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‘The Simpsons’ kind of ‘predicted’ Super Bowl XLVIII teams in 2005 episode (photo)


In a funny coincidence that is relatively meaningless save for the quirky, trivial and amusing aspect of it, an image on a television screen during a 2005 episode of “The Simpsons” accurately “predicted” the teams who will battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII.

In the first episode of the 17th season of the long-running FOX series, “Bonfire of the Vanities,” originally airing on Sept. 11, 2005, Homer is shown watching football with Lisa stretched out on the floor. The teams playing? The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

To make it even crazier, the prediction nearly came to fruition that very NFL season as the Seahawks did reach Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, 2006, only Seattle played the Pittsburgh Steelers (losing 21-10), who beat the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.

That’s a “Twilight Zone” level of eeriness.

The official Twitter account of “The Simpsons” tweeted out the image late Thursday:

The score — if I’m reading it correctly — on the screen indicates that the Broncos edged the Seahawks by the strange score of 19-14. If that indeed is the final score on Sunday? Well, that would be pretty weird, wouldn’t it?

“The Simpsons” have long had some sort of tangential relationship with the Super Bowl, especially when the Big Game airs on FOX, as is the case with this year’s installment, so here’s a FOX promo incorporating the iconic animated family.

Good stuff. Could have used a football, Hans Moleman and the misshapen man’s groin, though.