Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are the Madden NFL 22 cover stars

EA Sports has revealed the Madden NFL 22 cover, which stars Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.


The Madden cover reveal has become a yearly ritual for both EA Sports and fans of the football franchise. Typically featuring one of the most dominant or popular athletes of the latest season, speculating over the next Madden cover is a tradition among sports fans. EA Sports has given us our first look at the next game, revealing Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes as the Madden NFL 22 cover stars.

EA Sports revealed the Madden NFL 22 Cover on NFL Network on June 17, 2021. The cover sees Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes sitting beside Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady. In the lead up to the cover reveal, EA Sports teased fans by using an image of a goat and a baby goat in their marketing, which tipped a lot of fans off as to who would be on the cover. Tom Brady is often referred to as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time), while Patrick Mahomes is on track to make an argument for that title by the time his career is over and done with.

EA Sports also revealed a brand new trailer for Madden NFL 22. The trailer doesn’t give much away about changes or updates in the game, but we do see the latest roster of players going toe-to-toe on the field. That includes Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and number 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

The cover revealed is from the MVP Edition of Madden NFL 22. The Standard Edition of the game will feature different artwork, but will still star Brady and Mahomes. This reveal comes just several months after Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes met in Super Bowl 55, in which the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9.

Madden NFL 22 will release on August 21, 2021, and is available for pre-order now.

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    June 17, 2021 7:40 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are the Madden NFL 22 cover stars

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      June 17, 2021 6:40 AM

      Madden 22

      Anyone excited for the reveal in 20 minutes? Not sure why, but I am interested in seeing the game. I watched the reveals the last 5 years and haven't bought the game in longer than that. They would really need to revamp franchise mode for me to get it.

      Apparently the cover image has been leaked. I don't care at all about the Madden cover though.

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        June 17, 2021 7:03 AM

        So the leak was correct. The graphics look great and they are touting all new dynamic gameplay, whatever that means. I guess we wait another month for more info.

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          June 17, 2021 7:43 AM

          Maddens of my of had such a fun franchise mode. I wish they would invest more there but I doubt they ever will because it means the game might have more than 1 year shelf life.

          Personally u don't need Uber complex player controls, I would be so hapoy with an in depth GM/coach simulator.

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        June 17, 2021 9:04 AM

        If anyone is curious, EA is saying they are improving Franchise mode finally. We'll see.

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          June 17, 2021 9:14 AM

          Me thinks that they will improve it by giving you more options to buy stuff to improve your team

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          June 17, 2021 9:17 AM

          Can't wait to try it out... next year when it hits EA Play.

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        June 17, 2021 9:33 AM

        I don't play Madden, but I hope there are more funny physics bugs. There are some hilarious GIFs from the last few games out there.

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        June 17, 2021 9:46 AM

        So little trust in these guys. Played a bunch of franchise in Madden 21. Just a mode that clearly has never had much thought put into it for years and the business case for that changing is the same as ever. An unbelievable number of highly visible bugs throughout the game. Franchise mode would frequently do things like have the GM ask if I want to give a guy a 5th year option but recommend I not because he didn’t contribute much. Except the guy was a pro bowl 99 overall starter. Just brain dead. Every drive the drive summary at the end would display the drive length with some overflow bug so the time would be like 344211631. Every time you reorder your draft board the tool tips get stuck and persist across screens. Just unreal stuff.

        I’m looking forward to what 2k does to compare to Madden’s graphics. Madden simultaneously looks amazing and terrible at the same time. The core locomotion system and player modeling with animation blending just never looks great for an entire sequence. You can make incredible looking clips of a single animation (as the trailer does showing a spin here, a juke there) but the way players actually move looks further and further from real as other games put high fidelity movement through their games. Obviously modeling 22 players physics creates tons of additional constraints but we’ve been watching this play out since the early 2000s with 2k where one looks like how humans move and the other is this Madden alternate dimension where everyone moves slightly wrong.

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          June 17, 2021 10:00 AM

          Is there any info on what 2k is planning yet?

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            June 17, 2021 10:06 AM

            nothing since the initial announcement as far as I know which is just some nebulous thing that there will be 2k football but it won't be a simulation game (what makes something a simulation game? who knows?). I think it slipped to 2022 due to the pandemic unfortunately.

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              June 17, 2021 10:49 AM

              Gotcha, I will keep an eye out for it

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        June 17, 2021 10:11 AM

        Do you still need a commercial pilot's license to play it?

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        June 17, 2021 11:34 AM

        wasn't this part of the source code leak/hack/whatever?

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      June 17, 2021 8:25 AM

      Go drink some water Tom Brady.

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