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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Madden NFL 13 Week 3 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Tennessee Titans

The Detroit Lions are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Up next are the Tennessee Titans and the season debut of running back Mikel Leshoure. In this week's Madden simulation, Leshoure got the start.

It was a quiet first quarter for both teams. The Lions' defense forced a 3 and out to start the game, and the offense moved down the field afterward, resulting in a Jason Hanson field goal to make it 3-0. That would be all the scoring in the first 15 minutes.

The defense would continue to do its job forcing Titan punts, and the offense would reward their efforts with points. After another Hanson field goal, Leshoure would get his first touchdown on a 4-yard run to make it 13-0 with under a minute to go in the half.

In the third, the Lions extended their lead to 21-0 after Matthew Stafford connected to a wide open Titus Young on a monstrous 70-yard reception, and then Calvin Johnson hauled in the 2-point conversion.
The lead wouldn't last long as the Titans trumped that TD catch with a 72 yarder, courtesy of quarterback Jake Locker to a wide open Jared Cook. The Titans added a field goal to make it 21-10 Lions after three quarters.

Stafford found Young again for his second TD reception to extend the Lions lead to 28-10 in the fourth quarter. No lead is safe though, and the Titans once again answered quickly with an 88-yard TD reception by Nate Washington. They added another field goal to make it 28-20.
The Lions' defense forced a key punt, and after converting a 3rd and long to keep the drive going, Hanson was able to knock in another field goal to make it 31-20 with under two minutes left, in theory sealing the game.

But no lead is safe as Locker led the Titans down the field, a quick drive capped off by a Chris Johnson rushing touchdown. A 2-point conversion cut the Lions lead to a field goal, 31-28. With 18 ticks on the clock, the Titans recovered the onside kick, threatening to deliver another Music City Miracle. The Lions' defense didn't let that happen, and the team left Tennessee with a 31-28 victory.

Stafford went 29/40 for 367 yards with two TDs and one interception. Leshoure ran for 61 yards in his debut to go with his TD, and Young hauled in 137 yards on four catches, two of those being TDs.

Madden record: 2-1
Real record: 1-1

Jeff Hoard writes about video games for The Oakland Press. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffHoard921. His blog is


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