The New York Giants will claim their fourth Super Bowl title on Sunday, according to EA Sports' official Madden NFL 12 simulation, which has New York defeating New England 27-24 on a 40-yard field goal as time expires.
For the third consecutive year, Madden's simulation has picked the Las Vegas underdog (the Patriots are three-point favorites in most sports books). While EA Sports' flagship title missed last year when it called for a Pittsburgh Steelers triumph, it is 6-2 straight up (and 5-3 versus the point spread) since Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.
EA Sports' simulation uses the most recent roster update and depth chart available to all gamers, and is run once on a standard console. Both teams are computer-controlled and artificial intelligence and penalty sliders are not adjusted, but injuries are enabled. The video above shows the game being played with full 15-minute quarters, suggesting it may have been run through the game's Super Sim menu, as it was in 2010. In any event, no human hands touched this result, other than those building the game and rating the players, of course.