With Super Bowl XLVI coming up on Sunday, February 5, the players of both the New York Giants and the New England Patriots are ready to take the field to decide which was the best team in football the past season.
But what if the winner has already been determined, and each team's effort is nothing more than a crude bodily enactment of scientific inevitability?
Many web outlets have attempted to predict the winner of the Super Bowl using varying levels of science, statistics, and technology. Some have turned to Giants-Patriots video game results; others have dug into the numbers and used their computers to run thousands of statistical simulations; and one company is leaning on nothing but a simple web popularity contest.
So who does the classic Nintendo game Super Tecmo Bowl think will win this Sunday's big game? What about Xbox 360's Madden NFL '12? How about two super-cute monkeys from the Portland Zoo? Click through the slideshow (below) to find out.