Surprisingly successful 'Madden' simulation predicts Super Bowl thriller

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“Madden” has a surprisingly successful track record of predicting Super Bowl winners.

The EA Sports NFL video game has simulated Super Bowls before they happened since 2004. Ten out of 15 times it has predicted the winner.

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In 2015, it picked the exact score of the New England Patriots’ 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Three years later, it picked the Patriots to come from behind to beat the Atlanta Falcons.

“Madden” predicts a massive game from Aaron Donald on Sunday. (Getty)
“Madden” predicts a massive game from Aaron Donald on Sunday. (Getty)

Madden simulates Rams in a thriller

So if that means anything to you and you’re a Los Angeles Rams fan, here’s some good news.

“Madden NFL 19” simulated a 30-27 Rams win over the Patriots on Sunday.

And the game flow reads like a reasonable path to a Rams win.

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Madden predicts that Bill Belichick will hone in on the strength of the Rams by limiting Todd Gurley and forcing them to beat the Patriots elsewhere. That, of course, is Belichick’s calling card. C.J. Anderson leads the Rams with 64 rushing yards in the simulation.

Aaron Donald goes wild

But beat them elsewhere, the Rams do, rallying from a 17-3 halftime deficit behind a second-half offensive explosion and dominant effort from defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

Donald records four sacks in the simulation to earn MVP honors. Punching Tom Brady in the mouth is a formula that worked twice for the New York Giants in their pair of Super Bowl wins over the Patriots.

Meanwhile, Jared Goff outgains Tom Brady through the air with 303 passing yards compared to Brady’s 287. With Gurley limited, receiver Robert Woods becomes a star with eight catches for 104 yards and touchdown.

Gurley finds his Super Bowl moment

But Gurley gets his moment in the end, breaking through for the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run.

It’s a completely believable game story that could be the formula for a Rams win. So regardless if “Madden” ends up getting it right again, it’s a solid effort from EA Sports.

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