard Pierce – 3 carries for 10 yards
DEN – Ronnie Hillman – 1 carry for 2 yards
BAL – Torry SmithL 1 carry for 1 yard

Receiving:
DEN – Joel Dreessen: 4 receptions for 73 yards, 1 TD
DEN – Demaryius Thomas: 3 receptions for 58 yards
DEN – Eric Decker: 6 Receptions for 51 yards
BAL – Eric Dickson: 4 receptions for 37 yards
DEN – Brandon Stokely – 2 Receptions 34 yards
BAL – Jacoby Jones: 2 receptions for 21 yards
BAL – Ray Rice: 2 receptions for 19 yards
BAL – Bernard Pierce – 1 reception for 10 yards
BAL – Vonta Leach – 1 reception for 8 yards

Ogletree of the game: Peyton Manning

Packers @ 49ers

Total offense: GB 182, SF 249
Rushing yards: GB 14, SF 134
Passing yards: GB 168, SF, 115
First downs: GB 7, SF 8

Comparables

Passing:
GB – Aaron Rodgers: 14/22, 188 YARDS, 2 INT’S
SF – Colin Kaepernick: 9/15, 115 YARDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing:
SF – Frank Gore: 20 carries for 117 yards, 1 TD
SF – LaMichael James: 4 carries for 13 yards
GB – Aaron Rodgers: 1 carry for 9 yards
GB – Alex Green: 10 carries for 8 yards
SF – Colin Kaepernick: 1 carry for 4 yards

Receiving:
GB – James Jones: 7 receptions for 82 yards
SF – Michael Crabtree: 2 receptions for 40 yards, 1 TD
GB – Jordy Nelson: 2 receptions for  38 yards
SF – Vernon Davis : 2 receptions for  31 yards
GB – Randall Cobb: 2 receptions for 26 yards
SF – A.J. Jenkins: 3 receptions for 24 yards
GB – Greg Jennings: 1 receptions for 23 yards
SF – Frank Gore – 1 receptions for 14 yards
GB – Alex Green – 1 reception for 10 yards
GB – Jermichael Finley – 1 reception for 9 yards
SF – Bill Miller – 1 reception for 6 yards

Ogletree of the game: Frank Gore

Seahawks @ Falcons

Total offense: SEA 248, ATL 81
Rushing yards: SEA 96, ATL 46
Passing yards: SEA 152, ATL 35
First downs: SEA 9, ATL 2

Comparables

Passing:
SEA – Russell Wilson: 8/13, 178 YARDS, 2 TD’S, 1 INT
ATL – Matt Ryan: 8/12, 43 YARDS

Rushing:
SEA – Marshawn Lynch: 22 carries for 52 yards
ATL – Michael Turner – 14 carries for 46 yards
SEA – Russell Wilson – 2 carries for 28 yards
SEA – Robert Turbin – 3 carries for 16 yards

Receiving:
SEA – Deon Butler: 1 reception for 63 yards, 1 TD
SEA – Golden Tate: 2 receptions for 36 YARDS, 1 TD
ATL – Julio JOnes: 2 receptions for 25 yards
SEA – Sidney Rice – 2 receptions for 21 yards
SEA – Robert Turbin – 1 receptions for 21 yards
SEA – Doug Baldwin – 1 receptions for 19 yards
SEA – Zach Miller – 1 receptions for 18 yards
ATL – Roddy White – 1 receptions for 8 yards
ATL – Michael Turner – 2 receptions for 7 yards
ATL – Hugh Douglas – 1 reception for 4 yards

Ogletree of the game: Russell Wilson

Texans @ Patriots

Total Offense: HOU 164, NE 187
Rushing yards: HOU 65, NE 105
Passing yards: HOU 99, NE 82
First downs: HOU 10, NE 8

Comparables

Passing:
HOU – Matt Schaub: 13/24, 108 YARDS, 2 INT’S
NE – Tom Brady:- 9/14, 98 YARDS, 1 TD

RUSHING:
NE – Stevan Ridley: 21 carries for 104 yards, 1 TD
HOU – Arian Foster: 13 carries for 49 yards, 1 TD
HOU – Ben Tate: 3 carries for 12 yards
HOU – Matt Schaub: 1 carry for 4 yards

RECEIVING:
NE – Brandon Lloyd: 3 receptions for 42 yards, 1 TD
HOU – Andre Johnson: 3 receptions for 35 yards
NE – Aaron Hernandez: 3 receptions for 28 yards
HOU – Owen Daniels: 2 receptions for 19 yards
HOU – Keshawn Martin: 2 receptions for 19 yards
HOU – Arian Foster: 5 receptions for 18 yards
HOU – Kevin Walter: 1 receptions for 17 yards
NE – Daniel Fells: 2 receptions for 15 yards
NE – Mathew Slater – 1 reception for 13 yards

Ogletree of the game: Tom Brady