If technology is any indication, it's time to throw in the terrible towel before the game even begins.
EA Sports revealed Tuesday that its Madden NFL 11 video game simulation predicts that the Pittsburgh Steelers will triumph over the Green Bay Packers, 24-20, to win Super Bowl XLV.
Clearly, this simulation is wrong, and Electronic Arts is out of its bloody mind.
Madden NFL 11 simulated this NFL season, including the playoffs, and correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC championship game.
Dating back to Super Bowl XXXVIII, EA Sports has run its annual Super Bowl sim using the latest version of the Madden NFL game. The Super Bowl XLV sim was powered using real-life data from each team to determine player ratings, and it includes variances like injuries to predict the result.
Six out of the last seven Super Bowl champions have been accurately predicted by Madden NFL, according to EA:
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Madden sim: Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX
Madden sim: Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL
Madden sim: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI
Madden sim: Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII
Madden sim: Patriots 20, Giants 10
Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII
Madden sim: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV
Madden sim: Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17
So with a track record like that some in Packerland might be concerned.
But don't worry, it's only a game.