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Madden NFL 16 Predicts Carolina Panthers Winners of Super Bowl 50

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  • Madden NFL 16 Predicts Carolina Panthers Winners of Super Bowl 50

    Now this is a prediction that I can get behind! EA Sports once again ran their annual simulation of the Super Bowl to see who the latest version of Madden predicts to be the winner. Madden NFL 16 went through the simulation for Super Bowl 50 in the match up between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers and found the Panthers coming out victorious. They place the final score at 24-20 in favor of the Panthers.

    Check out some of the plays that led to this outcome.
    Carolina set the tone early in Super Bowl 50, jumping out to a 10 – 0 lead on the strength of a huge kick return by Ted Ginn Jr., which Cam Newton finished off with a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. The Panthers added a field goal to close the quarter, and then scored again in the 2nd on a Jonathan Stewart rushing touchdown.

    Facing a 17-point deficit at halftime, Peyton Manning decided he wasn’t going to let his Super Bowl legacy be defined by two blowout losses and rallied the Denver offense. The consummate playmaker, Manning began dissecting the Carolina defense, capping off a 3rd quarter drive with a touchdown toss to Emanuel Sanders. Denver’s defense also responded, with Aqib Talib picking off Cam Newton and setting up a Broncos field goal. Denver continued their scoring explosion, adding another filed goal and pulling to within 17 – 13.

    Denver kept the momentum rolling in the 4th, with Manning finding Demaryius Thomas for another touchdown, putting Denver up 20 – 17. Cam Newton wasn’t done writing his own Super Bowl legend though, putting the team on his back and scoring a game-winning touchdown with a determined goal line scramble. After a wild and emotional game the Panthers stood victorious, claiming Super Bowl 50 by a score of 24 – 20.

    After a thrilling contest, Cam Newton claimed the Super Bowl MVP Award, completing 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jonathan Stewart added a touchdown of his own on 47 rushing yards, with Greg Olsen tallying 79 receiving yards and catching Newton’s only TD pass. On the defensive side, Josh Norman led the Panthers with 6 tackles and one interception.

    Across the field, Peyton Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for Denver, tallying 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Demaryius Thomas was Manning’s favorite target, hauling in six receptions for 98 yards, and one touchdown. Emanuel Sanders claimed Denver’s other touchdown, alongside 65 yards on five catches. Aqib Talib provided the biggest impact for Denver’s defense, with five tackles and one interception.

    Over the past 12 years, these Madden NFL predictions from EA have correctly predicted nine of the winners. Last year, the prediction accurately predicted the final score, the game's MVP, overcoming a third quarter 10-point deficit, and that Julian Edelman would score the deciding touchdown.

    Here's hoping that this is another year where the prediction holds true!