EA Sports, makers of Madden NFL games, today released the results of its Super Bowl XLIV simulation and said the New Orleans Saints will dismantle the Indianapolis Colts by a 35-31 margin to take home their first Super Bowl title.
Here’s how EA says the game will go down:
“The first three quarters display the offensive fireworks that both teams have become known for, with the Colts leading 24-21. A nail biting fourth quarter begins with a big play, courtesy of the Saints’ special teams, when Reggie Bush returns a punt for a 42-yard touchdown. However, with minutes left in the game the duo of Joseph Addai and Peyton Manning put the Colts back on top with a go-ahead touchdown pass. With the game hanging in the balance, Drew Brees hits David Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown and the game winning score.”
How accurate is the simulation? Well, EA has simulated the Super Bowl every year since 2004 and, with the exception of the Giants victory over the Patriots in 2008, has been freakishly correct every year.
Last year the simulation said the Steelers would defeat the Cardinals and they did, with the simulation only missing the final outcome of the game by one point for each team. Scary, right?
Sounds like we’re in for a showdown this weekend. Also, keep an eye out for the Dante’s Inferno commercial, though it won’t look like this.