Madden NFL 13 Week 1 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. St. Louis Rams
Quarterback Matthew Stafford got off to the worst start possible, throwing an interception on the first play of the game deep in Lions territory. However, the Lions defense held the Rams to a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead, which would end up being all the scoring in the first 15 minutes.
The Lions offense exploded in the second quarter. After a Jason Hanson field goal tied the game at 3-3, Stafford connected with Titus Young for a 68-yard TD pass to make it 10-3. After another Hanson field goal, running back Kevin Smith got his first TD of the year on a 1-yard run to make it 20-3. Late in the quarter, the Rams added another field goal to make it 20-6 at halftime.
Smith would get his second TD of the game on a 9-yard run in the third quarter, and in the fourth, Nate Burleson would haul in a 54-yard TD pass from Stafford to make it 34-6. Adding to the Rams' misery, Hanson would add another field goal to cap a Week 1 victory for the Lions, 37-6.
The Lions racked up 480 yards of total offense. Stafford went 18/27 for 386 yards, but threw two interceptions to go along with his two TDs. Smith ran for 75 yards on 27 carries to go with his pair of scores, and Young and tight end Brandon Pettigrew both hauled in over 100 receiving yards. Calvin Johnson had a quiet day, only catching two passes for 45 yards to go with 28 yards of rushing.
On defense, rookie Bill Bentley snagged his first interception, and Cliff Avril dominated with three sacks. Rams running back Steven Jackson was held to 49 yards rushing. Sam Bradford threw 221 yards and two interceptions.
Madden record: 1-0
Real record: 0-0
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