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Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL 10 Achievement Guide

Guide By: daenius, SengIV
There are 29 achievements with a total of 1150 points.

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Overview:
Estimated Achievement Difficulty: 3/10

Offline: 25 (955)
Online: 4 (195)
Approximate amount of time to 1150: 5+ hours
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 5 games (one franchise, one Co-op)
Missable Achievements: None
Do cheats disable achievements: No Cheats
Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes
Glitchy Achievements: None
Unobtainable Achievements: None
Extra Equipment Needed: 560MSP for the AFL Legacy DLC Pack, Second Controller recommended

Introduction:
Another year, another Madden to pad your gamerscore. Madden 10 has a few new achievements relating to doing things with or to specific players, but the gameplay mechanic is still basically the same, and you can still use 2 controllers to get almost all of the achievements. You only need to play 5 games to get the 1150 (4 if you don’t want/have the DLC), so get ready for an easy 1150 with DLC. For purposes of this road map, the home team is always your profile and the away team is always the second controller signed in as a guest or not signed in.

Game #1: Patriots @ Chargers (or any other AFL team)
Start out by trading Adrian Peterson from the Vikings to the Patriots to prevent you having to play an extra game against the Vikings. You can edit the stats of any player you want, though it really isn’t needed if you use 2 controllers. Make sure the difficulty is set to All-Pro on both controllers and the quarter lengths are set to 5 minutes. If you have the AFL legacy pack, you may want to turn it on. Setting rewinds to unlimited will help, but isn’t completely necessary. You can also change the stadium to Lambeau Field and set the weather to snowy to knock out the Frozen Tundra achievement. Your only required achievements for this one are intercepting a pass to Randy Moss (for 2 achievements) and tackling Peterson for a loss 3 times. Both are easily done with two controllers following the guide below. It would also be wise to attempt the Ultimate 10 Point Swing achievement in this game if you have the pack and go for Super Bowl MVP-Like, as well. Depending on how much time you have left, you can just keep going for any achievement you have left until the game ends. Refer to the guide below for excellent methods for any specific achievement.

Game #2: Colts @ Cardinals
You’re going to want to have the same settings on this game (All-Pro, 5 minute quarters, unlimited rewinds), though you don’t have to worry about Lambeau or the AFL. You are going to need to work the offense as well as the defense in this game. When on defense, have your profile try to intercept a Peyton Manning pass 3 times, while on offense, select one running play, to ensure that you juke Bob Sanders (select him with controller 2 if you want to easily track him), and then spend the rest of your game throwing Hail Mary passes to Larry Fitzgerald, since they give you enough time to switch to him, run a few yards and catch the ball for a user catch. You should have 10, but it is best to have way more, since the game does not differentiate between a catch and a user catch in any of the stats. Make sure you rewind if Fitzy drops the ball to ensure you get the achievement. I wouldn’t recommend going for any of the fumble achievements on this one, since you will want to have as many catch opportunities with Fitzgerald as possible. Again, go for any achievement you don’t have, and refer to the guide below for more assistance.

Game #3: Chargers @ a team of your choice
Start by trading Kurt Warner from the Cardinals to the Chargers and editing his carry stat as low as possible. Do the same thing to LaDanian Tomlinson’s carry stat. Make sure your stats are set to what should be the standard (5 minute quarters, All-Pro, unlimited rewinds) and start the game. Your focus in this game is going to be forcing both Warner and Tomlinson to fumble and tackling Antonio Gates inside the 5 yard line. Again each of these are easily done with 2 controllers. If you are missing any of the non-player specific achievements, do them now. All three of the player specific achievements in this game will unlock immediately, so if you have nothing else left, you can just quit the game when you have all three. You can refer to the guide below for help with any specific achievement.

Step 4: Online Co-op
You can definitely find a partner online just by searching, though getting them to help you with the achievements may be difficult, so you may want to check the Achievement Trading Thread before starting. Once you have your partner, start up an Xbox Live game of Unranked Co-op, play as the Chargers and ensure that you are wearing the AFL legacy jersey if they have the DLC. You don’t need to win the game, so don’t worry about that, just make sure that during the game you pass the ball to your partner for a touchdown and pass a lateral to them. Easily done with communication. This should net you all four of the online achievements if you ensure that it is set to All-Pro difficulty and the quarter lengths are at 5 minutes. There are no rewinds, and no sliders to adjust in this mode, so it will take some skill, but not as much as you would think. Both the Passing TD and the Lateral unlock at the end of the play, so if you don’t get either of those, you can try again and just quit when it unlocks (not recommended if you are playing with a random online person).

Step 5: AFL Mop-Up (Madden Moment and Franchise)
If you don’t have the DLC, you can skip this step. These two achievements should take a combined 15 minutes. Both of these are specific game modes, accessed through the game modes menu, and cannot be done with adjusted sliders or 2 controllers, so it may take a few tries, but they are not terribly difficult. Refer to the guide below for more specific details on both achievements.

Step 6: Player and Team Creation
All you need to do with creation mode is create a new player with a birthdate of January 1, 1954 and a team from the city of Springfield. You don’t need to edit anything else aside from those two stats and save the character. You don't even need to save the team or player as the achievement unlocks when the screen to name the save comes up.

Step 7: Mop up
If you missed an achievement, start up a new game with the standard settings and follow the directions in the guide below, as the guide has very detailed methods on getting each specific achievement.

Conclusion:
While the online achievements and DLC achievements may be uncharacteristic for a Madden game, they don’t add any significant difficulty to getting the 100%. It is still a fairly quick game to complete and should offer few challenges to most gamers, and no challenges to veterans of the series.

[x360a would like to thank Capn Doug for this Road Map]



Sprint 2 Minute Drill30
Win after being behind in the final 2 minutes of a game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (3) 
Go to „Play Now“ and start a game with any two teams you want. The absolutely easiest way to do this is with 2 controllers.

Let a friend of yours control the other team and make sure you (Controller 1) are behind when the 2-minute warning in the 4th quarter comes up (this stops the time, as it lets you know there are 2 minutes left in the game). Now run this defensive play with Controller 2 (the team that is up on the scoreboard); "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block".

All the defensive players will put pressure on the QB here. Normally, this play is designed to block Field Goal attemps, therefore sending all the players rushing in to try and block the attempt.
We're going to exploit this play for many Achievements - it will save you a lot of time going through every player and assigning him to put pressure on the Quarterback, because as said before, the "FG Block" play has every player putting pressure on the QB from the get-go.

When Controller 2 selected the play, Controller 1 can snap the ball – meaning start the play - by pressing .  Assuming Controller 2 picked the "FG Block" play, your Wide Receivers will be wide open for a pass – take the ball to the endzone for the Touchdown and let the clock run out afterwards.

If you want to get this Achievement without having to wait until the clock reaches the last 2 minutes of the game, you can try the Madden Moment "Championship #6" (found under "Quick Modes > Madden Moments" from the Main Menu), where you have to repeat the Steelers' last minute touchdown from Superbowl XLII (make sure to not let the Cardinals win the game, though).

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock after you finish the game, don't be alarmed if it doesn't pop up immediately after you've fulfilled all the requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements.
All Day No Way 40
Record 3 tackles for a loss on Adrian Peterson. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) (6) 
Adrian Peterson is the Running Back for the Minnesota Vikings. He wears number #28.

We will use 2 Controllers for this Achievement. Controller 1 will be playing as any team he wants, Controller 2 will be playing as the Minnesota Vikings.

Once in game, back out into the pause menu, go to "Settings", select "Game Options" and turn "Play Clock" off. Then make sure Controller 1 is playing Defense and Controller 2 Offense.

Now, only select Run Plays with Controller 2, preferrably outside run plays so the defense can get to Peterson faster. If you’re playing with a friend, make sure that he tells you which play he is running and in which direction it will go.

As for Controller 1: Since Offsides are turned off, you can cross the Line of Scrimmage and just wait for the Quarterback to hand the ball to Adrian Peterson. As soon as he does you will be right next to him, tackle him pressing DOWN on the . The tackle has to be for a loss, meaning Adrian Peterson cannot cross the Line of Scrimmage under any circumstances. If you are doing it the way I just described, you will have no problem, though. Repeat this 3 times.

Once you have 3 tackles for a loss, make sure the game clock is running and let each quarter run out. Since you've turned off "Play Clock", you will not get penalized for it.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock after you finish the game, don't be alarmed if it doesn't pop up immediately after you've fulfilled all the requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements and that you are NOT playing the Pro Bowl.
Buzzkill40
Intercept a pass intended for Randy Moss. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
Randy Moss is the #1 Wide Receiver for the New England Patriots. He wears number #81.

You will have to intercept a pass intended for him, meaning that you (the defender) catch the ball instead of him. This will also get you the „Mr. Not So Perfect“ Achievement, since you will be intercepting a pass from Tom Brady intended for Randy Moss. Once more we will be using 2 Controllers. Controller 1 can play as any team he likes, Controller 2 will have to pick the New England Patriots.

Once in game, let Controller 2 set up a pass play.
Pick any Randy Moss-centered pass play "By Player" > "WR" > "Randy Moss" and pick any.

Once you’ve done that, let Controller 1 pick any defensive play. Now make sure that Controller 2 sets Randy Moss' route to a "Go Route" to let him run straight ahead. This done by pressing to get to the route menu, then press to select Randy Moss and press UP on the .

Additionally, let Controller 1 go through every defensive player pressing and let each player drop back into zone coverage, done so by pressing and UP on the . If you’ve done everything right and snap the ball pressing , the defenders will drop back into zone coverage while Randy Moss will run straight ahead.

Now let Controller 2 tap to throw a deep pass to Randy Moss. Make sure to press again after the throw to control Randy Moss and move him away from the marker where the ball will be. If this worked, all defenders will head over to the place where the ball will drop. Now only press to catch the ball and intercept it.

NOTE: Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements and that you are NOT playing the Pro Bowl
Fight for the Fumble30
Win possession of the ball after a fumble pile-up. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) 

See Look What I Found for additional information.

From Me To You40
Complete a pass for a TD with your partner in an Online Co-op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (17) 
This Achievement is as simple as it gets.

Go to "Xbox Live" and scroll down to "Create Session". Create an "Unranked Co-Op" session and make sure you set the quarters to 5 minutes and the difficulty to "All Pro". Now all you have to do is score a touchdown by throwing a pass to your partner.

If you are having problems with this Achievement, you can always ask for help in the Achievement Trading Thread here. This way you might find other players that are willing to play with you.
Frozen Tundra30
Win at Lambeau Field in freezing weather. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (3) 
For this Achievement, you will have to win at Lambeau Field – the Home of the Green Bay Packers – in snowy weather conditions. You don't have to play against the Green Bay Packers, though.

Plug in 2 Controllers, go to „Play Now“ and let Controller 2 select any team as the home team – be aware, the home team is always on the RIGHT side of the screen. Move Controller 1 to the LEFT side – the Away Team.

Now press to be taken to the Options Screen. Press two times to get to "Advanced Settings", scroll to the bottom and select "Heavy Snow" as Weather. Let Controller 2 (Home Team) get beaten by Controller 1 (Away Team) and this Achievement will be yours.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock after you finish the game, don't be alarmed if it doesn't pop up immediately after you've fulfilled all the requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements.
The Gang's All Here50
Trigger a gang tackle with 7+ players. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (6) 
Once more, the best way to do this is using 2 controllers. Create a 400lb Running Back, put him on any team and max his stats to 99. Start a Play Now game and let Controller 2 be the team you put the 400lb RB on and let Controller 1 play as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Make sure that the 400lb Running Back is the main back to run your plays.

Now make sure Controller 1 (Steelers) is playing as the defense while Controller 2 is playing as the offense. Let Controller 1 pick the defense "By Formation" > "Quarter" > "Prevent" and Controller 2 pick "By Play Type" > "Run" > "Inside Handoff" > "HB Dive".

Before you snap the ball, let Controller 1 press and UP on the to put your defense into back-off coverage. Afterwards, press and hold and press the button above the Running Back to spotlight him. Then let Controller 2 press to snap the ball and don't press any buttons to let the CPU control the Running Back.

Now your defenders in back-off coverage will run towards the RB and tackle him, hopefully triggering a 7-man gang tackle. This has proven to be the fastest and most prolific way of obtaining this Achievement.

Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that this strategy will work on your first try.
Since a 7-man gang tackle, or gang tackles in general, are mostly random, there is no way to manipulate the game to increase the frequency of these gang-tackles to occur; so please be aware that this Achievement could take hours, maybe even days to unlock.

NOTE: Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements.
Go Back to Basketball40
Tackle Antonio Gates inside the 5 yard line. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
Antonio Gates is a Tight End (TE) for the San Diego Chargers. He wears number #85. Once more, we will be using 2 Controllers. Controller 1 will be controlling the defense, Controller 2 the San Diego Chargers (Offense).

Set up a play anywhere on the field and let Controller 2 pick the play "By Play Type" > "Pass" > "Standard Pass" > "Curl Flats". Let Controller 1 set up any defensive scheme.
Once you’re set, let Controller 1 pick the play "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block".

Once you’re ready, let Controller 2 snap the ball pressing and throw the ball to Antonio Gates #85 (he will be on the button). Once Gates made the catch, run all the way to your opponent's endzone and stop between the 5-yard line and the endzone, waiting for Controller 1's players to come and tackle you.
Go Bag Some Groceries40
Force Kurt Warner to fumble on a sack. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
Kurt Warner is the Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. He wears number #13. You will have to sack Kurt Warner (as described in Achievement „Nano“) and force him to fumble, meaning he has to drop the ball, too. This achievement is very simple, aside from the randomness of a fumble.

Go to „Play Now“ and let Controller 1 pick the San Francisco 49ers, Controller 2 pick the Arizona Cardinals. In game, let Controller 2 run any pass play he wants, just make sure it’s no run.
Then, let Controller 1 pick any defensive play.

Select the Middle Linebacker (MLB) Patrick Willis (#52) - the reason I picked him is that his "Tackle" and "Hit Power" ratings both are in the high 90's, which will make it easier for us to strip the ball off Warner. Since "Offside" is turned off, you can cross the line of scrimmage and position yourself in a way that you can tackle Warner the instant he snaps the ball.

As soon as Controller 2 snaps the ball, have Controller 1 try to strip the ball off Warner by pressing . You can also press DOWN on the to tackle him very hard, but it probably won't be as effective as trying to strip the ball - although using Willis, the hard tackle worked better for me. If Warner doesn’t fumble, you will have to try again until he does and maybe even lower his "Carry" rating. Eventually, you’ll get this Achievement.
Have to Be This Tall to Ride40
Stiff arm or juke Bob Sanders. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
Bob Sanders is the Strong Safety for the Indianapolis Colts. He wears number #21. This achievement is fairly easy to get, and it is one of two player specific Achievements where you have to play as the Offense in order to get it. Once again, we will be using 2 Controllers.

Set up a game in „Play Now“. Let Controller 1 choose the New England Patriots, and Controller 2 choose the Indianapolis Colts. Before you do anything, let Controller 2 pause the game, go to "Coaching Options" > "Depth Chart", hold down the and flick the UP or DOWN to get to "Defense". Then scroll to "PR" (Punt Returner) holding down your and scrolling down with the and replace T.J. Rushing with Bob Sanders.

In game, let Controller 1 choose a play „By Player“ > „WR“ > „Randy Moss“ > Moss’ route will be highlighted in red, make sure he is on the right side and choose any play. Now, let Controller 2 pick the play "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block Return".

Since Sanders is designated Punt Returner, he will be the only player in the backfield. Make sure Controller 2 does not control Sanders and snap the ball, pressing . If you’ve done everything right, Randy Moss will be wide open for a pass. Press as soon as you’ve snapped to throw the ball to him.

Keep on running and as soon as Bob Sanders comes your way, press to stiff arm, or LEFT or RIGHT on the to do a juke move. I deliberately used Randy Moss, because he is a very athletic receiver, so you should have no problems juking or stiff-arming Bob Sanders.
Just to be on the safe side, I would advise you to do a juke, though.
Hey Buddy!50
Complete a lateral with your partner in an Online Co-Op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (10) 
A „Lateral“ requires the pass thrower to throw the ball backwards or parallel to the line of scrimmage.
In other words, the ball cannot be thrown forward.
Unlike a forward pass, which must be thrown behind the line of scrimmage, a lateral pass can be thrown anywhere on the field. The button for throwing a lateral is .

In an Online Co-Op game, wait until your opponent kicks off the ball. Then, catch it either yourself or let your buddy catch it. As soon as you've caught the ball, make sure you partner and you are beside each other and let the person carrying the ball press - Lateral completed.
Larry Stickyfingers40
Get 10 user catches (no drops) with Larry Fitzgerald. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) (8) 
Larry Fitzgerald is the #1 Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He wears number #11. As always, start a game in „Play Now“, with Controller 1 selecting the Arizona Cardinals while Controller 2 can select any team he wants.

Before the first play, make sure to turn off the play clock and "Fatigue", done so by pausing the game, opening "Settings" > "Game Options" and decreasing "Fatigue" to 0 as well as turning off "Play Clock".

The way this works is the following:
Everytime you throw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, you will have to press after you throw to get control of him. As soon as you did this, you can move Fitzgerald with the and just catch the ball.

Let Controller 1 select a pass play „By Player“ > „WR“ > „Larry Fitzgerald“. As above with Randy Moss, Fitzgerald’s routes will be highlighted in red.
I would recommend selecting a route that’s easy to run – the best would be Fitzgerald running straight ahead.

Let Controller 2 choose the play "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block". Now let Controller 1 press to get into the hot route menu, then press to select Larry Fitzgerald and press UP on the to let him run a "Go Route" (straight ahead).

When you're done, snap the ball pressing and lob the ball to Fitzgerald by tapping . As soon as the ball is in the air, press again to control Fitz. You will see a marking where the ball is going to land.

Make absolutely sure you keep on running ahead and are in control of Fitzgerald while doing so, also make sure you keep holding the (this is the "Turbo"). You have to run a couple of yards while you're in control of Fitz, otherwise it doesn't count as a user catch - if you press right after you've thrown the ball with the QB you won't have a problem with this.

You don't have to press to catch the ball - Fitzgerald will automatically catch it. All you have to do is run to the marking where the ball is going to land.

Repeat this play 10-12 times (just to be sure make it 12), then make sure that the game clock is running and just let the time run out in each quarter.
Since the play clock is turned off, you will not get penalized for this.

I can assure you that this method works and will get you the Achievement, I have tried several strategies with 3 different accounts and this one worked.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock after you finish the game, don't be alarmed if it doesn't pop up immediately after you've fulfilled all the requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements and that you are NOT playing the Pro Bowl.
Laser Arm?40
Intercept Peyton Manning 3 times. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
Peyton Manning is the Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He wears number #18.

This Achievement works the same way as "Buzzkill", where you had to intercept a pass intended for Randy Moss, only now Controller 2 can pass to any receiver he wants. Again, we will be using the 2-Controller method.

Controller 1 can play as any team he likes, Controller 2 will have to pick the Indianapolis Colts. Once in game, first make sure to back out into the pause menu, go to "Settings", select "Game Options" and turn "Play Clock" off. Then, let Controller 2 pick any pass play while letting Controller 1 pick any defensive play.

Now make sure that Controller 2 sets the -receiver's route to a "Go Route" to let him run straight ahead. This done by pressing to get to the route menu, then press to select him and press UP on the .

Additionally, let Controller 1 go through every defensive player pressing and let each player drop back into zone coverage, done so by pressing and UP on the . If you’ve done everything right and snap the ball pressing , the defenders will drop back into zone coverage while your receiver will run straight ahead.

Now let Controller 2 tap to throw a deep pass to your receiver. Make sure to press again after the throw to control your player and move him away from the marker where the ball will be.

If this worked, all defenders will head over to the place where the ball will drop. Now only press to control any defender and press to catch the ball and intercept it. Repeat this 3 times.

Once you have 3 interceptions, make sure the game clock is running and let each quarter run out. Since you've turned off "Play Clock", you will not get penalized for it.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock after you finish the game, don't be alarmed if it doesn't pop up immediately after you've fulfilled all the requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements and that you are NOT playing the Pro Bowl.
Look what I found!80
Win a fumble pile-up in the end zone for a TD. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (10) 
The best way to do this is once more using 2 Controllers. Let Controller 1 (the one that needs the Achievement) pick the Cardinals, for functionalities sake. Let Controller 2 pick the Browns. Also use this chance to make sure your difficulty is on All-Pro and turn rewinds to unlimited/infinity to make life easier. Now set up the start of the game so the Cardinals (Controller 1) kick off to the Browns (Controller 2). Catch the ball and run out of bounds at the 4(or 5) yard line.

Now let the Browns (Controller 2) pick a Punt, found under "By Formation > Special Teams > Punt".

With the Cardinals (Controller 1), pick a punt block, found under "By Formation > Special Teams > Punt Block".

Now with the Browns (Controller 2) flick the  downwards ONE TIME. DO NOT FLICK THE STICK UPWARDS. This will give the defense enough time to run in and block the kick. Don't touch a single button after that and let the CPU take care of the rest.

As soon as two or more players dive for the ball, a fumble mini-game will trigger.
The idea of this mini-game is to tap the buttons shown and get the needle into your half of the bar.
To make things considerably easier, have Controller 1 press the right buttons while Controller 2 is pressing the wrong ones.

This Achievement will also get you the "Fight For The Fumble" Achievement.
 
Mr. Not-So-Perfect 40
Intercept a Tom Brady pass. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 

Tom Brady is the Quarterback for the New England Patriots, he wears number #12.

See Buzzkill for a detailed description.

Nano50
Sack the QB before he can hand the ball off. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) 
Once more a perfect situation for using the 2 Controller method. Controller 1 will be controlling the defense, Controller 2 the offense.

Before you start, make sure you turn "Offsides" OFF in the settings, done so by pausing the game, opening "Settings > Penalties" and decreasing the Offsides slider to 0.

Your assigment here is that you SACK the Quarterback, which means that you tackle him for a loss and bring him to fall BEHIND the „Line of Scrimmage“ - which is where your players are lined up before you press and start the play. The Line of Scrimmage also is the point any running player or the ball has to cross to make it a positive gain of yardage for the Offense.

There is one little catch – you have to sack the Quarterback BEFORE he can give the ball to the Running Back. Let both Controller 1 and 2 select any team they want. In game, let Controller 2 select his play „By Play Type “, select „Run“ , then „Outside Handoff“ and select „HB Stretch“. This way, the QB will hand the ball to the Running Back, so he can take the ball to the outside and not run through the middle. Hence, Controller 1 will need to tackle the Quarterback before he reaches the Running Back.

Since "Offside" is turned off, you can take your defensive player across the Line of Scrimmage and position him in a way that he can tackle the Quarterback before he can reach the Running Back; just be sure not to touch ANY players when positioning your defender, as this will result in a penalty - even if you have turned off "Offside".

Once you’ve done so, let Controller 2 snap the ball by pressing . If you’ve done everything right you will get to the Quarterback BEFORE he can give the ball to the Running Back, tackle him by pressing DOWN on the .

It might take a little practice and more than one try, but that’s the best way to do it.
Nothing Without the Dark Visor40
Force a LaDanian Tomlinson fumble. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no Pro Bowl, no co-op) 
LaDainian Tomlinson is the Running Back for the San Diego Chargers. He wears number #21. Once again, we are going to do this using 2 Controllers. Let Controller 1 pick a team of his choice, Controller 2 will have to pick the San Diego Chargers.

This Achievement is similar to Go Bag Some Groceries, but this time around you will have to force LaDainian Tomlinson to fumble.

Set up an outside handoff run play "By Play Type" > "Run" > "Outside Handoff" > "HB Stretch" with Controller 2. This way the Quarterback will give the ball to the Running Back so he can run to the left or right of the field and not through the middle. Now Let Controller 1 pick any defensive play.

After you’ve done this, make sure you know which direction LaDainian Tomlinson is headed, you can check so by pressing and holding and pressing UP on the on Controller 2.

After checking this, let Controller 1 move his defender in the exact direction where Tomlinson is headed. Since "Offside" is turned off, you can cross the Line of Scrimmage and position yourself at a spot where you can tackle Tomlinson right after he gets the ball.

Now let Controller 2 snap the ball pressing . If you’ve done everything right, LaDainian Tomlinson will be heading your way. If this is happening, try to strip the ball off him pressing and hope that he drops the ball. You can also try to tackle him very hard pressing DOWN on the , you'll just have to try which one works better for you. If Tomlinson doesn’t fumble after multiple tries, you should decrease his "Carry" rating.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock immediately after you've fulfilled the necessary requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements and that you are NOT playing the Pro Bowl.
Pocket Monster80
Stay in the pocket for at least 10 seconds. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (2) 
The pocket is the space a Quarterback drops into when he snaps the ball (starts the play).
Meaning if you press , your QB snaps the ball and drops back into the pocket, where he is being protected by his offensive line to give him enough time to make his reads and throw the ball.

Once again, we will do this with 2 Controllers. Controller 1 will be controlling the offense, Controller 2 the defense. Let Controller 1 select the play "By Play Type" > "Pass" > "Standard Pass" > "Curl Flats", and Controller 2 select any defensive play. Now let Controller 2 assign all of his defensive players to drop back into zone coverage, done so by circling through players pressing and assigning each player by pressing and UP on the .

Let Controller 1 snap the ball pressing and the defense should drop back into zone coverage.
Wait 10 seconds and throw the ball to one of your receivers, then run out of bounds to unlock this Achievement.
Super Bowl MVP-like50
Catch a TD to take the lead with under 30 seconds left. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (1) 
Once more, we will be using 2 Controllers. Go to „Play Now“ and start a game with any two teams you want. Controller 1 will be the offensive team, Controller 2 will be the defense.

Make sure there are less than 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter; also check if you are trailing Controller 2's team by not more than 6 points - any bigger number will not result in you taking the lead. Then use a timeout and let Controller 1 run any pass play you want, and Controller 2 any defensive play you want. Like in Sprint 2 Minute Drill, let Controller 2 select the play "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block".

Afterwards, let Controller 1 snap the ball, pressing . If you’ve done everything right, your Receivers will be wide open. Throw the ball to any of them to score the Touchdown and unlock the Achievement.
Why Can’t We Be Friends?75
Complete an online Co-Op game. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (12) 
Not really much to say about this Achievement.

Go to "Xbox Live" and scroll down to "Create Session". Create an "Unranked Co-Op" session and make sure you set the quarters to 5 minutes and the difficulty to "All Pro".

Do not disconnect and finish the game.
Wounded Duck50
Complete a pass to an unintended receiver. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (3) 
The best way to do this, once more, is using 2 Controllers. Controller 1 will be controlling the Offense, Controller 2 the Defense. When selecting your teams, let Controller 1 pick the Steelers and Controller 2 any team.

In game, select a Bunch pass play with Controller 1, found under "By Formation" > "Gun" > "Bunch Wk" and pick any. In this set, you have enough receivers that can grab the ball. Now set all of them to slants, done so by pressing to get into the route menu, then press the button assigned to your receiver and press RIGHT on the .  Repeat this with all 3 receivers. Let Controller 2 select "By Formation" > "Special Teams" > "FG Block".

When you're both ready, let Controller 1 snap the ball pressing . Now tap one of the three buttons assigned to your three receivers to lob a ball in there. While the ball is in the air press twice to switch to another receiver than the one you just threw the ball to and press to catch the ball.
 
Secret Achievements
 
Mature Newbie10
Create a player or Superstar at the oldest possible age. 
In the Main Menu, go to "My Madden", select "Creation Zone", go to "Create Player" and simply set the Birth Year to the earliest preset possible - which is January 1, 1954.

Press to move on, select "Keep Player Without Saving" and the Achievement will unlock.
Safety Inspection Required10
Create a team from Springfield. (2) 
In the Main Menu, go to "My Madden", select "Creation Zone", go to "Create New Team". Now select "Team Data", open "Info Editor" and leave everything as it is, just change the team's city to "Springfield". Press to back out until you get a message saying "Do you want to save the changes to your team?".

Select "Accept" and the Achievement will unlock.
Well played. Really.5
Throw the ball away on 4th down. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) (4) 
You won't need 2 Controllers to do this.

Start a game by going to Play Now and selecting any 2 teams.

As soon as you're playing as the offense, make sure you don't get the ball across the first down marker three times (the yellow line that you have to cross to get another set of 4 tries). You can do so by simply waiting for the defense to tackle you.

As soon as you've reached 4th down (your fourth try), you have to throw the ball away to unlock the Achievement.

Select any pass play, snap the ball by pressing and instantaneously run to the left or right. This is important as your Quarterback has to be outside of the "box" for the throw-away to count.

To make this easier: before you snap the ball, imagine a straight line that goes down from the offensive liner farthest to the left and right (from the guys in the middle where your Quarterback is standing) - you have to cross this imaginary line. As soon as you're out of said "box", click for the Quarterback to throw the ball away.

NOTE: This Achievement will unlock immediately after you've fulfilled the necessary requirements. Make sure to check that the difficulty and quarters are set to fit the requirements.
 
 
DLC: AFL Legacy Pack
Cost: $6.99 USD Achievements: 5 Points: 150
 
Blast From The Past30
Win an AFL-themed Madden Moment with AFL presentation turned ON. 
Win an AFL-themed Madden Moment with AFL presentation turned ON.

Once you download the AFL Legacy pack under Madden Moments are about 5 new moments to play. They are at the top of the list and each picture is in black and white. Choose one of these and beat it. The first one is while playing as the Chargers come back down 16 - 24 with one minute left. Not very easy to do. The second is winning the game in overtime. All you have to do is drive downfield and get a field goal. I would choose this one, as it is easy.
Orange Sherbet Anyone?30
Win an exhibition game with AFL presentation turned ON. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op) 
Just go into Play Now. Once there hit the to make AFL Legacy Pack turn on. Now you will have the fuzzy screen and everything. Then pick a team and play the game on All-Pro, 5 minute quarters. Some people have said that you can play with any teams, but I recommend playing it safe and doing AFL on AFL teams. Chargers, Raiders, Patriots, Bills, Chiefs, Broncos are all AFL teams.
AFL Invades Franchise Mode30
Win an offline franchise AFL Legacy game with AFL presentation turned ON. 
Go into Franchise. Choose either the Raiders, Chargers, Patriots or Bills to get this really fast. Then just play through either one of these teams' week one game. It will be an AFL Legacy game. The screen will NOT be orange and fuzzy, so don't worry about that portion. Finish the game and you get this achievement.
AFL Goes Online30
Play online wearing AFL jerseys. 5 min qtrs, All Pro (no co-op). (5) 
Play and complete any online game while wearing the AFL jerseys. Jerseys can be changed under Uniform Options in the team selection menu. The person you are playing against should probably have the jerseys too. Most people have reported that your opponent should have them. Multiple people have reported playing as the Chargers, changing all of the uniform, got them the achievement after one game.
Secret Achievements
The Ultimate Ten Point Swing30
Return a missed field goal for a TD with AFL presentation turned ON. 5 min qtrs, All Pro(no co-op) (5) 
Easiest method by far is with two controllers. Use the same setup as Orange Sherbet Anyone? and then just play the game. Have the other controller kick a field goal and have you return it for a touchdown. Easiest way is to set the other team up at their own 15 yard line. Have them kick a field goal while you are in field goal return formation. Catch it and run towards a sideline. Try to move the other team out of the way. If you have a friend controlling the other controller, pressing and moving to the opposite way makes you have a wide open space.

 
 
 
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Developer:
EA Tiburon
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
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Release:

US August 14, 2009
Europe August 14, 2009

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