The Cincinnati Bengals may have gone one-and-out in the playoffs again this year, but that doesn’t mean local fans have washed their hands of the NFL. It’s Super Bowl week, after all, and everyone loves the festivities surrounding the Big Game. One growing tradition is the annual EA Sports Madden simulation of the upcoming game, and this year, Madden NFL 2015 is predicting a nail-biter for Super Bowl XLIX:
In this Madden rendition of Sunday’s showdown, the New England Patriots strike first, courtesy of a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski, but the Seattle Seahawks answered in the second quarter when Earl Thomas picks off a Brady that was headed for Gronk in the end zone and takes it all the way back for a touchdown. The first half ends with the Seahawks up 17-14.
Seattle extends their lead in the third when Marshawn Lynch rumbles into the end zone, but Tom Brady brings the Patriots back with another touchdown to Gronkowski. Then, as the game winds down, and trailing 24-21, Brady marches the Pats down the field and hits Julian Edelman on a short pass, but Edelman turns up field and dives into the end zone as time expires.
Predictably, Brady hoists the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl MVP.
Now, neither the Seahawks nor the Patriots garner much love outside of their respective markets, but it would be pretty exciting if the game actually played out like this, don’t you think?
In case you’re wondering, Madden has a pretty decent track record of predicting Super Bowl winners, having picked correctly in eight of the past 11 seasons:
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Given this history, you could look at this year’s prediction one of two ways: the Patriots are the favorites to win the Super Bowl based on Madden’s track record, or Madden just tends to underestimate these Seahawks.
Whichever way you choose to look at it, there is nothing like the Super Bowl, and the 49th edition is almost upon us!