Less than a week after his thrashing of Mike Vick in a Madden NFL 20 charity tournament, Derwin James has even more to gloat about. The Los Angeles Chargers safety took home the inaugural Checkdown Madden NFL Championship on Thursday night after beating Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill 52-3 in the finals.

How They Got There

The tournament got started on Wednesday night with eight NFL stars facing off for a spot in the Semifinals. Opening night saw James take out his Chargers teammate Keenan Allen while his eventual finals opponent took out Tyrann Mathieu.

In the semifinals, it was James going over Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, 50-27; Hill took down Cleveland Browns corner Denzel Ward, 41-21.

While it seemed as though fans who tuned in to Madden’s official Twitch channel would’ve gotten a good game in the finals, James made sure that didn’t happen. Striking early and often, James put the championship out of reach early as he built a 31-0 first-half lead over Hill.

It was coasting from there as James racked up three more touchdowns in the second half while Hill avoided the embarrassing shutout with a third-quarter field goal.

For those shocked or surprised by James’ success on the virtual field, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey summed everything up as best he could after it was all said and done.


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