Who will win Super Bowl 55?

While experts make their predictions, including those on our staff, on who will win between the Chiefs and Bucs, some look for alternative theories. Rather than having a person predict the score, why not let a video game based on the sport do the predciting? That’s exactly what EA Sports did with its official “Madden 21” simulation of Super Bowl 55.

This isn’t new from EA, as the company has been doing official simulations/predictions of the big game since Super Bowl 38 (more on that below). But its prediction for the 2021 Super Bowl is new, so let’s get into what the video game is predicting.

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Madden 21 Super Bowl prediction




First quarter

The first quarter starts with the Bucs scoring the first points of the game on a field goal. But Patrick Mahomes is able to lead the Chiefs downfield, and finishes with a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The score is 7-3.

Second quarter

Tom Brady answers back on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. The Bucs also add another field goal. But the Chiefs are able to keep things close as Mahomes hits Tyreek Hill for a touchdown. The score at halftime has the Chiefs up 14-13.

Third quarter

The Chiefs open up by extending their lead on a huge play, a 63-yard bomb from Mahomes to Hill. Although, Brady is able to respond on a 17-yard touchdown to Mike Evans. The quarterback battle is getting fierce, however, as Mahomes ends the quarter on a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. The Chiefs lead 27-20 heading into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter

Brady finds Rob Gronkowski on a touchdown to start the quarter, evening things up at 27-27. That remains the score until about six minutes left in the game. That’s when Mahomes turns into a scrambler and runs his way into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The Bucs aren’t able to answer, and the Chiefs add an extra field goal before the game ends.

Final result

Chiefs defeat the Buccaneers 37-27.

Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP.

Both quarterbacks played lights out in the simulation. Mahomes finished 31-of-41 for 422 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Brady finished 30-of-44 for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Madden Super Bowl predictions history

The “Madden NFL” franchise has given an official prediction for the Super Bowl every year since 2004. The video game has picked the correct winner 11 times in 17 years, with a perfect prediction for Super Bowl 49. That’s about a 64 percent success rate.

YearMadden predictionActual scoreCorrect winner?
Super Bowl 54Chiefs 35, 49ers 31Chiefs 31, 49ers 20Yes
Super Bowl 53Rams 30, Patriots 27Patriots 13, Rams 3No
Super Bowl 52Patriots 24, Eagles 20Eagles 41, Patriots 33No
Super Bowl 51Patriots 27, Falcons 24Patriots 34, Falcons 28Yes
Super Bowl 50Panthers 24, Broncos 20Broncos 24, Panthers 10No
Super Bowl 49Patriots 28, Seahawks 24Patriots 28, Seahawks 24Perfect
Super Bowl 48Broncos 31, Seahawks 28Seahawks 43, Broncos 8No
Super Bowl 47Ravens 27, 49ers 24Ravens 34, 49ers 31Yes
Super Bowl 46Giants 27, Patriots 24Giants 21, Patriots 17Yes
Super Bowl 45Steelers 24, Packers 20Packers 31, Steelers 25No
Super Bowl 44Saints 35, Colts 31Saints 31, Colts 17Yes
Super Bowl 43Steelers 28, Cardinals 24Steelers 27, Cardinals 23Yes
Super Bowl 42Patriots 38, Giants 30Giants 17, Patriots 14No
Super Bowl 41Colts 38, Bears 27Colts 29, Bears 17Yes
Super Bowl 40Steelers 24, Seahawks 19Steelers 21, Seahawks 10Yes
Super Bowl 39Patriots 47, Eagles 31Patriots 24, Eagles 21Yes
Super Bowl 38Patriots 23, Panthers 20Patriots 32, Panthers 29Yes