Originally posted: February 1, 2007
Colts win, says Madden '07
Miami -- For many people, the 7 points the Colts are favored by in the Super Bowl is too high. For EA Sports' Madden '07, it's not high enough.
The Bears fell to the Colts 38-27 in the the video game's automated simulation Thursday. While many Bears fans worry it will be Rex Grossman that could cost his team the game, the simulation predicts the Bears defense will be to blame.
Peyton Manning tore up Urlacher and company for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns. Manning's 28 completions in the simulation are only 4 fewer than Tom Brady's record 32 completions in Super Bowl XXXVIII against Carolina.
Marvin Harrison's reputation for disappearing in the playoffs could end Sunday if he matches his performance in Madden, which included 9 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Grossman's 231 yards and 2 touchdowns (Berrian, Muhammad) would keep him from being the scapegoat unless people want to dwell on his one interception. But since when does the media and fans dwell on Grossman's mistakes?
In the game, the Colts got out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The Bears took a brief 20-17 lead in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Bears and my liver, football is a 4-quarter game. Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and Joseph Addai each went on to score a touchdown apiece, giving the Colts the 11-point win.
So how do the Bears outsmart a video game in the real Super Bowl this Sunday? I'm not sure, but this has been known to do the trick:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start
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