COFL Bowl: The Championship Game (6-10)
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The COFL Bowl is the championship game between the AFC Champion and the NFC Champion and the final game in the COFL Playoffs (which consists of 12 teams). The winner receives the COFL Madden Championship Trophy. The game is played at a neutral site. Below is a brief recap documenting the history of the game.
COFL Bowl X: Chiefs vs. Bears
Host: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Teams/Coaches: Chiefs (BigDaddy) vs. Bears (Jake Ayler)
Score: Bears 16, Chiefs 14
MVP: Jordan Howard
Recap coming soon
COFL Bowl IX: Jets vs. Redskins
Host: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Teams/Coaches: Jets (JTrain) vs. Redskins (SouthrnCal)
Score: Jets 20, Redskins 3
MVP: Josh McCown
Recap coming soon
COFL Bowl VIII: Jets vs. Vikings
Host: US Bank Stadium in Charlotte
Teams/Coaches: Jets (JTrain) vs. Vikings (Bowman)
Score: Jets 31, Vikings 6
MVP: Bilal Powell
Recap coming soon
COFL Bowl VII: Chiefs vs. Lions
Host: Levi's Stadium in San Francisco
Teams/Coaches: Chiefs (Jake) vs. Lions (JTrain)
Score: Lions 23, Chiefs 17
MVP: Matthew Stafford
After sitting helplessly through Jake Ayler's devastating 19-0 Season VI run which saw him dominate many subpar opponents, the COFL Competition Committee created a skill-based tier scheduling system so that the best players would be consistently matched up with top talent through most of the season. The powers that be were determined to make a back-to-back title attempt filled with obstacles for the reigning champ.
After Jake and the Chiefs, the favorite to win the AFC was Drob after he managed to nab the Jacksonville Jags in the draft. The Jags nasty defense combined with bruising running game had the potential to topple Kansas City, and the COFL world waited in anticipation for what looked inevitably to be a playoff collision between the two.
Over at the NFC, a draft controversy saw JT draft the Giants, but request to switch to the undrafted Lions prior to the season. The request was granted, but just a few hours later the real life Odell Beckham suffered what appeared to be a season-ending injury, and seeing as the team switch had yet to be announced publicly, many assumed the injury was the cause of the request to change teams. This caused the Eagles coach DB to go on a hunger strike, and led ultimately to major draft sanctions for both JT and Prez.
On the field, JT executed the same strategy with the Lions that he had with his previous four teams: Run the ball and play great defense. This led to another good regular season and the number two seed.
Perhaps the top story of Season VII was JMCC and the Minnesota Vikings. JMCC's game was peaking at the just the right time for him to grab the best defense in the game en route to a dominating 14-2 regular season. This set up for a great defensive battle in the NFC title game against Detroit, and it didn't disappoint. The only first half points came on a pick six by the Vikings secondary. Detroit eventually battled back to tie it at 7 late in the third, then got the ball back for a game-winning field goal. JMCC's Madden life took a rough turn not long after this tough loss. Some say it was the women. Some say it was the booze. Some say it was the Season VII NFC Championship Game.
On the AFC side, the divisional round saw one of the most surprising results in COFL Madden history. The Jags, sitting at the number one seed with fans expecting Drob to bring home his second COFL title, fell hard to Keller and his trusted Ravens squad by a dominating score of 26-0.
This led to another relatively easy route to the COFL Bowl for Jake and the Chiefs, with his toughest game being the opening round match-up against his budding rival Bigdaddy and the Chargers. He escaped 24-21.
The big game saw Jake vs. JT for the second time in COFL Bowl history (previously COFL Bowl I). JT had scouted Jake's defensive strategy and was able to complete some big passes early on to loosen things up. Down 3-0 early on, Jake would make an uncharacteristic pass that resulted in a pick six. This led to more mistakes as Alex Smith had to keep throwing to try to dig his team out of a hole, and he finished with three interceptions.
The Chiefs were able to finish a drive late in the fourth to cut it the deficit to six, but the onside kick attempt failed and the Lions knelt it out for the title. Matt Stafford finished an ultra efficient six of seven passing for 135 yards and a touchdown, and a perfect QB rating of 158.3.
COFL Bowl VI: Chiefs vs. Falcons
Host: The Superdome in New Orleans
Teams/Coaches: Chiefs (Jake Ayler) vs. Falcons (Fiddy)
Score: Chiefs 21, Falcons 14
MVP: Kareem Hunt
Some saw the writing on the wall the day of the Season VI Draft. For the first season of Madden 18, the Wheel of Destiny was pulled out and the draft order was done randomly. While always exciting, the use of the wheel leaves open the possibility that a great coach gets a high pick. In the days leading up to the draft, rumors swirled about possible collusion involving Prez, Russia and others to rig the wheel and give the feared coach Jake Ayler the last pick. However, it appears nothing sketchy went down and the wheel proceeded in a fair and balanced manner.
Coach Ayler ended up with the 21st pick much to the relief of all, but there was cause for concern elsewhere, as one-time champion Fiddy got the first pick, and subsequently selected the dangerous Atlanta Falcons.
Reigning champ JT reluctantly entered the draft after Prez apparently reneged on a statement that the Season V champ could keep his team if he wanted. An internal investigation was launched, but the email servers had been deleted and investigators could not find the aforementioned promise in writing. It ended up not mattering though, as JT lucked into the 8th spot where his champion Broncos sat available.
As the draft unfolded, viewers cringed as bad pick after bad pick was made. As Jake's pick neared, his perfect team sat undrafted as the competition sweated, hoping someone else would grab them just before he could. But the boner picks continued and there sat the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving Ayler with the easiest decision of his career.
Due to the true-to-life scheduling policy in place at the time, Jake was also blessed with a less than stellar slate of opponents (this circumstance would lead to the tiered system being implemented starting in Season VII). He tore through one opponent after another, with only a small handful of difficult challenges, on his way to the first ever 16-0 season.
Entering the playoffs, the storyline was clear: Atlanta was the odds-on favorite on the NFC side, while the Chiefs would likely meet JT and the Broncos to decide the AFC. Although Jake had beaten JT twice in the regular season, they were good games and JT was known for his playoff performances.
Throwing a curveball (or rolling a hook) at this whole scenario was none other than Jake's good friend Nasty Nate, who pulled out the game of his life in the opening round to defeat Denver 25-18 and send the Broncos packing early. (Nate would return to his usual ways the next game, falling flat on his face against Bigdaddy and the two seed Steelers.) This left Jake with a JT-less route to the big game. The Falcons and Chiefs would enter COFL Bowl VI having ousted their playoff opponents by a combined score of 136-45.
The title game looked like a potential classic against two juggernauts, but the Falcons' surprising inability to contain the running game, along with a critical Matt Ryan red zone interception near the end of the first half let the Chiefs build a commanding 14-0 lead that the Falcons just couldn't overcome. Kareem Hunt finished with 229 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns to help the Chiefs cap off the most dominant season in COFL history.