‘Madden NFL 11’ Simulation Calls for Patritots Return to Glory


If you're a Patriots fan looking into the crystal ball that is video game simulation, you may like what you see.

ESPN.com along with EA Sports — the makers of Madden NFL 11 which hit stores Tuesday — ran a full-season simulation of the upcoming NFL season.

While EA Sports only simulated the regular season, ESPN.com took the liberty of simulating the playoffs three separate times and came up with the same scenario each time — the New England Patriots will defeat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

The simulation predicted that Tom Brady would come up huge for the Pats helping them avenge a Super Bowl XXXI loss at the hands of the Packers and then-quarterback Brett Favre.

The newest Packers signal-caller, Aaron Rodgers was predicted to win the league's MVP trophy along with leading the league with 4,639 passing yards and 36 touchdowns.

Simulations had Brady throwing for over 4,400 yards and 32 touchdowns, 15 of which would go to Randy Moss.

The Patriots were predicted to win the AFC East crown with the Jets winning one of the wild cards. The Colts were predicted to win a league-high 13 games, before bowing out in the playoffs.

One flaw with the simulation? Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is on his way to another terrific year with seven interceptions to go along with the award for the best cornerback in the game. Of course, that might be difficult to do while Revis continues to hold out and Jets owner Woody Johnson doubting an extension will be signed anytime soon.

For those doubting the accuracy of the simulations, keep in mind that EA Sports hit on both the Stanley Cup playoffs, correctly predicting a win for the Chicago Blackhawks along with forecasting Spain as the World Cup champions.

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