Quantcast

Giants Beat Patriots in Super Bowl 46 According to Madden Simulation

Since 2004, EA Sports’ Madden NFL game has been used to predict the winner of the Super Bowl. Call it a coincidence if you want, but the game has been surprisingly accurate. The simulation has predicted the correct winner six out of eight times, and even came within a point on either side of picking the exact score at Super Bowl 44.  Last season, the game had the Steelers winning by a score of 24-20.  Giants fans are hoping the simulation is due for a correct year.

The game predicted the Giants will win Super Bowl 46 by a final score of 27-24.  The Giants were leading 24-10 in the fourth quarter before Tom Brady led his offense to 14 unanswered points to tie the game.  However, the Patriots left 1:50 on the clock which was enough time for Eli Manning to set Lawrence Tynes up for a 40-yard game-winner.  According to Madden, the Giants officially own the Patriots.

Obviously the simulation has no bearing on the outcome of the actual game, but it is pretty amazing how realistic the game can be.  It takes real-life statistics and rankings into account, so the outcome is not completely random by any means.  Manning led more fourth-quarter comebacks than any quarterback in the NFL this season, so it is conceivable that the Super Bowl would end on such a drive.  The Patriots defense has also been an issue for Bill Belichick all season, so it is certainly plausible that they would allow 24 point in the first three quarters of the game.

If Madden turns out to be right, Manning will win his second Super Bowl MVP award after throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.  Hakeem Nicks will also receive serious consideration for the award after his 134 yards and a score.  Rob Gronkowski plays and scores.  Brady throws for 327 yards and three touchdowns, but it’s not enough.

So there you have it.  If you believe in the accuracy of the Madden NFL Super Bowl simulation, just sit back and enjoy the game on Sunday.  You already know the outcome.  The rest of us are excited to see how it turns out.

Torrey Smith Knows All About the Patriots from Playing Madden

If Bill Belichick finds a way to have the New England Patriots removed from the Madden video game series next year, don’t be surprised. As we all know, Belichick is the ultimate man of mystery. When it comes to injury reports and other inside information, he tells absolutely nothing. Once he hears that Ravens receiver Torrey Smith knows all about the Patriots’ offensive ability and knows them all by name because of Madden, he might try to have every remaining copy pulled from the shelves.

“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” the rookie speedster said Monday according to Shutdown Corner. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game. I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them. I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”

We know there are people out there who believe in the Madden curse, but could the game actually have something to provide in the scouting department?  In reality, I don’t think Smith needed a video game to tell him the Patriots have an explosive offense.  Not to mention, New England’s offense doesn’t really concern him.

Smith should be salivating at the fact that the Patriots’ defense has been beatable all season long — especially at the corner position.  Following a Pro Bowl rookie season, cornerback Devin McCourty has been torched all year long on the deep ball.  If Joe Flacco can deliver, the potential for a big play or two should present itself on Sunday afternoon.  Perhaps Madden ’12 has given Smith some ideas about the perfect route to run.

Peyton Hillis now believes in Madden Curse

2011 has been a disastrous season for Peyton Hillis. The Browns running back was slowed by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games. He sat out a game at his agent’s urging because he was ill. It was that type of poor attitude that led to an intervention with his teammates.

After having such an awful season, Hillis admitted Thursday that the infamous Madden Curse is real.

“No doubt about it,” Hillis said. “Things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”

Hillis has finally come back and has put together back-to-back weeks of solid production. Now that his free agent value is destroyed, he’s trying to rebuild his image as the fan favorite that helped him land the cover of the Madden Football video game. I say it’s too little too late.

Hillis is clearly influenced by his agent too easily and allowed his personal issues to turn him into a bad teammate. He never was really that great of a player to begin with. Hillis overplayed his hand and is now paying for it. The good news is that he’s finally been humbled again, allowing him to play his best.

Peyton Hillis Wins Madden Cover Vote, is America’s Favorite White Running Back

ESPN announced Wednesday that Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis beat Michael Vick to win the cover of the Madden NFL 12 video game. Even though we covered Hillis’ run to the semis, we didn’t see him emerging from the pack.

Maybe we should have.

It probably didn’t hurt Hillis that Packers fans voted against Aaron Rodgers because they didn’t want him to suffer the curse. But how did Hillis defeat the ever popular Michael Vick? There is only one possible answer: he ran with the white running back mystique.

Cleveland Browns fans are numerous and passionate, but they can’t possibly overpower every other fan base in the NFL. And I don’t believe some sort of Rory Fitzpatrick scheme was at work either. This was about one thing — race. America loves white running backs and this is confirmation. Here’s more on the matter if you’re interested.

Buffalo Bills’ New Uniforms Leaked in Madden NFL 12 Teaser Video

The Buffalo Bills will unveil new jerseys for the upcoming season and it turns out their new look can be seen in a Madden NFL 12 teaser video. The discovery was made by Chris Trapasso who noticed it while watching the promo video, and it was confirmed by Tim Graham. The Bills’ new unis have an old school feel to them, similar to the throwbacks they have worn recently. Graham has more details on what the uniforms will feature.

“The helmets will be white with the blue charging buffalo and gray facemasks. Jerseys will have broad stripes on the shoulders instead of the sleeve bottom. Pants will be blue or white, the opposite of the jersey. Blue pants will have red-between-white piping. White pants will have red-between-blue piping.

Socks will have blue-and-white striped tops, and players will have the option to wear blue or white shoes as opposed to black. Belts are believed to be gray.”

For a comparison between the new and old uniforms, here’s what they wore last season:

[Read more...]

Aaron Rodgers: Packers Fans Didn’t Want Him to Win the Madden Cover Vote

As we wrote earlier this week, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis actually beat Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the semifinals of the Madden cover vote. Unlike past years when EA Sports selected the player who would appear on the cover of the game, EA decided to create a 32-player tournament and leave the vote to the fans. Rodgers was beat out by Hillis and expressed some disappointment.

He told WKNR in Cleveland Wednesday “I think it definitely would’ve been cool. It was a game that I played as a kid. Not really a game I play anymore, but I played as a kid growing up. I was able to keep up with it through my twitter. I know there were a lot of Green Bay fans that were voting against me because they believe in the so-called Madden curse, but I was following it for sure.”

Rodgers may be somewhat disappointed but Packers fans are not. It’s probably better this way for Rodgers’ longevity. There’s a long history of players appearing on the cover and getting hurt, including Troy Polamalu two seasons ago, and possibly Drew Brees last year.

Aaron, you may have to settle for covergirls instead of cover games for the time being, but that may not even be a bad thing.

Thanks to Deadspin and Sports Radio Interviews for the transcript

Peyton Hillis Riding White Running Back Mystique to Madden Cover Vote Semis

Unlike past years when the cover of the popular John Madden football video game was selected by EA Sports, this year they chose to have the cover determined by a vote. Sports Nation has hosted a 32-player March Madness-style tournament (one athlete per team) to determine who will end up on the cover of the game. They’re down to the semifinals and the four remaining players are Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, and Peyton Hillis. Ask yourself one question: which athlete does not belong?

In that group, we have a Super Bowl MVP, the MVP runner up, a four-time Pro Bowler, and a guy who has 1,574 career yards and 17 touchdowns. The guy with the fewest accolades out of that group is by far Peyton Hillis.

Don’t get me wrong, Peyton Hillis was pretty outstanding last year until getting hurt, but he really doesn’t belong with those three just yet. Those other three guys are stars in the game while Hillis has had one good year. And his one good year wasn’t even as good as say, Arian Foster’s one good year. So how did he end up in the semifinals of this tournament?

[Read more...]