Cortana correctly predicted New England in a close game; Mophie breathes a sigh of relief

Cortana correctly predicted New England in a close game; Mophie breathes a sigh of relief
Super Bowl 49 might not have been decided until Russell Wilson's slant pass at the goal line was picked off by New England's Marshall Butler, but Cortana had the Patriots all the way. As we mentioned recently, the Windows Phone virtual voice-activated personal assistant had called for the Patriots to edge Seattle 24-23. While not as good as Madden NFL 15's prediction, which had the exact score, Cortana did call for a close game which it certainly was.

The Super Bowl 49 win for Cortana gave her a 9-2 record during the NFL playoffs. It was just last summer when the personal assistant's 15-1 record in the World Cup caught our attention. Cortana has been programmed with an algorithm that helps her make these predictions. Microsoft says that Cortana will be making some upcoming calls on the winner of the Academy Award for Best Movie and will also predict who will be named the Best New Artist at next week's Grammy Awards.

Meanwhile, the big wigs at Mophie were sweating out the final minutes of the game. The case manufacturer had promised to give away $1 million in prizes if the game went into overtime for the first time ever. With Seattle ahead 24-21 and New England driving down the field with minutes remaining, there was a good chance that the Patriots would kick a field goal, tie the score, and send it into overtime. But the Patriots scored the game winning touchdown, and sealed the victory with Butler's pick. Mophie doesn't get off scot-free however. It still plans on giving away $100 discounts to 100 winners of its contest.

source: WindowsCentral



1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

That game looked like it was rigged.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1455; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I agree 1000%!! That game was so stupid and staged. How are you gonna call for a pass on the 3 yard line when you have the best running back in the world. Lynch could have scored easily. Even though the game was close it was boring.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You must not follow football too much. Marshawn Lynch has a well documented history of fumbling (why Buffalo let him go), it was 2nd down with time on the clock and a timeout. Play action pass to the corner of the end zone would have been the safer call, but a pass play was not crazy. BTW, I despise the Patriots - I'm a Dolphins fan.

9. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

not true. I'm from Buffalo, and a huge Bills fan. His off the field behavior is what really did it. He also didn't perform at the level his is currently. Granted our OL wasn't there either. Regardless, he is one of the best, if not THE best RB in the present NFL. it was a strange, iffy, and abnormal call.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I didn't mean that was the ONLY reason. DeMarco Murray is a fumbling machine but he's not a head case. Most teams will put up with erratic behavior if the player puts up the numbers. Earl Campbell couldn't hold on to the football just like Ricky Williams, but they put up gaudy numbers. Ricky, well, so he liked his pot but he didn't shoot anybody or beat up his girlfriends.

11. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

87186 is right. Marshawn Lynch isn't known for fumbling, he was let go because of off the field issues outweighing his on the field play. Now, onto the call. That is hands down the worst call I've ever witnessed in my life, and I watch the NFL religiously. Marshawn Lynch is the best short yardage back in the entire league, and the ball is on the 1 yard line... Pete Carrol threw the game away and will forever be remembered for it. And to all those saying the superbowl is staged... You clearly know nothing about football so take your conspiracy theories somewhere else. Silliest thing I've ever heard.

12. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

eh, I'm not one to cry conspiracy, but giving the environment and culture of organized sports centered around billionaire owners, investors, and sponsors....not to mention the gambling aspect, I think it's a little naïve to dismiss it. authenticity and ethics will always be in question when money is involved. that's just the world, my friend.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I agree with that 100%.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

21 fumbles in 120 career games. That's 1 every six games and you don't see that as a problem? Look at Curtis Martin who only lost 16 fumbles in his career (168 games), Marshall Faulk lost 23 across 176 games and none in the playoffs. Lynch might not be a Franco Harris or DeMarco Murray, but he's not a Faulk, Martin or especially a Larry Csonka (10 fumbles for the entire 70s) when it was a run-heavy era. Consider that Bob Griese only ATTEMPTED 7 passes in SB VIII.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

You know a lot about tech, Crispin, but I question your football knowledge here. What does Marshawn's fumble percentage compared to other running backs have to do with anything? You didn't present any terribly pertinent stats. Why don't we compare his fumble percentage to Wilson's interception percentage? 21 fumbles over 2,220 attempts vs. 32 interceptions in 1454 career attempts. I'll take under 1% in an obvious run situation to 2.2% in a dangerous pass situation any day. I don't put a ton of stock in the analysts generally, but they seem to agree.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

EA Madden 15 actually predicted: -The score 28-24 -Brady as MVP -The 3rd quarter score of 14-24 with Lynch's TD -And the game-winning TD to Edelman Almost as insane as the game's finish, with Kearse's lucky catch, their decision to pass instead of rush with Lynch and Butler's interception

5. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Whats the question pls?

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Reasons to use Cortana: 1. Predict the future 2. ???

13. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Cortana, please predict the highest seller this year. Apple or Samsung..... lol.

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