From Katy Perry’s electric performance to the smash mouth football game itself that took place in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, there was a lot to take away from Super Bowl 49. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the game is the result and score itself.
It’s not because New England sealed a 4 point victory on a goal-line interception to prevent Seattle from taking a 3-point lead in the final two minutes (seriously, Pete, you call a pass on the one yard line with Beast Mode hungry for another touchdown?), but because EA Sports’ Madden NFL Football video game predicted the exact score in the game’s annual simulation.
The plays and the exact action might not have been emulated, but when it came down to it the simulation pegged New England as the winner in a 28 to 24 contest. That just goes to show how great video games have become from a realism standpoint (and is a big reason why we love the games as told in our Madden Mobile review from last year).
For what it’s worth, Madden has been wrong before (they had Seattle losing to the Broncos in last year’s simulation), but we imagine the result of yesterday’s game put a nice smile on EA’s face as it makes for some good residual advertising. Nothing will be cooler than the late, great camel named Princess that accurately predicted Super Bowl outcomes for years (sadly, she died in early 2014), but hey — it’s something.