Sorry Cheeseheads, Madden has spoken.
EA Sports announced today that they ran their eighth annual Madden simulation of the upcoming Super Bowl, and the game has predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers will eke out a win over the Green Bay Packers, 24-20. Every year, EA simulates the entire NFL season using the most recent version of Madden, culminating with a prediction for who’ll go all the way.
According to the simulation, Pittsburgh will hold a narrow lead for the most of the game. Green Bay will mount a fourth quarter comeback to take the lead, but Roethlisberger will ultimately throw one last TD pass, taking back the lead and securing the win. Surprisingly, the simulation named Steelers receiver Mike Wallace Super Bowl MVP over star QB Ben Roethlisberger. Earlier in the season, Madden 2011 simulated the entire season, and correctly picked the Packers as NFC champion.
Using a video game to make a Super Bowl prediction may seem silly, but Madden has correctly predicted six of the last seven bowls. The only one it failed to anticipate was the New York Giants’ 2007 win over the New England Patriots.