NFL Prediction: Steelers to win Super Bowl
NFL Playoff Predictions are here, and the Patriots are generating a large amount of the buzz this far.
Electronic Arts has unveiled its annual prediction for the outcome of Super Bowl XLV, based on a simulation of the game run through Madden.
Owning the best record in the NFL this season, the Patriots have locked in Home Field Advantage, and a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Many media reports say New England is stronger than ever. The Pats scored 31 points or more in 11 of their 16 games, including a 42-point win over the Jets, and a 29-point victory over the Bears. They are far and away the front runner in the playoffs, and for good reason.
When the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four seasons from 2001-04, they had a similar dynamic that resembles this season. Deion Branch is back, and it seems he and Brady are picking up right where they left off. Wes Welker has seven touchdowns and close to a thousand yards receiving.
Brady hasn’t thrown an interception in a record number of attempts, and it seems nothing will slow them down. The Saints are still strong, but won’t be able to put up the points put forth by the Patriots.
The Falcons are rough on the edges, but won’t be fading anytime soon. No team in the AFC seems to be able to match up either, and this playoffs might be a runaway victory for the Patriots.
The Patriots went 14-2 in 2004 and rolled to a Super Bowl title, winning their three playoff games by a combined score of 85-51. Since then, though, the top seed’s had some trouble getting the job done.
2005: The Colts (14-2) lost their only playoff game to the Steelers (11-5, wild card).
2006: The Chargers (14-2) lost their only playoff game to the Patriots (12-4).
2007: The Patriots (16-0) won their first two playoff games before the Super Bowl was canceled and they never got a chance to record a perfect 19-0 season. (OK, fine, they lost to the Giants, who were 10-6 and a wild card.)
2008: The Titans (13-3) lost their only playoff game to the Ravens (11-5, wild card).
2009: The Colts (14-2) won two playoff games before losing in the Super Bowl to the Saints (13-3).
For those of you who either don’t read listed items or can’t do quick math in your head, the No. 1 seed has gone 4-5 since 2004, winning a grand total of zero Super Bowls.
So you could say that in picking the Patriots, I’m being bold … or blinded by the past eight weeks in which the Patriots have not lost and have outscored opponents 299-125.
With that, let’s get on to the predictions (there are seven of them, in honor of Andrew Luck, I guess).
1. The Patriots will win the Super Bowl.
You’re aware of this one already, so let’s go round-by-round, picking winners.
Wild Card: Jets over Colts, Chiefs over Ravens, Eagles over Packers, Saints over Seahawks
Division Round: Patriots over Jets, Steelers over Chiefs, Saints over Falcons, Eagles over Bears
Championship Round: Patriots over Steelers, Eagles over Saints
Super Bowl: Patriots 42, Eagles 35
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