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Madden NFL 13 sim predicts Ravens to beat 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII

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Keeping up with their annual tradition of predicting the Super Bowl winner, EA Sports' latest simulation of Super Bowl XLVII has crowned the Baltimore Ravens as champions. According to the simulation, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27—24. If true, this would be the Ravens second Lombardi Trophy and would send one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game out with a bang.

EA has released a very brief teaser of Super Bowl XLVII along with a description of some of the "could-be" highlights.

Both the Ravens and 49ers were held to first quarter field goals as the two top-ten defenses imposed their will to start the game. But any illusions of a low-scoring affair were shattered in the second quarter when the 49ers' Frank Gore scored on a 19-yard run and Joe Flacco quickly answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. Later in the quarter, Baltimore added a Ray Rice touchdown run to secure a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Ravens continued to pour it on in the third quarter, with Joe Flacco tossing a 24-yard strike to Anquan Boldin to stretch the Baltimore lead to 14. San Francisco refused to go quietly though, getting an early fourth quarter touchdown from Frank Gore and adding a game-tying 12-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis just before the two-minute warning.

Baltimore wasn't about to let the 49ers spoil Ray Lewis' retirement party though, methodically moving the ball down the field on the back of Ray Rice and capping the drive with a 40-yard field goal from rookie kicker Justin Tucker to push the Ravens ahead 27-24. The 49ers made one last attempt at capturing their sixth Lombardi Trophy, but an Ed Reed interception of a pass from Colin Kaepernick with ten seconds remaining capped the Ravens' second Super Bowl title in franchise history and proved once more that defense wins championships. 

Living up to his preseason claims that he was indeed an elite quarterback, Joe Flacco took home MVP honors completing 19 of 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. En route to his first Super Bowl victory, Flacco eliminated a number of young signal callers and future Hall-of-Famers including Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick

If you're a betting man, there's very good reason to trust Madden NFL 13. EA Sports Madden NFL Super Bowl Prediction is one of the most accurate simulations, accurately predicting seven of the last nine Super Bowls. Last year it was correct in its prediction that the New York Giants would beat the New England Patriots. Although the score was a little off, some of the stats were scary accurate.

Who do you think will win Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens or 49ers?

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