Madden NFL 17 ran the franchise’s annual Super Bowl simulation last night, and EA reports that the New England Patriots will emerge victorious over the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 27-24 in Super Bowl LI.
For as well known as the “Madden Curse” is, the series is also freakishly accurate when it comes to picking the winner of the Super Bowl. As a Patriots fan, I know this all too well. The curse claimed our all-star tight end Rob Gronkowski after he appeared on the cover and was knocked out halfway through the season with an injury to his lungs and ribs.
And two years ago, the simulator predicted the Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks so accurately, it correctly predicted the final score and even the final touchdown. Last year, however, the simulator was wrong for the first time in years picking the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
The Broncos dominated the game with a 24-10 pounding, bringing the simulation’s overall record to 9-4 since it first started its predictions.
This is not science, but that doesn’t matter in the NFL
Of course, the game will be held on Sunday evening, and plenty can change between now and then. Human elements can come into factor, the numbers might not add up for certain players on that particular night. The simulation is hardly something to base how the actual game will turn out. There is only one absolute in football.
Tom Brady is the GOAT!