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Super Bowl Prediction with Madden 13: Ravens 24, 49ers 17

/ Jan 31st, 2013 1 Comment

Our Super Bowl prediction is in for Super Bowl XLVII thanks to Madden 13, as played on PlayStation 3. If you aren’t familiar with our predictions, we successfully predicted all but one of the games we simulated this season and even nailed our playoff predictions, save for the Baltimore vs Denver game. For this year’s Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens face off against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. As we normally do, we played through the game and recorded it, with our team of Carl Armstrong, Sean Gibson and Ryan Bloom providing their own color commentary to make watching the simulation approximately 45,000 times more exciting than the standard Madden 13 play-by-play.

Watch the Superbowl Simulation with Custom Play-by-Play and Color Commentary


This was easily the most exciting of all the Madden 13 simulations we built this season. The game was close with many lead changes throughout the whole game. Both running backs, Ray Rice and Frank Gore, will have big games as both teams will try to establish the run early. We’re expecting 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to have some early jitters in the game and give up a pick. The Ravens, regarded as the more veteran team in this game, will take advantage and score a touchdown for the first score of the game, courtesy of a nice run by Ray Rice.

[adsense250itp]From there, Kaepernick will settle down and have a nice rhythm with both Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. At the same time, Ray Rice will dominate on his side, while Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will have an uneven performance. We’re expecting Flacco to have a lot of trouble completing short and medium passes but will eventually get going thanks to some long bombs to Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. His security blanket early on will be Anquan Boldin, who will make several big third down catches.

At halftime, we expect a tie game. Perhaps the turning point was in the third quarter when All Pro defensive end Aldon Smith was removed from the game due to a gruesome lacerated and ruptured testicle. Understandably it was impossible for Smith to return and Ravens jumped all over his side of the field for both running plays and short passes with limited success.

While Kaepernick and Gore were constantly bringing the 49ers back from several deficits, the turning point in the game came courtesy of a huge 74 yard passing play from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones, who once again blew past the secondary to break through for a touchdown. Jones would later make the play of the game, if the previous one wasn’t already, by catching a 60+ yard catch, most of which was yards after the catch. Jones finished our simulation with only three catches but good for a whopping 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Throughout this game, the action was tight, with the Ravens taking a lead only to see the 49ers come right back to tie it up. The Ravens kept moving and thanks to the huge fourth quarter plays, took the lead for good with the defense taking over thanks to a huge sack by Terrell Suggs on the final drive on Kaepernick.

Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson was the founder of Gaming Illustrated and served as Executive Editor and lead reviewer from 2002 to 2014. He no longer is affiliated with Gaming Illustrated, but remembers his time with the site fondly.
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