Forget the oddsmakers, if you really want to know who's going to win the big game, break out your copy of Madden.
The long-running Electronic Arts videogame franchise, in its annual prediction of the Super Bowl last week, not only predicted the New England Patriots' last minute comeback to defeat the Seattle Seahawks, it nailed the final 28-24 score. And that was just the start of its Nostradamus-like qualities.
Tom Brady's fourth-quarter game-winning pass to Julian Edelman? Yep, it told fans that would happen. MVP? It named Tom Brady long before the NFL got around to it. It also knew the Patriots would score first—and what the score would be at the end of the third quarter.
The predictions were made on Jan. 26, using a game that was run on Microsoft's Xbox One console system. And the accuracy went way beyond the final score and winning play.
Take a look at a few of the statistical predictions of the game, versus the real like performance of the players:
- Brady: Madden predicted he'd pass for 355 yards with four touchdowns. (He passed for 328 yards—with four TDs.)
- Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch: Prediction: 188 yards, two TDs. Reality: 102 yards, one TD
- Edelman: In the Madden simulation, eight catches, 106 yards and one TD. In the Super Bowl, nine catches, 109 yards and one TD