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Kansas City Chiefs
The Madden Classic Grand Final between Michael “Skimbo” Skimbo and Justin “LilMan” Barone was a Kansas City Chiefs vs. Kansas City Chiefs showdown. The Chiefs are loaded with offensive skill players, from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill to perhaps the most athletic tight end in the league in Travis Kelce. So, it makes sense that the two competitors duking it out in the finals used Kansas City. In fact, the Chiefs were the most-used team across the entire tournament. There's a reason the Chiefs are 11-2 heading into Week 14, and apparently the secret's out.
The other teams that were used most by Madden Classic competitors were the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, and Los Angeles Rams. All high-flying offenses overflowing with talent. It's almost like these professional Madden competitors know what they're doing.
LilMan shows off on Day 1.
The Madden Classic's runner-up, LilMan, posted 154 aggregate points for in his three Group Stage games on Day 1 of the tournament. He dropped scores of 51, 54, and 48 points in those three matches, planting his flag as a true contender early on. Even though LilMan was defeated in the Grand Final by Skimbo, he still took home $15,000 and earned himself a coveted seat in this season's upcoming Madden Bowl.
Jay “Jaybird” Partridge upsets Shay “Young Kiv” Kivlen in Round of 64.
On Day 2 of the Madden Classic, competitors who advanced faced off in several hard-fought single-elimination matchups. In the Round of 64, Jaybird had a leg up on Madden 18's reigning Madden Bowl champ, Young Kiv. Facing a three-point deficit with five seconds to play in regulation, Young Kiv set up for what would have been a game-tying field goal try, which would have sent the competitors into overtime. Instead, Jaybird managed to block Young Kiv's kick, thus knocking out one of the tournament favorites. Jaybird fell in the next round, but it must have been satisfying for him to take down the Madden 18 champion.
🚨 INSANE UPSET ALERT 🚨@young_kiv's FG to tie with 5 seconds in regulation gets blocked by @JaybirdMadden, Kiv goes home, Jaybird moves on #MaddenClassic— Madden League Ops (@MaddenLeagueOps) December 7, 2018
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Skimbo vs. Drini “Drini” Gjoka.
In what may have been the most anticipated matchup of Day 3 (besides the Grand Final), two of the biggest names in competitive Madden went head-to-head in the quarter-finals, both vying for a seat in the Final Four. Skimbo got out to a resounding 17-0 lead in the first half, and Drini, last year's Madden Challenge champion, simply couldn't do enough to make a comeback after halftime. We'll be watching for a potential rematch scenario later this season.
— Matt Franciscovich (Follow Matt on Twitter @MattFranchise)
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