Who Makes the Best Super Bowl Predictions?


Quick Answer

The "Madden" series of video games have been found to make numerous accurate predictions for who would win the Super Bowl. From 2004 to 2015, it correctly predicted the winner nine times.

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The "Madden NFL" video game series is developed by High Score Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It takes its name from former professional football player, coach and color commentator John Madden. The first game was released in 1988 as "John Madden Football" for the MS-DOS PC system. Each year, Electronic Arts uses the game's simulation mode, which allows the computer to play each time in an actual game, to run an official Super Bowl prediction in their Redwood City, California, headquarters.

In 2015, Electronic Arts' simulation for Super Bowl XLIX predicted that by the third quarter of the game, the Seattle Seahawks would be beating the New England Patriots by a score of 24-14, and that by the end of the game the Patriots would win with a score 28-24. In the actual game, the Seahawks did in fact lead the Patriots 24-14 in the third quarter, and the Patriots did win in the fourth quarter with a score of 28-24. The game also awarded Tom Brady the MVP award, as was the case in the actual game.

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