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Super Bowl 2012: Computers Predict That Winner Of Giants Vs. Patriots Will Be...

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 02/ 4/2012 6:52 pm   Updated: 02/ 4/2012 6:52 pm

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.

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Released in 1991 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Tecmo Super Bowl is a classic football video game that, twenty years later, still has a dedicated, albeit deliciously nerdy, cult following. It's got a .org domain name for its official website for some reason, and a league of Tecmo Bowl players still meet up to clash in tournaments every once in a while (see you in Waterloo, Iowa for the February 4th tourney, suckers!).

Tecmobowl.org has also released its official Super Bowl XLVI simulation, and if you have 26 minutes to spare, you can watch pixellated Jean Paul-Pierre clash with pixellated Tom Brady in the Tecmo Dome.

SPOILER ALERT: Tecmo predicts a wild 49-42 victory for the New York Giants, with a game-ending sack of Tom Brady by the Giants' Justin Tuck. (Screenshot of final score above.)
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