Another year, another Super Bowl, another dead-on prediction from the folks behind the “Madden NFL” game series.
- EA Sports
Days before Super Bowl 51 kicked off, the folks at EA Sports were busy putting the latest version of “Madden NFL” through a simulation of the big game. And while their eerily accurate simulation of the real-life NFL and its players didn’t get the final score right, “Madden NFL 17” did accurately predict the winner – it even nailed how the New England Patriots would pull off their late-game upset over the Atlanta Falcons.
“In the second half the tides began to turn,” the official play-by-play release from EA Sports says, “as the Patriots exploited an aggressive Falcons defense with short passes and quick attacks.”
And indeed, that’s not too far from the reality – the Falcons led the Patriots for the vast majority of Super Bowl 51… until the Patriots turned it around in the second half.
That’s where EA’s simulation falls apart; “Madden NFL 17” didn’t predict the insane overtime, and it didn’t get the final score right either. “Madden” put the game at 27-24, while the actual final score was 34-28.
There was one final prediction that the game nailed: “[Tom] Brady is also expected to once again earn Super Bowl MVP honors, making him the most decorated player in Super Bowl history.”
- AP Photo/Morry Gash