news\ Feb 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

Madden's Super Bowl XLVIII prediction way off


Well, you don't see this often. Actually, in the past 11 Super Bowl games (including last night), you've only seen it three times -- Madden's prediction for the winner of last nights game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks was wrong. Like, way wrong.

First off, the Madden NFL 25 simulated prediction called for a Denver Broncos win in overtime, 31 to 28. The actual outcome? A Seattle Seahawks shellacking of the Denver Broncos to the tune of 43 to 8. 43 to freaking 8. Not even close, baby.

There was no snow (some light rain, yes), no Richard Sherman interception and, most importantly, no second Super Bowl ring for Peyton Manning. Heartbreaking.

So how wrong was Madden NFL 25? Well, for example, it predicted Manning to finish with 322 yards and three touchdowns. In actuality, Manning finished with 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interception. The leading rusher wasn't Marshawn Lynch, as it had predicted, but surprisingly Percy Harvin (on just two carries). To EA Sports' credit, Madden simulations usually result in scarily accurate predictions. Prior to last night's game, Madden had correctly predicted the outcome in 8 of the past 10 Super Bowl games (8 of 11 after last night). So we'll let this one go.

Now that Super Bowl XLVIII is in the books, I'd like to see EA simulate the offseason to predict if Manning will retire.

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