I think this quote sums up the VC, EA rivalry quite well:
EA and Sega have been locked in a long and very one-sided football battle. Madden has cleanly thumped Sega year-after-year in terms of sales. However, when it comes to quality, games seem to be split. Which is better? Each year, that's the big question. This season, Sega's throwing a full blitz Madden's way. Will they outsell the best-selling franchise of all time? Not likely. Will it be the better game? Quite possibly. As much as I love NCAA Football 2005, each time I've played it over the past few days, it's been less satisfying than usual. That's because I also have a copy of ESPN NFL 2005 and that truly has been calling to me. From visuals to presentation to gameplay, it's shaping up to be one of the best sports games of all time. Yeah, it's really that good.