Another year, another Super Bowl, another dead-on prediction from the folks behind the “Madden NFL” game series.
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 defence 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 honours, making him the most decorated player in Super Bowl history.”