There’s no need to play this year’s Super Bowl because the New England Patriots are going to beat the Seattle Seahawks in an extremely exciting matchup.
Well, that’s only if you trust a Nintendo Entertainment System game from 1987.
Grapey Gaming Network posted one of the first video game simulations of Super Bowl XLIX using Tecmo Bowl, and the pixelated matchup — complete with updated rosters — was one for the ages. It started with the Seahawks scoring a 45-yard touchdown on their opening drive and ended with the Patriots taking the 20-10 win two LeGarrette Blount touchdowns and a Danny Amendola score later.
And it’s former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner who seals the deal with a late pick on Russell Wilson.
And while we wouldn’t recommend you bet your savings on the Patriots based on a classic video game, Grapey’s other three NFL playoff simulations surprisingly weren’t too far off. Their results of the of the Seahawks’ divisional-round matchup with the Carolina Panthers had Seattle winning 28-7, and they ended up taking it 31-17.
The closest match was the Green Bay Packers’ 26-21 divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys, which was simulated to be a 28-24 Green Bay victory. Grapey missed the mark with the Patriots’ divisional-round game against the Baltimore Ravens, which they pegged as a 31-0 New England win. The Pats came close on their end with 35 points, but the Ravens scored just a bit more than zero with 31.
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