Who will win Super Bowl 55?
While experts make their predictions, including those on our staff, on who will win between the Chiefs and Bucs, some look for alternative theories. Rather than having a person predict the score, why not let a video game based on the sport do the predciting? That’s exactly what EA Sports did with its official “Madden 21” simulation of Super Bowl 55.
This isn’t new from EA, as the company has been doing official simulations/predictions of the big game since Super Bowl 38 (more on that below). But its prediction for the 2021 Super Bowl is new, so let’s get into what the video game is predicting.
Madden 21 Super Bowl prediction
The first quarter starts with the Bucs scoring the first points of the game on a field goal. But Patrick Mahomes is able to lead the Chiefs downfield, and finishes with a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The score is 7-3.
Tom Brady answers back on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. The Bucs also add another field goal. But the Chiefs are able to keep things close as Mahomes hits Tyreek Hill for a touchdown. The score at halftime has the Chiefs up 14-13.
The Chiefs open up by extending their lead on a huge play, a 63-yard bomb from Mahomes to Hill. Although, Brady is able to respond on a 17-yard touchdown to Mike Evans. The quarterback battle is getting fierce, however, as Mahomes ends the quarter on a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. The Chiefs lead 27-20 heading into the final quarter.
Brady finds Rob Gronkowski on a touchdown to start the quarter, evening things up at 27-27. That remains the score until about six minutes left in the game. That’s when Mahomes turns into a scrambler and runs his way into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The Bucs aren’t able to answer, and the Chiefs add an extra field goal before the game ends.
Chiefs defeat the Buccaneers 37-27.
Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP.
Both quarterbacks played lights out in the simulation. Mahomes finished 31-of-41 for 422 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Brady finished 30-of-44 for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Madden Super Bowl predictions history
The “Madden NFL” franchise has given an official prediction for the Super Bowl every year since 2004. The video game has picked the correct winner 11 times in 17 years, with a perfect prediction for Super Bowl 49. That’s about a 64 percent success rate.
|Year||Madden prediction||Actual score||Correct winner?|
|Super Bowl 54||Chiefs 35, 49ers 31||Chiefs 31, 49ers 20||Yes|
|Super Bowl 53||Rams 30, Patriots 27||Patriots 13, Rams 3||No|
|Super Bowl 52||Patriots 24, Eagles 20||Eagles 41, Patriots 33||No|
|Super Bowl 51||Patriots 27, Falcons 24||Patriots 34, Falcons 28||Yes|
|Super Bowl 50||Panthers 24, Broncos 20||Broncos 24, Panthers 10||No|
|Super Bowl 49||Patriots 28, Seahawks 24||Patriots 28, Seahawks 24||Perfect|
|Super Bowl 48||Broncos 31, Seahawks 28||Seahawks 43, Broncos 8||No|
|Super Bowl 47||Ravens 27, 49ers 24||Ravens 34, 49ers 31||Yes|
|Super Bowl 46||Giants 27, Patriots 24||Giants 21, Patriots 17||Yes|
|Super Bowl 45||Steelers 24, Packers 20||Packers 31, Steelers 25||No|
|Super Bowl 44||Saints 35, Colts 31||Saints 31, Colts 17||Yes|
|Super Bowl 43||Steelers 28, Cardinals 24||Steelers 27, Cardinals 23||Yes|
|Super Bowl 42||Patriots 38, Giants 30||Giants 17, Patriots 14||No|
|Super Bowl 41||Colts 38, Bears 27||Colts 29, Bears 17||Yes|
|Super Bowl 40||Steelers 24, Seahawks 19||Steelers 21, Seahawks 10||Yes|
|Super Bowl 39||Patriots 47, Eagles 31||Patriots 24, Eagles 21||Yes|
|Super Bowl 38||Patriots 23, Panthers 20||Patriots 32, Panthers 29||Yes|