Madden NFL 09 backs Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII

Heading into last year's Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, Electronic Arts trumpeted the official Madden NFL 08 prediction that the Pats would win, completing the first 19-0 undefeated season in league history. To support its pick, EA emphasized that the...

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Heading into last year's Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, Electronic Arts trumpeted the official Madden NFL 08 prediction that the Pats would win, completing the first 19-0 undefeated season in league history. To support its pick, EA emphasized that the Madden NFL series had correctly picked the Super Bowl winner five years running.

EA is once again touting a Super Bowl pick, but this year's press release makes no mention of past performance. Focusing squarely on this year's Super Bowl, EA's Madden NFL 09 sim has sided with the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggesting that the Steel Curtain will emerge victorious when they play the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa Bay.

Despite the playoff success of the Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the simulated game had Arizona building a running game around Edgerrin James, who nabbed a pair of virtual touchdowns. Meanwhile, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected on three touchdown strikes to earn the game's MVP award. The simulated game had the Steelers up 21-7 at the half, but a late comeback by the Cardinals pushed the final score to a respectably nail-biting 28-24.

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ChIcKeNbOb5023
ChIcKeNbOb5023

Steelers ROCKED . JAMES HARRISON AND POLAMALU STARS OF THE DEFENSE.

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awhawk23
Awhawk23

Anyone like the Jets??? They were really good this year.... just had an end of the season crisis!! lol

Awhawk23
Awhawk23

I wish the Cards had won...... dang

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Dude, the the Steelers are gonna win! I didn't even know the Cardinals were a team! XD

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Statictrance
Statictrance

Go Browns? Who writes go Browns on a super bowl message board??? Keep in mind - since the Browns have been kind enough to grace our prescence in the NFL again back in 1999... the Steelers are a whopping 17-1 against them... Stick to basketball - I'm sure Lebron makes it exciting at least.

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

All i can say is "what ever" lol! And the steelers front line have been doing good. From what i seen in the eagles game. There front line did a good job against the cards.And the steelers are much better then the eagles front line. And the steelers did a great job against baltimore. All i can tell you is good luck! The cards are going to need it!

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Sounds cliche, but accurate: Defense and run offense wins championships. That said, Steelers should win, but cannot use Whisenhunt's playbook, as the Raiders did with former coach Gruden in Super Bowl XXXVII, or have critical turnovers.

pure_impact
pure_impact

Go Cards all the way! No one is still respecting them or giving them the credit they truly deserve. I like the steelers too, but I feel that Cards will be carrying the weight of 98 percent football fan doubters who are looking for the Steelers to rout in this game. With the way big Ben's pass protection has been going, he won't be holding that ball for long with the way the Cards will be comin after him. Final score Cards; 33 Steelers: 27. I just think the Cards will be WAY more jacked up for this game..especially their OFFENSE!

msudude211
msudude211

I'm surprised the margin of victory wasn't greater.

Redthing
Redthing

Whatever! Kurt Warner on the '10 cover!!

XeonForce
XeonForce

First Madden the game, next... Big Blue, the super-computer from IBM will predict all championship games for us! Mwuahahahahahah!!!! These little predictions are fun, just like a horoscope, but I take them just as seriously... and because personally I like seeing the underdog win... =P

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChampMLG
ChampMLG

Hines Ward on the cover of Madden '10!!

2fistsintheair
2fistsintheair

wildthingdbz The cards may put up a fight. But in the end the steelers should come out on top. The cards are ranked with a 19th Offense and 16th Defense. They maybe getting lucky here and there. But the cards are no were nere a "caliber team" as the pittspurgh steelers are. The steelers Defense is ranked 1st and Offense is ranked 2ed. And right now the steelers Defense is playing better then it ever has. If you cant score you can win! Plain and simple! ******************************************************************************************************** Arizona's offense is ranked 4th and the Steelers offense is ranked 22nd. At least you bumped Arizona's 19th ranked defense up 3 spots. I do agree with you though, "If you can't score you can win!" Steeler fan or not, you can't argue with that logic. Pittsburgh will probably win though, but I think the Cardinal's have a great chance!

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I doubt that will be the real score, but it will be interesting to see who will win

soranobody
soranobody

The Cardnials are doing the same thing the giants did last year and me a giants fan appriacte it

2fistsintheair
2fistsintheair

I hate how everyone rips on Steelers fans. I went to school near Pittsburgh and all they've got up there is alcohol and football. That's how they were able to save up the cash to buy the refs in Super Bowl XL. So lighten up on em!!

robx360
robx360

I am a big Steelers fan. However I would never look to madden for a decent prediction. The only thing that I get out of madden is 1000G every year.

ZonaBoy89
ZonaBoy89

Wow cuz stats mean everything last year the Pats went undefeated and ended up losing to a team that was 10-6 and a wildcard. Unlike alot of the ppl that claim they watch football i have come to realize that ANYTHING can and will happen in the game of football. Its sad that people rely soley on petty statistics on how a team wins and not the heart and integrity each player brings to that field. Cardinals will be the first champions in all pro sports that President Obama will congratulate at the White House.

Justforfun44
Justforfun44

Poor Sonicplys you must be disappointed since the 49ers haven't fielded a solid team since 1995. I have a friend who was a 49er fan, but he doesn't even talk about them anymore because they are perpetual losers. The Steelers are the best team in the NFL. Don't believe me? Go to the NFL Hall of Fame where the largest and still growning section is reserved for the Steelers. Even when they were absent from the Super Bowl the Steelers were still racking up winning seasons and falling just short. The Steelers have the most wins of any NFL team in the last 40 years. On Super Bowl Sunday the Steelers will add another win. The Steelers also have the largest fan base. It is no surprise that Steeler fans with their terrible towels consistently fill up large sections of every stadium the Steelers visit. http://www.comcast.net/articles/sports-nfl/20090124/steelers.hate.hench./ The Steelers win going away.

venomdeo
venomdeo

HERE WE GO STEELERS !! I love how that pisses people off who hate the STEELERS .

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

And just to add another comment. Even if baltimore beat the steelers. I would bet all my money and everything i own that baltimore would "man handle" the cards! Baltimore is a great team with a very tuff and physical Defense that ranks 2ed in the NFL. And the pittsburgh steelers are better then baltimore! So just think about that.

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

The cards may put up a fight. But in the end the steelers should come out on top. The cards are ranked with a 19th Offense and 16th Defense. They maybe getting lucky here and there. But the cards are no were nere a "caliber team" as the pittspurgh steelers are. The steelers Defense is ranked 1st and Offense is ranked 2ed. And right now the steelers Defense is playing better then it ever has. If you cant score you can win! Plain and simple!

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

No, this cant be. Cardinals will win and they better win. I will not live in a world where the stupid Steelers win a sixth Super Bowl title. That honor belongs to the TRUE dynasty in all of football, the 49ers (who are 5-0 in the Super Bowl BTW).

blackace
blackace

wildthingdbz GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CARDS SUCK A$$ AND ALL WAYS WILL!!!!!!!!! LOL ********************************************************************* I could actually agree with you if they had lost to the Eagles in the Division Championship, but they held their own and was able to win. The Cardinals are know for falling apart in the second half of the game and losing. Against the Panthers, that didn't even come close to happening. Against the Eagles, they were really struggling and almost gave the game away, but played strong in the last 6-8mins of the game to win it. Now we know the Steelers are tough, but to think the Cardinals don't have a chance would be a mistake. If they win, they will earn the respect of the league and all the other teams. If they lose, it'll just seem like a pipe dream.

djp33
djp33

HaHa venom id like to see how ur steelers would do without palamalou, 1 of ur starting linebackers ,and ur 3rd string running back starting . ya brady may be huge to the pats but they had injuries up the a@@ at important spots and they were starting a qb who hasnt played since high school and they still went 11-5 .And to say the pats suck is funny seeing how they have the best winning % of any team in all 4 sports for the last 8 yrs. lol

ocdog45
ocdog45

i think the steelers will win but not cause a crappy game does.

wildthingdbz
wildthingdbz

GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CARDS SUCK A$$ AND ALL WAYS WILL!!!!!!!!! LOL

venomdeo
venomdeo

Buzzle you shut the F up half your players were injured my ass Brady makes the team what they are if he's out they SUCK deal with it.I hate the Patties they belong in A cow Barn like the piece of craps they are.I really hate ban wagon people !

Zuhalter2000
Zuhalter2000

I hate the Steelers with every fiber in my body.

ZonaBoy89
ZonaBoy89

haha everybody been countin us out this year its gonna be a close game but my cards will come out on top and if people wanna say we are the worst ever thats fine we did somethin right to make it farther than your team.

buzzle1
buzzle1

this is for venomdeo, shut the **** up. the pats were and still are a great team. tell me, did the pissburgh squealers ever go 18-1...apparently not. did the pats? yes. ill admit spygate was a stupid thing the pats did, but that doesnt make the squealers better. they probably cheated in some fashion in the past. every team has at some point, the pats included. oh and the pats went 11-5 when half of our good players were injured and we had a backup QB...get your facts straight before you start slamming other teams

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

i have to pick for my bookie... if that scores right then the cardnals will be the safe bet, but im almost 100% positive the steelers are going to blow out the cardnals, who have no defence.

venomdeo
venomdeo

This is for the DOUCHE murss25 LOL!Your joking rite the Steelers did make the Ravens look stupid.The Pats SUCK you obviously are a Pats fan ,I have one thing to say SPYGATE I think that they got off way to easy for that. I feal sorry for you.Now go away and cry.

Gastman
Gastman

I bet you that Hines Ward will be on the cover of Madden 2010 next year.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

As lazy as EA is with their Madden games now, I'd put more faith in someone who puts two different colored stones in a sock and has somebody pull one out.

Nishua
Nishua

It's to bad that Madden and EA no nothing about real football. So I wouldn't take this prediction to heart.

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

Go Cards baby, 1st 9-7 team to make it to Super Bowl!!! 1st the Giants beating the ALMOST undeafeted Patriots last year and now this.

SoNin360
SoNin360

well everyone thought those jerkass patriots were going to win last year, but ha! can't wait to see what this superbowl will be like. it will either be a pathetic game or a really close win for one of the teams... either way im with the cardinals on this one, even though i dont care much for either side.

bestco
bestco

in about 10 days, we'll hear the Arizona Cardinals to be named the "Worst Superbow Champion Ever"! That's right, you heard it here first.

jjgator
jjgator

Argh, you beat me to it.

jjgator
jjgator

jsrock_on54 Posted Jan 23, 2009 1:45 pm PT "too bad new england wouldnt have had the first undefeated season in league history, stupid writers not checking their facts, 72 dolphins were all over the news when that was happening. how could you not have noticed" ------------------------------------ They didn't say first undefeated season, they said first 19-0 season in league history. In 1972 the NFL only had 14 regular season games, so with playoffs the 72 Dolphins were 17-0. So what they wrote was correct, I'll be awaiting your apology.

murss25
murss25

These comments go to the idiots commenting on this website, first venomdeo, the steelers didnt make the ravens look stupid, dont forget that when BIG BEN was a rookie the patriots made your team look stupid, second this for jsrock on54, read the article again maybe your stupid not the writers, they said first 19-0 record dolphins were 17-0 thank you.