Madden NFL 11 Video Game: Steelers Win Super Bowl
A flash-forward to Super Bowl Sunday?
CREDIT: EA Sports
Cheeseheads nationwide should be alarmed: An annual simulation run on the latest "Madden NFL" video game predicts that the Pittsburgh Steelers will edge out the Green Bay Packers, 24- 20, in Super Bowl XLV this Feb. 6.
The popular video game has correctly picked the winner in six out of the last seven Super Bowls . The game's simulated result was just two points off of the actual final score in 2009 when the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the last minute of play.
Since 2004, EA Sports, the makers of the popular "Madden NFL" franchise, have put the latest iteration of the game through its paces by having it play a mock Super Bowl. Both teams were controlled by the game's artificial intelligence (AI). The game's AI is enhanced with up-to-date data from the 2010 season, such as injuries to players, to help predict an overall Super Bowl outcome as accurately as possible.
The increasingly detailed metrics and abilities of digitized versions of NFL players as allowed by cutting-edge video game consoles and software are making simulations, just like those run on supercomputers , ever more lifelike.
Earlier this year, EA Sports had "Madden NFL 11" simulate the entire 2010 season, and the game correctly picked Green Bay to win its conference and be Super Bowl-bound.
A press release from EA Sports predicts that Green Bay's quarterback Aaron Rodgers will complete a touchdown pass to wideout James Jones with nine minutes left in the game. But the Pack's 20-17 lead will evaporate when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hits speedy receiver Mike Wallace on a slant for a 36-yard touchdown pass with just 1:20 left on the clock.
We'll see how much, if any, of such augury is borne out in this coming weekend's gridiron battle between Steel City's finest and the Green and Gold.