We’re just days away from a highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. If you’re a gambling man, it’s time to start placing your bets on which team will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year. For those debating which team will be the victor, EA Sports has run a Madden NFL ’16 simulation of Super Bowl 50 that could be a strong indication of who will win the big game in real life.
Madden NFL ’16’s Super Bowl 50 simulation is predicting a close game, with not even a touchdown separating the teams when the clock expires. In the simulated Super Bowl, the Panthers dominate with a 17-0 start in the first half. In the second half, it’s Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos who rally back with a 20-0 run to take the lead. But it proves to be just short of a winning performance, as the Panthers score another TD to go up 24-20 to win football’s most coveted prize.
Per usual, there are other Super Bowl 50 predictions to watch for during the championship game. The simulation also crowns Cam Newton as Super Bowl MVP, completing 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards. Jonathan Stewart runs in the Panthers’ only rushing touchdown, while Greg Olsen catches the team’s only passing TD. Meanwhile, Madden NFL ’16 has Peyton Manning completing 21 of 37 passes, earning 241 yards in the simulated Super Bowl. The Broncos’ touchdowns are supplied by receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Last year, Madden ’15 predicted not only the correct winner, but also the exact score and MVP for Super Bowl 49. Catch Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, at 6:30pm ET to see if Madden ’16’s predictions are just as dead on. If so, there’s a good chance Panthers fans will have “Dabbin’ Fever” for months to come.
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