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Dallas – February 1, 2011 – In a battle of storied NFL franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers win their record seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy, defeating the Green Bay Packers 24-20 in Super Bowl XLV, according to the annual EA SPORTS™ Super Bowl Simulation powered by Madden NFL 11.
Down 13-17 going into the fourth quarter, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit James Jones in the end zone to put the Pack up by three points with nine minutes left in the game.  The defense for both teams kept the score tight throughout most of the fourth quarter, with neither willing to budge.  After the two minute warning, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace on a slant, and the wide receiver’s world-class speed helped outrace the Packers defense for a 36 yard touchdown pass; giving Pittsburgh the lead with 1:20 left on the clock.  With no timeouts, Rodgers led Green Bay into Pittsburgh territory as the nail-biting contest drew to a close.  In a last second desperation attempt, Rodgers targeted receiver Jordy Nelson, but Steelers safety, Ryan Clark, picked off the pass, clinching Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XLV victory.  Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace was named Super Bowl MVP with five catches for 111 total yards and a touchdown.
Box Score

1st Quarter·        12:37      PIT          FG S. Suisham missed 41 Yd                                                              
·        7:58        PIT          INT T. Polamalu, Intercepts ball on own 43                                       
·        2:55        PIT          TD  R. Mendenhall, 2 Yd run (Suisham kick)                                     
2nd Quarter·        12:41      PIT          FG S. Suisham, 32 Yd FG                                                                   
·        8:46        GB          FG M. Crosby missed 44 Yd FG                                                         
·        1:29        GB          INT A.J. Hawk, Intercepts ball on Pittsburgh 39                                 
·        0:26        GB          TD  G. Jennings, 12 Yd pass from A. Rodgers (M. Crosby kick)          
3rd Quarter
·        8:59        PIT          TD H. Ward, 17 Yd pass from B. Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)           
·        5:10        GB          FG M. Crosby, 49 Yd FG                                                                           
·        1:16        GB          FG M. Crosby, 38 Yd FG                                                                           
4th Quarter
·        9:00        GB          TD J. Jones, 9 Yd pass from A. Rodgers (M. Crosby kick)                      
·        1:20        PIT          TD M. Wallace, 36 Yd pass from B. Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)  
·        0:20        PIT          INT R. Clark, Intercepts ball on own 20                                                          
Earlier this season, Madden NFL 11 simulated the entire NFL season and correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers as the NFC Champion.  Dating back to Super Bowl XXXVIII, EA SPORTS has conducted the annual Super Bowl simulation using the latest iteration of the Madden NFL franchise.  The Super Bowl XLV simulation was conducted utilizing artificial intelligence powered by real-life data from each team to determine player ratings, and includes variances, such as injuries, to predict the outcome.  Six out of the last seven Super Bowl champions have been accurately predicted by Madden NFL.  Previous results include: Super Bowl XXXVIII – Patriots 23, Panthers 20
Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX – Patriots 47, Eagles 31
Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL – Steelers 24, Seahawks 19
Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI – Colts 38, Bears 27
Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17Super Bowl XLIII  – Steelers 28, Cardinals 24
Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV – Saints 35, Colts 31
Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17

Tune in to ESPN3.com on Thursday, February 3rd at 9:00 pm EST to watch the live broadcast of Madden Bowl XVII.  Hosted by EA SPORTS and NFL PLAYERS, Madden Bowl XVII is the quintessential players’ tournament that showcases NFL superstars and their gaming skills on the virtual gridiron as they face off on Madden NFL 11.  The broadcast will include celebrity red carpet interviews, live action of the Madden Bowl tournament and a Madden NFL franchise retrospective. Madden Bowl XVII will also feature performances by 2010 GRAMMY® nominees, Big Boi and Cee Lo Green.


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