It's Official: Patrick Mahomes Breaks the Madden Curse

It's Official: Patrick Mahomes Breaks the Madden Curse

Curse: Broken!

He might be a Super Bowl Champion with the Kansas City Chiefs, but something else happened with Patrick Mahomes: He lifted the Madden curse. That's right, after nearly a decade of the Madden cover star having a rough year on the field after being put on the box of EA's game, it's officially over.

Mahomes overcame two interceptions to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 20, coming from behind to secure the victory in the second half. I guess the two interceptions were the Madden curse's way of trying to grasp for Mahomes, but the Chiefs' star ultimately overcame the setbacks and has a Super Bowl ring as he closes out his second year as a starter.

The Madden curse has been a thing for a while now. Typically, the athlete that was elected to the cover of EA's sports sim would then go on to have a bleak season immediately following their placement on the cover.

It could actually be argued that Rob Gronkowski broke the Madden curse in when the New England Patriots won the 2017 Super Bowl, the year after he was put on the cover of Madden 17. But the tight end was beset by multiple injuries the following season, which would ultimately lead to his early retirement from the Patriots.

So… there's still time for the Madden curse to strike Mahomes? Hopefully not, he's only 24 years old (the same age as me, oh no) and should have many years of football ahead of him.

The Madden curse did rear its head after claiming Rob Gronkowski though, as Tom Brady lost in the Super Bowl the following season, and then Antonio Brown and the Steelers failed to even make the playoffs the year after that. For now though, we'll bid the Madden curse a joyous farewell.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

In other news

NBA 2K21 Is Bringing MyPlayer to the WNBA

The new mode is a next-gen exclusive, however.

Both Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 Hit Next-Gen This December

Next-gen sports will arrive a little after launch.

Publishers Are Embracing Games as a Disservice

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Take-Two offered an ugly peek at the future with NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21's Unskippable Pre-Game Ads Were a Mistake, 2K Says

It doesn't sound like ads are necessarily going away, but 2K promises the issue "will be fixed in future episodes."

Need help?

FIFA 20 Best Young Players: Hidden Gems and Wonderkids With High Potential

Here’s a list of the players that have the most to gain in overall rating.

Madden 20 Face of the Franchise Tips - Teams, How to Get Drafted, and More

Here's our walkthrough for Madden 20's Face of the Franchise mode, featuring all the NFL teams, how to get drafted, and more.

All the Best Madden 20 Offensive Money Plays

Here's our guide compiling all the best Madden 20 money plays in one place, so you know which run or pass play to call whenever.

Madden 20: The Best Offensive Playbooks to Use

This is our walkthrough of the best Madden 20 offensive playbooks you can always rely on.