[caption id="attachment_23215" align="aligncenter" width="574"] mycolumbuspower.com[/caption] "The Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl XLVII champions after downing the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in New Orleans." Ok, we at USSDU can't guarantee that'll be the opening par to all media stories come Monday evening but if you ask the folks down at EA Sports, it's a pretty safe bet. Via their annual Super Bowl predictions, the Madden '13 franchise has locked in the Ravens as 2012/13 champions with veteran Ray Lewis going out on top. The Madden '13 simulations have become quite a fan-favourite in recent years, and for good reason. They have correctly predicted seven of the past nine champions and were only two points shy of nailing the exact score of Super Bowl XLIII between Pittsburgh and Arizona. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WWFpzbhX5o&feature=youtu.be More precisely, this year's predictions have the 49ers stumbling late with an Ed Reed INT in the dying seconds to secure a nailbiting win, ending San Francisco's perfect 5/5 Super Bowl record. Joe Flacco is crowned Super Bowl MVP with 19/27 and 260 yards including two TDs -- one to Torrey Smith and another to Anquan Boldin. And before any 49er fan puts their foot through the computer screaming "I 'aint taking no dribble from a damn machine!", have a gander at Madden '13's past predictions (courtesy of Ben Silverman at Yahoo! Canada) -- the numbers don't lie. Super Bowl XLVI Madden's prediction: Giants, 27, Patriots, 24 Actual score: Giants, 21, Patriots, 17 Super Bowl XLV Madden's prediction: Steelers, 24, Packers, 20 Actual score: Packers, 31, Steelers, 25 Super Bowl XLIV Madden's prediction: Saints 35, Colts 31 Actual score: Saints 31, Colts 17 Super Bowl XLIII Madden's prediction: Steelers 28, Cardinals 24 Actual score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 Super Bowl XLII Madden's prediction: Patriots 38, Giants 30 Actual score: Giants 17, Patriots 14 Super Bowl XLI Madden's prediction: Colts 38, Bears 27 Actual score: Colts 29, Bears 17 Super Bowl XL Madden's prediction: Steelers 24, Seahawks 19 Actual score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10 Super Bowl XXXIX Madden's prediction: Patriots 47, Eagles 31 Actual score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Super Bowl XXXVIII Madden's prediction: Patriots 23, Panthers 20 Actual Score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 If you ask me, Madden '13 is a little off the mark. I say the roles are reversed and it's Joe Flacco who ruins the Ray Lewis fairytale by throwing a stupid, stupid pick late in the game with scores locked at 17-17. San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson returns the ball deep into Baltimore territory setting up a last-second 49er FG to seal it. But then again, what do I know? I'm not a superpowered simulation machine. Time will tell.