EA Sports ran a simulation of the Super Bowl XLVIII match-up this coming Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks using Madden NFL 25 and wound up predicting a Broncos victory with a score of 31-28.
The simulation had Denver toppling Seattle in dramatic fashion: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch brought the team to within two points on a last-second 27-yard touchdown run before the team successfully scored two more on the two-point conversion attempt to take the game to overtime. The sim then showed Seattle stalling out in the first possession of overtime before Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted the game-winning field goal. Broncos quarterback (and noted Papa John's pizza spokesman) Peyton Manning earned the Super Bowl MVP award thanks to his 322-yard, three touchdown performance in the simulation.
EA's Super Bowl simulations have a decent track record, as the publisher has successfully named the Super Bowl winners in eight out of the last ten years by using the latest roster files in the current Madden game. If that's not a testament to the work of Madden Ratings Czar Donny Moore, then we're not sure what is. Head past the break to see the list of EA Sports' Super Bowl predictions in recent years and each game's actual outcome.
- Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004) - Madden: Patriots ; Reality: Patriots
- Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) - Madden: Patriots ; Reality: Patriots
- Super Bowl XL (2006) - Madden: Steelers ; Reality: Steelers
- Super Bowl XLI (2007) - Madden: Colts ; Reality: Colts
- Super Bowl XLII (2008) - Madden: Patriots ; Reality: Giants
- Super Bowl XLIII (2009) - Madden: Steelers ; Reality: Steelers
- Super Bowl XLIV (2010) - Madden: Saints ; Reality: Saints
- Super Bowl XLV (2011) - Madden: Steelers ; Reality: Packers
- Super Bowl XLVI (2012) - Madden: Giants ; Reality: Giants
- Super Bowl XLVII (2013) - Madden: Ravens ; Reality: Ravens
Manning Leads Denver to Dramatic Overtime Victory in Super Bowl XLVIII
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) Madden NFL 25 Super Bowl Prediction is calling for Peyton Manning to be the first ever quarterback to lead two different franchises to Super Bowl victories, with the Broncos defeating the Seahawks 31-28 in overtime. A video of the matchup can be found here. The Madden NFL Super Bowl prediction has correctly forecast 8 of the past 10 Lombardi Trophy winners, and last year accurately called Baltimore's large lead and San Francisco's furious comeback with the Ravens hanging on for the win.
The defenses of both the Broncos and Seahawks asserted themselves early, as the offenses struggled to score points. Richard Sherman further bolstered his case as the best cornerback in the game, returning an interception for a touchdown just before the half and sending the Seahawks to the locker room with the momentum and a 10-7 lead.
The Denver offense shook off the cold New Jersey air and got hot in the second half, with Peyton Manning attacking Richard Sherman and connecting with Demaryius Thomas for a 17-yard TD in the 3rd quarter. Later in the quarter Knowshon Moreno added a goal line run to give Denver a 21-10 lead. Even though Steven Hauschka managed a field goal as the period ended, the pendulum had clearly swung in the Broncos' direction.
Manning added a 24-yard touchdown to Wes Welker early in the 4th quarter, and Denver appeared ready to roll to their first Super Bowl victory since 1998. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks weren't willing to crown the Broncos just yet, as a touchdown pass from Wilson to Golden Tate and a last-second 27-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch pulled the Seahawks to within two points, and the successful conversion knotted things up to send the contest to overtime.
Denver's defense, shell-shocked from their 4th quarter collapse and Lynch's bruising TD run, steeled their resolve and stopped the Seahawks on the first overtime possession, forcing a punt. The Broncos managed to advance the ball to the Seahawks' 30-yard line, but their drive stalled there and John Fox called in the kicking unit. Matt Prater, the record-holder for the longest ever field goal in an NFL game, stepped in for his first attempt of the game and drilled a 48-yarder to seal the victory and send Broncos fans around the world out of their seats with elation.
In addition to winning his second Super Bowl ring Peyton Manning also earned MVP honors on the strength of his 322-yard, three touchdown performance. Demaryius Thomas also had a monster game, hauling in 11 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch was the game's top rusher, gashing the Denver defense for 109 yards and a touchdown.
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