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Madden NFL 12 predicts Giants for Super Bowl win

Madden NFL 12 predicts the New York Giants will squeak out a victory over the New England Patriots with a late-game field goal.

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The Super Bowl kickoff lies less than a week away, and EA Sports has fulfilled its annual tradition of predicting the winner through an in-game simulation with Madden NFL 12. The outcome resulted in the New York Giants defeating the New England Patriots 27-24 in Super Bowl XLVI.

The simulation ended in suitably dramatic fashion, with Lawrence Tynes kicking a tense, last-minute 40-yard field goal for the win. Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named the sim-game's MVP with 25 of 39 completed passes, two touchdowns, and an interception. Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and one interception.

Before you call your bookies, though, you should know that the Madden series has a good track record for predicting wins, but not so much when it comes to details like the points-spread or particular plays. Six of the last eight Super Bowls have been accurately called by the yearly Madden simulation, but it's never gotten the score precisely correct. The last time the Giants took on the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, EA predicted a high-scoring game with the Patriots victorious, but the actual game was low-scoring and the Giants took home the title.

You can check out a highlight reel of the simulated Super Bowl below.

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    January 30, 2012 10:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Madden NFL 12 predicts Giants for Super Bowl win.

    Madden NFL 12 predicts the New York Giants will squeak out a victory over the New England Patriots with a late-game field goal.

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      January 30, 2012 3:47 PM

      I ran this simulation like 6 different times with a bunch of different settings...the pats won every time

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      January 30, 2012 4:08 PM

      Historically how accurate is this tradition?

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        January 30, 2012 7:05 PM

        It's actually 6 for 7 according to ESPN.

        Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 23, Panthers 20 (actual score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29)
        Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 47, Eagles 31 (actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21)
        Super Bowl XL: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19 (actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10)
        Super Bowl XLI: Colts 38, Bears 27 (actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17)
        Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24 (actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23)
        Super Bowl XLIV: Saints 35, Colts 31 (actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17)
        ---Super Bown XLV: Steelers 24, Packers 20 (actual score: Packers 31, Steelers 25)

        http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/easims?id=6072052

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          January 30, 2012 7:07 PM

          Err, I guess that was last year's article so 6 for 8. Still pretty good.

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          January 30, 2012 7:57 PM

          damn I forgot the panthers got to a super bowl

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