Anyone who has played Madden knows 'Engage Eight' is a go-to play to stop the run.
And it turns out it also does the trick on the biggest stage.
The Tennessee Titans stunned the Baltimore Ravens, stopping the running game of Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson to reach the AFC Championship game via a 28-12 win.
Whilst Jackson rushed for over 100 yards, he largely relied on impromptu plays to do so, with Ingram rushing for just 22 yards on six attempts.
And Titans star defensive back Logan Ryan revealed how they drew inspiration from Madden to pack the box and force Jackson to throw the ball early on in order to take control of the game.
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“We wanted to give (Jackson) loaded boxes all night to get him out of the run game," Ryan said, per Bleacher Report’s Ty Dunne .
"We were either playing with a loaded box and man to man and make him beat us throwing the ball outside mano-a-mano, or we were going to play a zone defense, a quarters defense similar to what Buffalo did, and Buffalo played them well.
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"Buffalo just didn’t score a lot of points on offense.
“We had eight-, nine-man boxes all night. You play Madden and run Engage Eight all day, it’s hard to run the ball. We pretty much did that and we got a lead.
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"And once we got a lead, they had to go to the pass game and that’s our strength with the (defensive backs) we have and having the ball skills we have. When we get a lead, we can get some interceptions.”
The Titans are now just one game away from the Super Bowl, with the winners of the Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans awaiting them in the AFC Championship game.
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