It's not uncommon for video game companies to run simulations of big games in their products to whip up a little consumer interest before the events. But when Electronic Arts' "Madden NFL" puts on its prognostication helmet, it's worth listening to what it has to say.
The long-running franchise, coming off last year's perfect prediction of the game, has projected the winner for Super Bowl 50: the Carolina Panthers.
The video game predicts the Panthers will keep pounding to beat the Denver Broncos on Sunday by a score of 24-20, with a dramatic finish led by Panther quarterback Cam Newton.
Here's how it will play out, per the simulation. The first half will belong to the Panthers, starting with a big kick return by Ted Ginn Jr. By halftime, they'll have 17 unanswered points. But after Coldplay's halftime show, Peyton Manning and the Broncos will come roaring back, scoring 20.
With under a minute left, though, "Madden" predicts Newton will dive into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown. It also predicts Newton will get MVP honors.