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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Madden NFL 13 Week 11 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

The dreaded Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field this weekend to take on the Detroit Lions. Here is a simulation of Sunday's game.

The Lions received the ball first, but did nothing with it and were quickly forced to punt. Mason Crosby got the Packers on the board with a 33-yard field goal to take the early lead. Matthew Stafford answered back in a big way, finding Titus Young on a slant route, who broke free and took it 65 yards down the field for the touchdown.

A Jacob Lacey interception off of Aaron Rodgers stopped the next Packers drive, and the first quarter ended with a 7-3 lead for the Lions.

The second quarter began great for Lions. Forced to punt, they recovered the fumble on the return to get the ball back in good field position. Jason Hanson kicked a short 19-yard field goal to make it 10-3.

As the Packers moved with ease on the next drive, Rodgers threw his second interception of the game, this time to Ricardo Silva. Stafford and company made sure the Packers paid for it as Mikel Leshoure capped off an impressive drive with a 2-yard TD run to give the Lions a big 17-3 lead.

However, the Packers' offense wasn't ready to enter halftime just yet. Rodgers turned on beast mode, completing big passes, including a 23-yard TD reception to Randall Cobb to make it 17-10 at halftime.

The third quarter was looking great for the Lions at the start. The offense was moving the ball and threatening to get their two-TD lead back when Stafford tossed a devastating 83-yard interception return for a TD, tying the game and quieting the Ford Field crowd.

With momentum fully on the Packers' side, Rodgers eventually tossed his second TD reception to Tom Crabtree from 17 yards out to give the Packers a 24-17 lead. With the game getting out of hand, Stafford needed to come up big on the next drive. It didn't happen, as the Lions quarterback threw another pick six, this time for 50 yards. The dreadful third quarter ended with the Packers up 31-17.

A big fourth-quarter comeback was needed, and Hanson started it with a 22-yard field goal. But the Packers' offense couldn't be stopped. Alex Green ran in from 3 yards out for a TD, and in what some may call classless, Rodgers connected with Jermichael Finley for a TD with under a minute to go, instead of running out the clock. The Ford Field crowd booed loudly as the Packers ended their smackdown on the Lions, 45-20.

Stafford went 31/46 for 325 yards, one TD and three interceptions; Leshoure ran for 60 yards on 18 carries and one TD; and Young had a big day, catching eight passes for 172 yards and one TD.

Rodgers threw 18/27 for 265 yards and three TDs and interceptions each; Green rushed for 86 yards on 27 carries and one TD; and Jordy Nelson caught three passes for 128 yards.

Madden record: 7-3
Real record: 4-5


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