In Super Bowl XXXVI, a young quarterback named Tom Brady led the New England Patriots over a seemingly improbable victory over the St. Louis Rams, an opponent that was otherwise known at the time as 'The Greatest Show on Turf'. Now 17 years, the Rams, having since relocated to Los Angeles, will exact its revenge by defeating the Patriots and the league's oldest quarter (still Tom Brady) in Super Bowl LIII, according to a simulation run by Madden NFL 19.
In other Super Bowls, Madden has gotten the margin of victory of correct, such as Super Bowl XXXVII between the Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Madden's simulation had the Patriots winning 23-20, whereas the actual score was 32-29.
If we drill down Super Bowl predictions to only those in which the Patriots have participated, Madden's record is 5-1. Madden got it wrong when it simulated the Patriots defeating the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, though correctly predicted the Giants would emerge victorious a second time over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
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So yes, I'm mildly concerned that Madden NFL 19, with its surprisingly accurate AI, has picked the Rams over the Patriots, much to the glee of practically the entire nation (save for New England and Michigan). But I was more concerned with the Patriots overcoming the Kansas City Chiefs with their young gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes, and a high octane offense. We all know how that turned out.
See you on the flip side!