'Madden' simulates Super Bowl XLVI

EA Sports has been on a roll of late predicting NFL winners.

Not only did they predict a Giants versus Patriots Super Bowl in the Conference Championship simulations just a couple of weeks ago, but they came within a few points of actually simulating the exact score of the New York/San Francisco game (sim: 23-19, real: 20-17).

Utilizing the "Madden" engine, EA Sports has also managed to correctly predict six of the last eight Super Bowl winners, including these impressive results:

  • Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 23, Panthers 20 (Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29)

  • Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 47, Eagles 31 (Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21)

  • Super Bowl XL: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19 (Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10)

  • Super Bowl XLI: Colts 38, Bears 27 (Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17)

  • Super Bowl XLIII : Steelers 28, Cardinals 24 (Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23)

  • Super Bowl XLIV: Saints 35, Colts 31 (Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17)

    So what does the game's Artificial Intelligence predict will happen in Super Bowl XLVI? Looks like the G-Men are about to pull off another upset.

    Here is the official game recap provided by EA Sports:

    The New York Giants captured their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy, defeating the New England Patriots 27-24 in Super Bowl XLVI, according to the annual EA Sports 'Madden NFL' Super Bowl simulation powered by Xbox 360.

    Kicker Lawrence Tynes kicked a game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Giants past the AFC Champion Patriots, bringing home the Giants' second Super Bowl championship in four years.

    The exciting ending was reminiscent of what took place in the title game four seasons ago when the Giants stunned the Patriots 17-14 after a heroic game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII.

    Giants Quarterback Eli Manning was named the game's MVP, completing 25 of 39 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. New England's Tom Brady also had a big day, throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

    Most of Brady's best moments came late in the game.

    Trailing 24-10 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Brady led New England on a furious rally, scoring two touchdowns to tie the game 24-24, the second coming on a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Wes Welker with 1:50 left on the clock.

    Unfortunately for New England, there was still plenty of time left for Manning and the Giants' offense.

    Mixing in short passes to wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, and with key runs by running back Ahmad Bradshaw, Manning drove New York down the field and into New England Territory, setting up Tynes' second game-winning conversion in two games.