Madden NFL has correctly predicted the winner in nine of the past 12 Super Bowls, but may have pulled off its most remarkable tout yet — nailing both the winner and the exact final score.
The New England Patriots just triumphed over the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24. On Monday, Madden NFL 15 said that's how the game would play out.
Madden's official simulation — which is run one time, the computer playing against itself, on veteran difficulty (second of four difficulty levels) — had the New England Patriots winning on a hail mary pass as time expired. In actuality, the Patriots won on an end-zone play that will be remembered for a very long time — but it was on defense.
Defensive back Malcolm Butler intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with 20 seconds to go. With Seattle facing second down on the goal line, and the nearly unstoppable running back Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, the decision to pass was so colossally stupid that you'd assume Madden's AI was broken if it predicted such a thing.
Madden's misses have been picking the Denver Broncos to win last year; taking the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, and going with heavy favorite New England in 2008. Everything else, it's gotten right since 2005. If someone used Madden's predictions to bet the game, they'd be 8-4 against the point spread.