Thrilling stuff, but there’s no real reason to pay attention to a video game simulation of the biggest game of the year, is there? Before you answer, consider last year.
Prior to Super Bowl XLIX, “Madden” not only perfectly nailed the final 28-24 score, it also foresaw Tom Brady’s fourth-quarter game-winning pass to Julian Edelman. It knew the Patriots would score first and what the score would be at the end of the third quarter.
While last year was the game’s best prediction, it was hardly a fluke. In the 12 years that EA has rolled out a prediction, the game has accurately forecast the winner nine times. Six years ago it came within a point of the final score — and nailed precisely how many yards Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes would run.
Before you rush out to meet your favorite bookie, though, it’s worth noting that the game is hardly infallible. And when it misses the mark, it does so by a pretty wide margin. It gave the edge in Super Bowl XLVIII between Denver and the Seattle Seahawks to the Broncos, predicting Manning would lead his team to a 31-28 victory. In reality, it was a blowout 43-8 victory by Seattle.
Want a little more historical knowledge before deciding how much faith to put into “Madden’s” prediction? Here’s a look at the game’s full track record to date: