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With New Orleans already crowded with Super Bowl media and fans, Electronic Arts has given analysts something more to talk about in the buildup to the big game at the Superdome. According to a Madden NFL 13 simulation run on Xbox 360, the Baltimore Ravens will defeat the San Francisco 49ers in a close game by the score of 27-24. Ray Lewis will retire from the NFL with two Lombardi trophies as a Super Bowl XLVII champion.
While some might think this is just a video game, the EA Sports Madden NFL Super Bowl Prediction continues to be one of the most accurate prognosticators of the NFL’s biggest game. The prediction accurately has called seven of the last nine Super Bowls and was two points away from predicting the exact final score of the 2009 matchup between the Steelers and Cardinals.
“It’s been uncanny how spot-on the Super Bowl simulation has been the last few years,” said Anthony Stevenson, senior director of marketing for EA Sports. “We’ve run simulations throughout the playoffs as well, and we’ve certainly done better than analysts have. This highlights how great of a gameplay engine the Madden franchise has and how realistic it is.”
In the simulation, living up to his preseason claims that he was indeed an elite quarterback, Joe Flacco took home MVP honors completing 19 of 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. En route to his first Super Bowl victory, Flacco eliminated a number of young signal callers and future Hall-of-Famers including Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick.
In the simulation, both the Ravens and 49ers were held to first quarter field goals as the two top-10 defenses imposed their will to start the game. But any illusions of a low-scoring affair were shattered in the second quarter when the 49ers’ Frank Gore scored on a 19-yard run and Joe Flacco quickly answered with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. Later in the quarter, Baltimore added a Ray Rice touchdown run to secure a 17-10 halftime lead.
The Ravens continued to pour it on in the third quarter, with Flacco tossing a 24-yard strike to Anquan Boldin to stretch the Baltimore lead to 14. San Francisco refused to go quietly though, getting an early fourth quarter touchdown from Gore and adding a game-tying 12-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Vernon Davis just before the two-minute warning.
Baltimore wasn’t about to let the 49ers spoil Lewis’ retirement party though, methodically moving the ball down the field on the back of Rice and capping the drive with a 40-yard field goal from rookie kicker Justin Tucker to push the Ravens ahead 27-24. The 49ers made one last attempt at capturing their sixth Lombardi Trophy, but an Ed Reed interception of a pass from Kaepernick with 10 seconds remaining capped the Ravens’ second Super Bowl title in franchise history and proved once more that defense wins championships.
This week the EA Sports Tiburon team will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the Super Bowl live from New Orleans. Fans are invited to become a Madden Insider for exclusive information on Facebook including interviews with athletes at Super Bowl Media Day hosted by Von Miller and an inside look at the Madden Bowl XIX red carpet with Arian Foster at the Bud Light Hotel.
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