According to all-knowing football savant Madden 16, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will defeat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 24-20 in Super Bowl 50.
If the Madden 16 prediction is correct, Carolina will take a 17-0 lead into the half before Denver goes balls to the wall, ripping off 20 unanswered points to seize a fourth-quarter lead. However, in the final play of the game, a run by Panthers quarterback and dab-master Cam Newton will cease the game for Carolina.
You may be skeptical of the validity of Madden 16‘s Super Bowl 50 prediction, but I will remind you that Madden 15 picked the exact score of Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24. The game was even able to predict the deciding touchdown (Julian Edelman, catching a pass from Tom Brady). Madden NFL 15 also came within a hair of predicting the passing and receiving yardage totals for both players, too.
Newton, who is the favourite for league MVP, will also be the Super Bowl 50 MVP according to Madden 16, passing for 216 yards and one touchdown. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, in what may be the swan song for his hall-of-fame career, will throw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, says the video game.
Since its introduction in 2004 with Super Bowl XXVIII, EA Sports’ simulation has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner in 9 out of 12 contests. Moreover, it’s been solid against both the point spread and over/under lines Vegas bookmakers have set for the game. Madden is 8-4 against the spread, and has won against the over/under the past four years straight.
This simulation is admittedly unscientific, the computer controlling both teams in a game run just once on Pro difficulty. But EA Sports is justifiably proud of how well its marquee game has done predicting the Super Bowl. The Madden franchise has also came up big calling victories in 2013 for Baltimore, then a 4.5-point underdog to San Francisco, and in 2010 for New Orleans, a 5-point dog to Indianapolis.
Last week, Madden NFL 16 was added to the EA Access “vault” of free games available to Xbox One subscribers.