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Madden thinks the Saints will win

No, the legendary coach hasn't picked the Saints to win Super Bowl XLIV (in fact, I haven't heard a prediction from him one way or the other).

Rather, a simulation by his video game, Madden 10, believes the Saints will come out on top tomorrow, 35-31.

So what's the big deal?

Apparently, the simulator did a pretty nice job predicting the AFC and NFC Championships. It predicted the Colts to beat the Jets 31-17 (the final was 30-17) and the Saints to earn a 34-31 victory over the Vikings (the final was 31-28 in overtime). You can read more about that here.

About the Super Bowl, ESPN video game editor Jon Robinson wrote: "Down 31-28 with less than two minutes left on the clock, Drew Brees, in a career-defining drive, marched the Saints 78 yards down the field, then delivered the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas to give New Orleans the shocking 35-31 upset over the Colts."

David Thomas, the backup tight end? Really?

Judging by the predictions from two weeks ago, you should take it to Vegas.

[Video] game highlights of the Saints' upset, in which Brees threw for 299 yards, three TDs and an INT, and was named MVP, can be viewed here.

*In related news, Brees, Reggie Wayne and Jared Allen are the finalists for the cover of Madden NFL 11. A fan vote will decide the winner, slated to be announced around the time of the draft in April.

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