Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI: The Tecmo Super Bowl Prediction

So my Tecmo Super Bowl prediction is a little late this year, but you'll still have enough time to place your bets.  If you've been keeping up, our Tecmo Bowl system has now correctly predicted the outcomes of the last three Super Bowls.  Now it's time to see if we can improve that record to 4-0.

In the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, I chose to play as the Giants.  I am a fan of all Mannings and, as a Saints fan, am enjoying the NFC's recent trend of winning.

1st Quarter

The Patriots handled my accidental onside kick, but failed to make a first down.  After a punt, quarterback Phil Simms found wide receiver Mark Ingram for an 80-yard classic Tecmo Super Bowl touchdown.  The Giants jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

New England got its running game going on the next drive, thanks to powerful back John Stephens, but quarterback Steve Grogan was intercepted by Mark Collins, giving the Giants the ball again.  Simms hit Stephen Baker for a 50-yard touchdown, and the Giants led 14-0.

2nd Quarter

Another accidental onside kick gave the Patriots a short field and John Stephens took advantage of it.  After a couple of runs and a 10-yard reception, Stephens then ran for a 20-yard touchdown, cutting the New York lead to 14-7.

Phil Simms responded by handing the ball right back on an interception by the Patriots' Fred Marion.  Fearing a momentum shift, fortunately the Giants held their ground and forced the Patriots to punt.

While Simms had looked slightly unstable up to this point, the fact that both Dave Meggett and Ottis Anderson were in the dreaded BAD condition, I had no choice but to stick with the passing game.  After a 25-yard grab by Baker, Simms got Mark Bavaro involved with a 60-yard score.  Giants led 21-7 at the half.

3rd Quarter

Ingram started the second half with a 60-yard bomb and the Meggett proved to be effective as a receiver, scoring on a 20-yard dump-off pass.  I finally remembered how to kickoff properly, backing the Patriots deep in their own territory.  Grogan threw his second interception (to Gregory Jackson) and Meggett caught another short touchdown pass, giving the Giants a 35-7 lead.

John Stephens and the Patriots put together a decent drive on their following possession.  Then I remembered the secret weapon... Lawrence Taylor!  Taylor broke into the backfield to stop three consecutive plays to end the quarter.

4th Quarter

Taylor single-handedly backed the the Patriots up to midfield, but since it was now the 4th quarter, the Patriots, of course, elected not to punt.  After a turnover on downs, Ingram got back into the mix with a 50-yard score.  Giants led 42-7.

After another decent Patriots drive ended with a turnover on downs, Simms threw to Ingram one last time for an 80-yard touchdown, leading to a final score of 49-7.

While Stephens rushed for an impressive 99 yards, Simms was surely our game's MVP, posting 454 passing yards and seven touchdowns.  Ingram scored on all four of his catches and totalled 270 yards.

So everyone call your "guys," place your bets, and send me a cut.  The New York Giants will win Super Bowl XLVI.


Edit: It turns out that New England Patriots running back John Stephens was tennis player Sloane Stephens' father.


The Speedgeek said...

"the dreaded BAD condition"

Oh, how I wish we got graphics like that during the actual Super Bowl. Our viewing would be immeasurably enhanced.

PipSTA said...

So that makes you 5-0.

I'd love to have seen an accidental onside kick though. An (almost) accidental touchdown will have to do, I suppose.

Mike said...

No, just 4-0 in Super Bowls. It really just means that I've been lucky enough recently that the team I wanted to win has won it. A more amazing experiment would be to let the computer control both teams and see what happens. But other sites do that.

And yes, the accidental touchdown was better than my repeated accidental onside kicks.

I think Bradshaw was just in BAD condition.