EA has revealed its official Madden NFL 22 prediction that the Cincinnati Bengals will win Super Bowl 55, defeating the Los Angeles Rams by just three points. A tight game is expected with a 24-21 final score, though Madden has only predicted the exact score once — when the Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24 in 2015.
Once known for its frightening accuracy, Madden’s Super Bowl predictions have fallen off in recent years. Nevertheless, Madden NFL has managed to be correct 61% overall since the tradition began in 2004.
Madden’s simulation has the Bengals scoring first with a touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase, with the Rams equalizing with a four-yard run from Sony Michel. The Rams then take a halftime lead following a 32-yard catch and score from Cooper Kupp, followed by a touchdown from the Bengals early in the third, tying the game.
An intense fourth quarter proceeds in the simulation with a touchdown on each side, but in the closing seconds of the game, Joe Burrow leads a final drive for the Bengals who score and win their first Super Bowl title. It would be a perfect capper for long-suffering Bengals fans, many of whom surely remember Joe Montana tormenting them in the famous Super Bowls of the 1980s.
Some comfort for Rams fans: Madden was wrong in its prediction last year, saying the Kansas City Chiefs would defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by ten points. The real game ended in a 31-9 victory for the Bucs.
IGN said Madden NFL 22 was “okay”, as the game “takes a small and unimpressive first step into the Xbox Series X and PS5 generation, with even its better new ideas hobbled by poor execution.”
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Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.