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EA Sports, using its Madden NFL 18 simulation, projects the New England Patriots will win their sixth Super Bowl title and Tom Brady will be named MVP for the fifth time.
EA Sports predicts the Patriots will win another close game in the Super Bowl by forecasting a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last season, the game predicted the Patriots would pull off a late comeback in the fourth quarter while overcoming a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots were projected to win 27-24; the actual final score was 34-28 in overtime.
In the simulation, the Eagles take an early lead on a TD run by Jay Ajayi. Brady, who is on the cover of the game, is projected to throw TD passes to Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks in the second quarter.
The simulation also predicts Alshon Jeffery's TD will put Philadelphia ahead going into the fourth after its defense pressures Brady and forces an interception.
In the fourth, Madden NFL 18 forecasts a go-ahead TD pass to Danny Amendola. The simulation projects Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins forcing a fumble on Patriots running back Dion Lewis, but the game ends when New England defensive back Stephon Gilmore bats down a pass by Nick Foles intended for Jeffrey as time expires.
According to the simulation, Brady will throw for 342 yards, while Foles will total 241. Gronkowski will finish with 107 yards on four receptions, while Jeffrey gets 98 yards on six catches.
In 2015, Madden NFL predicted an accurate final score of New England's 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Madden NFL began simulations starting with Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, accurately predicting the Patriots beating the Carolina Panthers. In fourteen simulations, the predicted winner has been the actual winner of the Super Bowl 10 times.