Good news for Denver is that the annual Super Bowl simulation has just been sent over by EA Sports. The simulation is using Madden NFL 25’s Xbox One version. The Broncos will bulldoze their way to the Lombardi trophy after a 31-28 win over the Seahawks. It will be the first time a starting quarterback in NFL’s history will have lead two different teams to Super Bowl victories.
According to the simulation, the game will provide fans with a little of everything:
However, Seattle was not going to be beaten hands down. A Russell Wilson TD toss and a field goal gave the Seahawks the much needed striking range reach. Marshawn Lynch kept them alive by a 27 yard, last second, Beast Mode touchdown rumble. The game was sent into overtime by a 2 point conversion. But Matt Prater, Broncos kicker, silenced the comeback using a 48 yard field goal to win the game. With a total tally of one interception, three TDs and 322 yards in the air, it was not a surprise that Manning walked off with MVP honors.
It is quite ridiculous because after all, it is just a video game! In a real Super Bowl, such a thing can never happen. However, it often happens in the case of Madden predictions.
A good example is last year’s game between the Ravens and the 49ers. In this game, Madden was accurate on the final spread (3 points) and picked the winner (Ravens). Additionally, it had Joe Flacco as MVP and was short by one attempt and two completions of accurately getting Colin Kaepernick’s statistic line. The previous year, Madden predicted the Patriots would beat the Giants and missed the spread by a single point. It correctly pegged Eli Manning as MVP and predicted accurate scores for the Patriots second and third quarters.
What is even crazier is when Madden’s prediction of 27 – 23 Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII of 2009 was wrong by one point from the final 28 -24 score. Is it dark magic that the game was on point with Santonio Holmes receiving yards on the button? Could it be that Madden is just ‘mind blowing’ good at this? With 8 – 2 so far in predictions pertaining to Super Bowl, its premonition powers are closing in on Punxsutawney Phil and Nate Silver territory.
The Madden Super Bowl Predictions track record is as follows:
- Super Bowl XXXVIII (The First Madden Prediction, 2004)
Madden: Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
- Super Bowl XXXIX (The 2nd Madden Prediction, 2005)
Madden: Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
- Super Bowl XL (The 3rd Madden Predictioin, 2006)
Madden: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
- Super Bowl XLI (The 4th Madden Prediction, 2007)
Madden: Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17
- Super Bowl XLII (The 5th Madden Prediction, 2008)
Madden: Patriots 38, Giants 30
Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14
- Super Bowl XLIII (The 6th Madden Prediction, 2009)
Madden: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
- Super Bowl XLIV (The 7th Madden Prediction, 2010)
Madden: Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17
- Super Bowl XLV (The 8th Madden Prediction, 2011)
Madden: Steelers, 24, Packers, 20
Actual score: Packers, 31, Steelers, 25
- Super Bowl XLVI (The 9th Madden Prediction, 2012)
Madden: Giants, 27, Patriots, 24
Actual score: Giants, 21, Patriots, 17
- Super Bowl XLVII (The 10th Madden Prediction, 2013)
Madden: Ravens, 27, 49ers, 24
Actual score: Ravens, 34, 49ers
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