Madden NFL 11 - EA Sports Forget Punxsutawney Phil
-- Madden 11, EA's pigskin prognosticator, has emerged from its burrow just in
time to make its annual wintery pick.
And it's going with Pittsburgh.
According to the simulation, the Steelers storm back from an
early fourth quarter deficit to narrowly beat the Green Bay Packers, 24-20, nabbing
their record seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy. With five catches for 111 yards -- including
the game-winning TD -- Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace wins the MVP.
EA Sports has been using Madden to predict the Super Bowl
winner for years now, and the famed football franchise is proving eerily good
at it. Not only has Madden correctly picked six of the last seven winners, it's
actually been quite close on the final scores in a few of them.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Madden: Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX
Madden: Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL
Madden: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI
Madden: Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII -- WHOOPS
Madden: Patriots 38, Giants 30
Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII
Madden: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV
Madden: Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17
So it botched the underdog Giants victory in 2008, but check out the
scores of the two recent Pittsburgh wins. Madden might not be Grays Sports Almanac, but with that kind of track record, we're not inclined to bet against it.
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