Madden NFL 13 couldn’t have predicted a lot of things that happened during the Super Bowl. Honestly, who would have predicted a 34-minute blackout in the biggest sporting event of the year? But all the impromptu darkness aside, Madden NFL 13’s simulation correctly predicted the outcome of the game. It did so down to the margin of victory, a three-point win for the Baltimore Ravens. Actually, it’s a little Twilight Zone-ish how much stuff the video game got right.
It predicted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco would win the game’s MVP award. The video game was even correct in pinpointing which players would score. It gave touchdowns to Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin. It was spooky accurate on its stats for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In the sim he went 18 for 29 passing with a touchdown and an interception. In real life, Kaepernick went 16 for 28 with a touchdown and an interception. Since he didn’t start the season as the Niners QB, EA had to update his overall ratings as the season went on. These numbers indicate they did a pretty amazing job.
In the sim, Ravens safety Ed Reed picked him off to end the game. Reed intercepted Kaepernick in the actual Super Bowl as well. That’s eight out of the past ten Super Bowl winners it has correctly predicted. EA and GamerTell give you this information for entertainment purposes only.
The way things got to that point couldn’t have happened in any sim. After Baltimore jumped out to a 22-point lead, the lights in the Superdome went out. After the outage, the 49ers stormed back outscoring the Ravens 25-6. To ensure San Francisco wouldn’t have time to come back, Baltimore took an intentional safety which cut their lead to 34-31. Perhaps Madden’s next effort can include” power outage mode” if you’re playing the title game in New Orleans.