The New England Patriots claim their sixth Super Bowl title by beating the Philadelphia Eagles in Madden NFL 18's official simulation. Another NFL season is about to come to a close, with the championship game the only one left on the schedule. The Patriots, last year's champs, are looking to repeat as they face an upstart Eagles team that rebounded nicely from a 7-9 campaign in 2016. Both teams were the top seeds in their respective conferences, finishing the regular season with identical 13-3 records.
As we inch closer to Super Bowl Sunday, moviegoers are interested in learning which film trailers will debut during the broadcast, but plenty of people will be tuning in just to see who wins the football game. Since the matchup was set, there has been a plethora of predictions, and now the ever-famous Madden NFL video game has weighed in with their own take on how things could play out.
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.