In the football world, the game of Madden has often been an oracle as to who would win the Super Bowl each year. In fact, it has correctly identified the winner of 9 out of the last 12 Super Bowls. With last year’s being the most impressive of them all. They not only picked the New England Patriots to win but they also predicted the exact score of the game.
Pretty crazy, right?
Well now that Super Bowl 50 is upon us, it is time for the annual Madden Prediction between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers!
Carolina set the tone early in Super Bowl 50, jumping out to a 10 – 0 lead on the strength of a huge kick return by Ted Ginn Jr., which Cam Newton finished off with a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. The Panthers added a field goal to close the quarter, and then scored again in the 2nd on a Jonathan Stewart rushing touchdown.
Facing a 17-point deficit at halftime, Peyton Manning decided he wasn’t going to let his Super Bowl legacy be defined by two blowout losses and rallied the Denver offense. The consummate playmaker, Manning began dissecting the Carolina defense, capping off a 3rd quarter drive with a touchdown toss to Emanuel Sanders. Denver’s defense also responded, with Aqib Talib picking off Cam Newton and setting up a Broncos field goal. Denver continued their scoring explosion, adding another filed goal and pulling to within 17 – 13.
Denver kept the momentum rolling in the 4th, with Manning finding Demaryius Thomas for another touchdown, putting Denver up 20 – 17. Cam Newton wasn’t done writing his own Super Bowl legend though, putting the team on his back and scoring a game-winning touchdown with a determined goal line scramble. After a wild and emotional game the Panthers stood victorious, claiming Super Bowl 50 by a score of 24 – 20.
After a thrilling contest, Cam Newton claimed the Super Bowl MVP Award, completing 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jonathan Stewart added a touchdown of his own on 47 rushing yards, with Greg Olsen tallying 79 receiving yards and catching Newton’s only TD pass. On the defensive side, Josh Norman led the Panthers with 6 tackles and one interception.
Across the field, Peyton Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for Denver, tallying 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Demaryius Thomas was Manning’s favorite target, hauling in six receptions for 98 yards, and one touchdown. Emanuel Sanders claimed Denver’s other touchdown, alongside 65 yards on five catches. Aqib Talib provided the biggest impact for Denver’s defense, with five tackles and one interception.
Well there you have it, congratulations to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers!
Of course, this isn’t an exact science. The Super Bowl may not even go exactly as Madden NFL 16 has predicted. However, there is something to say about a record of 9-3 over the last few years.
If you disagree, though, you can make your own prediction by going to the Madden NFL 16 Super Bowl Prediction Hub and then tweeting your prediction using #MyMaddenPrediction, and #Cinelinx of course.
Do you agree with Madden’s Prediction?