For the past 13 years EA Sports has been running game simulations using it's Madden NFL video game to predict the eventual outcome of the Super Bowl. In doing so, they have been able to tell us the winners of 9 of the last 13 Super Bowls with uncanny accuracy.
For Super Bowl XLIX, played two years ago, Madden NFL 15 not only predicted that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl, it predicted that they would come from behind in a last minute comeback to defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-24, which was correct.
It also predicted that:
- The Patriots would score first - Correct
- Tom Brady would win MVP - Correct
- Tom Brady would have 4 touchdown passes - Correct
- Julian Edelman would catch the game winning touchdown - Correct
Madden NFL 15 amazingly close to other game day stats such as:
- Tom Brady would pass for 335 yard (he throw for 328, 7 yards shy of total)
- It was only 3 yards and 1 catch away from perfectly calling Julian Edelman’s entire game.
- Halftime score 17 - 14 (game was actually tied at 14)
The Madden 15 game simulation was the most detailed and amazingly accurate one of all time.
For this year's game, which will be played on Sunday, EA Sports Madden NFL 17 once again goes out on the limb to predict the outcome of Super Bowl 51. The game will be played in Houston Texas between the Atlanta Falcons and those very same New England Patriots of Super Bowl XLIX.
After laying an egg last year by choosing the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos, how accurate will this year's Madden NFL 17 game simulation be?
According to Madden NFL 17 Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will mount a game ending drive, down 24-20. With a 4th and goal situation and 20 seconds on the clock, Tom Brady finds Julian Edleman in the end zone for the game winning touchdown.
How accurate will this year's game simulation be? Will it be successful in predicting the winner of the Super Bowl for the 10th time in 14 years? We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.