Super Bowl 50: Madden NFL '16 predicts Carolina Panthers over Denver Broncos

By Alex Butler  |  Feb. 1, 2016 at 3:51 PM
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Video game giant Electronic Arts has been correct 75 percent of the time when it predicts the outcome of the Super Bowl based on its Madden franchise simulations.

With this year's version of the game, the California-based developer's simulation resulted in a 24-20 victory for the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos.

In the simulation, the Broncos trailed 17-0 at halftime. Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos then scored 20 unanswered points, before a late Panthers score sealed the victory.

EA has run simulations for the last 12 Super Bowls -- nine have been accurate predictions. Not only did the developer correctly pick New England as the winner in last year's Super Bowl, against Seattle, it even predicted the score (28-24) correctly.

"Nine out of 12. Those are pretty good odds," said. "That's how many times the Madden NFL Prediction correctly picked the winner of the past 12 Super Bowls. And let's not forget about last year -- when we accurately predicted the final score of Super Bowl XLIX."

The video game simulations have accurately predicted the following Super Bowls: XXXVIII (Patriots, 2004), XXXIX (Patriots, 2005), XL (Steelers, 2006), XLI (Colts, 2007), XLIII (Steelers, 2009), XLIV (Saints, 2010), XLVI (Giants, 2012), XLVII (Ravens, 2013), and XLIX.

EA's Super Bowl misses occurred in XLII (Giants, 2008), XLV (Packers, 2011), and XLVIII (Seahawks, 2014).

Super Bowl 50 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and will be broadcast live by CBS.

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