New England Patriots Win In Madden NFL 18's Super Bowl Prediction
Per EA’s annual simulation, New England emerged victorious by a score of 24-20. Quarterback Tom Brady earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the fifth time in his career, throwing for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Despite that performance, the game was ultimately decided by a stellar defensive play from Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore, who deflected a last-second pass away to seal the win. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, apparently recovered from his concussion, led all receivers with 107 yards and a score. In a losing effort, backup Eagles quarterback Nick Foles posted 241 yards and one touchdown. Philadelphia running back Jay Ajayi was the game’s leading rusher with 73 yards and a touchdown.
Madden started simulating the Super Bowl in 2004 and has proven to be very accurate with their predictions. The video game’s record in that time is a strong 10-4, which is good news for Patriots fans. Last year, Madden was correct by saying New England would defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, although no one anticipated just how the Pats came out on top. In real-life, New England needed a furious rally to erase a 28-3 deficit and win in overtime, 34-28. Odds are, this year’s Super Bowl won’t be nearly as iconic, but it still should be a great game between two talented teams.
For Eagles fans holding out hope, one of the few times Madden was wrong about the Super Bowl involved the Patriots. When the 18-0 team from 2007 faced the wild card New York Giants, the video game had New England winning 38-30, but the Giants pulled off one of sports’ biggest upsets with a 17-14 win. After losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz to injury, Philly has embraced the role of the underdog, so being “doubted” by Madden could just add more fuel to the fire.