Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans. The official EA SPORTS Madden NFL Super Bowl LI Game Simulation has Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as the Super Bowl winners.
Why is that good news? A year ago, the simulation predicted the Carolina Panthers would beat the Denver Broncos in the Big Game. And we all know how that turned out.
But as far as the Super Bowl LI simulation goes, Brady is poised to be the only five time winning Super Bowl quarterback and earn MVP honors.
The simulation predicts a good game as it’s tight going in to the fourth quarter. Here’s that breakdown courtesy of EA Sports.
The final period started as a defensive slugfest, with neither team able to get into scoring position. Things finally broke open late in the game when Matt Ryan put together a sustained drive, capping it off with a 12-yard touchdown to Mohamed Sanu Sr., giving the Falcons a 24 – 20 lead.
With under four minutes left to play, Brady and company returned to the field with their sights set on victory. They showed tremendous patience, riding short passes and the power run game to march the ball across midfield, but with less than two minutes to play they knew they had to find the end zone. The Falcons defense, harangued by Brady and company all day, stiffened and forced the Pats into a 4th and 4 situation with only 20 seconds to go. With his Super Bowl legacy on the line, Brady turned to his most trusted receiver, hitting Julian Edelman for the game-winning touchdown and history is made.
Brady caps the game at 30 for 39 with 305, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. Patriot running backs LaGarrette Blount (78 yards) and Dion Lewis (32 yards) combined for over 100 yards on the ground. Julian Edelman grabbed nine passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and Chris Hogan nabbed three balls for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Although it was wrong last year, the Super Bowl simulation correctly predicted the Patriots would come back from a 10 point third quarter deficit to beat the Seattle Seahawks. Of course, no one — not even the Madden simulation — would predict Pete Carroll would make such boneheaded play calls near the end zone.
More good news for those who haven’t been sucked in to Madden. You can relive the season or start the arduous rebuilding process in franchise mode for the best price yet. Xbox Live or PlayStation Network players can grab the Madden NFL 17 for $20 until Feb. 6.
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