BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re a believer in video game predictions, then things don’t look too good for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
The annual simulation of the Super Bowl by EA Sports resulted in the Giants eking out a 27-24 victory over the Patriots in the big game. Quarterback Eli Manning earned MVP honors for going 25-for-39 for 342 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The simulation showed the Giants leading 24-14 lead through three quarters. The Patriots stormed back to tie the game with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, but the Giants drove down the field before Lawrence Tynes drilled the game-winning 40-yard field goal.
Tom Brady finished the simulated game 28-for-42 for 327 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Wes Welker (eight catches, 106 yards, touchdown) and Rob Gronkowski (seven catches, 88 yards, touchdown) accounted for most of that damage, with Aaron Hernandez catching the other touchdown. On the other side of the ball, Victor Cruz had seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.
The Madden simulation has correctly predicted the Super Bowl winner in six of the last eight seasons. One of those misfires was the Patriots’ last Super Bowl against the Giants, when the Madden simulation called for a 38-30 Patriots victory.
Tune in to Super Bowl XLVI on 98.5 The Sports Hub on February 5, the only place you can hear the local call of the game!