This shouldn’t really surprise you, considering their pretty stellar prediction record, but EA’s Madden franchise totally nailed this year’s Super Bowl.
Last night, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 34 to 31. In the annual simulation that’s used to predict every big game since 2004, Madden said that the Ravens would win 27-24.
Ok, so the score’s not perfectly accurate. But the spread is. Madden said that a Justin Tucker field goal would be the difference in the game, and when it was all over on Sunday evening, that’s exactly what separated the two teams.
Not only that, but Madden predicted that the Ravens’ Ed Reed would intercept Niners’ QB Colin Kaepernick. Madden didn’t quite get the timing right (they said it would be in the final minutes), but they were right in that Ed Reed would snag a pick.
The Madden simulation also correctly predicted that Joe Flacco would win MVP honors. Madden’s stat line gave Flacco 260 passing yards on 19 of 27 passing (70%) and two touchdowns. In reality, Flacco racked up 287 yards on 22 of 33 passing (67%) and three touchdowns.
Pretty damn close.
Madden NFL’s Super Bowl predictions have now been right 8 out of the last 10 years. The only two predictions they’ve ever missed were the Super Bowls won by Wild Card teams (Packers in 2011 and Giants in 2008).
Speaking of Madden, we just learned that Madden 25 would be coming out on August 27th.