Though the New England Patriots remain embroiled in the Deflategate controversy, Electronic Arts predicts the three-time champions will triumph over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 1 in a final score of 28 to 24.
The simulation, part of the Redwood City, California-based developer's Madden NFL game, chose quarterback Tom Brady as the game’s most valuable player, predicting a 335-yard, four-touchdown performance. This accomplishment would tie Brady with Joe Montana for most MVP honors at three, as well as tying Montana and Terry Bradshaw with most Super Bowl victories by a quarterback at four wins.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman led all receivers with 106 yards on eight catches, while Marshawn Lynch bolstered the Seattle offense with 118 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2014, the Madden NFL prediction said that the Denver Broncos would defeat the Seattle Seahawks 31 to 28 in overtime, though the Seahawks cruised to a 43-8 victory.
Though “Madden 15” is just a football video game, its past predictions have been mostly accurate. In 2009, “Madden” predicted a final score of 27-23 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The actual final score was 28-24.
Prior to its huge misfire in the 2014 Super Bowl, “Madden” has had a decade of strong results. It made eight correct Super Bowl predictions and two incorrect estimations, in 2011 and 2008.
- Super Bowl XLVII
Madden: Ravens, 27, 49ers, 24
Actual score: Ravens, 34, 49ers, 31
- Super Bowl XLVI
Madden: Giants, 27, Patriots, 24
Actual score: Giants, 21, Patriots, 17
- Super Bowl XLV
Madden: Steelers, 24, Packers, 20
Actual score: Packers, 31, Steelers, 25
- Super Bowl XLIV
Madden: Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17
- Super Bowl XLIII
Madden: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
- Super Bowl XLII
Madden: Patriots 38, Giants 30
Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14
- Super Bowl XLI
Madden: Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17
- Super Bowl XL
Madden: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
- Super Bowl XXXIX
Madden: Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
- Super Bowl XXXVIII
Madden: Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29