Madden NFL 13 Week 4 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Lions started off the game with a big 37-yard reception by Mikel Leshoure, but were forced to punt a short time later. After quickly stopping the Vikings, the Lions moved down the field and scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Leshoure. The Vikings would later kick a field goal to make it 7-3 after the first quarter.
The second quarter started badly for Matthew Stafford in the form of a 41-yard pick-six to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead. Jason Hanson would hit a 46-yard field goal to tie the game, but the Vikings would add a pair of their own to take a 16-10 lead at halftime.
Other than a missed field goal by the Vikings, the third quarter was a bore-fest.
Luckily the fourth quarter made up for it. Another Hanson field goal cut the Vikings' lead to 16-13, and the Lions' defense stopped a Vikings threat led by Adrian Peterson with over eight minutes remaining. With a mix of running and short passes, the Lions were able to get deep into Vikings territory at the 2-minute warning. Failing to score a TD, Hanson kicked a gimme to tie the game 16-16.
With time left, the Vikings threatened to end the game, but Christian Ponder tossed an interception to Erik Coleman, giving the Lions hope. However, Stafford threw his second interception of the game, and Ponder would again throw another one to Coleman. This game would be settled in overtime.
Lions would win the coin toss and receive the ball first, but punted after a 3 and out. The Vikings had no luck either, and Stefan Logan had a big punt return to midfield. Leshoure would then power his way past the Vikings' defense, resulting in the game-winning 37-yard field goal by Hanson.
Stafford went 18/35 with 263 yards and two interceptions. Leshoure ran 127 yards on 31 carries to go along with his TD, and Titus Young caught five passes for 93 yards. For the Vikings, Ponder went 17/26 with 131 yards and two interceptions, and Peterson ran big for 150 yards on 32 carries.
Madden record: 3-1
Real record: 1-2
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