That’s it, put your money on Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
The word comes from the Madden NFL 11 simulation of the Super Bowl, which has correctly guessed six of the last seven winners.
That’s as good a record as any sports broadcaster and better than a few oddsmakers over the same time period.
An EA Sports simulation also predicted Spain’s World Cup victory.
EA’s regular season simulation crowned the Green Bay Packers as NFC champions. In the Super Bowl sim, Green Bay took a lead early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit wide receiver Mike Wallace with a slant pass leading to a 36-yard touchdown. That put Pittsburgh up 24-20 with 1:20 left in the game.
Green Bay then drove into Pittsburgh territory with no timeouts. Packer signal caller Aaron Rodgers then tried to connect with wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark intercepted the pass, ending the game with a Pittsburgh victory. Pittsburgh’s Wallace was named Super Bowl MVP due to his five catch, 111-yard performance including the game-winning touchdown.
If EA’s sim gets the details close, this should be an exciting game. Even though the teams in the game are considered the best two in the sport, several Super Bowls have been blowouts. One way or the other, at least we’ll have some cool new commercials to watch.