EA Predicts Winner Of The Super Bowl


Posted January 23, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

There's no reason to watch the upcoming Super Bowl; EA Sports has already determined the winner using Madden NFL 09. According to EA, The Steelers are going to take the trophy in Super Bowl XLIII by only four points, after a hard-fought squeaker of a game. Final score: 28 to 24.

I ran a series of Super Bowl simulations in my mind, and I predict a different outcome. Here's my scenario: The Philadelphia Eagles, angry at having lost to the Cardinals, will invade the stadium on vintage 1960s Harley choppers. Soon after, the Dallas Cowboy will land in a rocket, forcing Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger to join forces to defeat Kurt Warner's Dalazonia Cardinal-Boys by over 8,000 points.

Also, someone that will be at the Super Bowl party you attend will say, "I like the commercials better than the game!" and think they are the first person who ever said this.

Hit the cut for EA's much more plausible blow-by-blow of the game... and leave your own prediction in our comment section. If anyone guesses the final score exactly right, you'll earn a hearty "word-up!" from TheFeed and we'll tell everyone that you're the goodest at picking scores. You can't even buy that sort of publicity.

EA's play-by-play:

The start of Super Bowl XLIII became a defensive struggle, but Pittsburgh put the first points up with a 10-yard touchdown reception to Santonio Holmes, with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. 

The Cardinals returned the favor with their reinvigorated running game as Edgerrin James diced through the vaunted Steelers defense with 8-yard touchdown run, near the start of the second quarter.  Pittsburgh, showing great balance, quickly swung the momentum in their favor with two consecutive touchdowns – a 10-yard scamper by "Fast" Willie Parker, and a 13-yard strike to Hines Ward.  The Steelers headed into halftime with a 21-7 lead and the route appeared to be on.

Despite their high-powered air attack, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, kept to the successful running attack as the third quarter opened.  The Cardinals made a statement as again they punctured the Steel Curtain with an Edgerrin James 14-yard touchdown run; drawing the score to 21-14.  The Steelers, unfazed, looked like they had potentially put the Cards down for good with Santonio Holmes's second touchdown reception.  At the close of the third quarter, the score was 28-14 in favor of Pittsburgh.

Taking a page from the Steelers defense, the Cardinals held tough and would not surrender any additional points.  This coupled with Pro-Bowl receiver, Larry Fitzgerald's 15-yard touchdown catch midway through the 4th, brought the Cards within seven points.  Neil Rackers added a 45-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining in the game, closing the gap to 28-24.  On the following possession, Pittsburgh was able to break through for a few first downs; leaving the Arizona comeback short.

EA Predicts Winner Of The Super Bowl


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