Now that we are less than a week from this year's Super Bowl, we can start joining in the yearly festivities that lead up to the game. As I did last season, I decided to run a simulation of Super Bowl XLVIII using EA Sports' Madden 25.
As usual, I tried to make the game as close to real life as I could. This includes 15 minute quarters, the site was MetLife stadium, with light snow as the climate (this is the current predicted weather conditions), and the Broncos were even wearing their orange jerseys. The game was completely computer controlled as well.
Here are the final stats from the simulated game:
|Time of Possession||25:44||34:16|
Interestingly enough, the outcome of the simulation that I ran seems pretty accurate. Other than the lack of rushing yards by the Broncos, the yardage distribution is very close to the real numbers: the Seahawks averaged 136.8 rushing yards per game and 202.2 passing yards per game in 2013 and the Broncos averaged 340.2 passing yards per game.
As far as the score goes, I would say that the actual game shouldn't be too far off in that category either. Right now the bookies have the Broncos favored by three points and the over/under is set at 47. While the Broncos scored an average of 37.9 points per game this season, the Seahawks only allowed 14.4 per game. In addition, the Seahawks are scoring 26.1 points per game as opposed to the 24.9 points that the Broncos yield each game.
Based off the statistics and all that happened in the 2013 season, I am led to believe that this game should be fairly close, with Denver coming out on top. I just think that the Broncos' offense is too much for Seattle's defense to handle, and I just don't think that the Seahawks' offense is strong enough to outmatch them.
With that being said, I feel that my simulation is accurate enough to agree with. But what do you guys think?