Madden NFL 13 Week 12 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans
After a big 28-yard run by Mikel Leshoure to start the game, the Lions' offense went nowhere and was forced to punt. After a few more punts in an uneventful first quarter, Jason Hanson kicked a 49-yard field goal to break the scoreless tie.
The defense for both teams dominated in the second. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was picked off by Ricardo Silva, but the Lions couldn't take advantage of it. Later in the quarter Matthew Stafford got shaken up after a brutal sack, and Shaun Hill came in for a series. Fans didn't need to worry long as Stafford came right back in.
The third quarter was all about Arian Foster. The Texans running back powered his way downfield, topping 100 yards rushing near the end of the quarter. His 2-yard touchdown run would give the Texans a 7-3 lead entering the fourth.
After more punts, Stafford and the Lions' offense were finally able to march the down the field and put themselves in great position to take the lead. But after getting to the Texans' 2-yard line, a killer holding penalty moved them back.
Then the game changer: Whitney Mercilus would burst past the offensive line and deliver a brutal hit on Stafford, knocking the ball free. Mercilus scooped up the fumble and took it back 76 yards for the score, giving the Texans a healthy 14-3 lead with a few minutes remaining.
There would be no Thanksgiving Day Miracle at Ford Field as Stafford tossed an interception on the next drive, and the Texans ran out the clock to end the game.
Stafford went 20/31 for 166 yards and one interception and Leshoure ran for 96 yards on 20 carries. For the Texans, Foster had a monster day, running 122 yards on 32 carries and one TD.
Madden record: 7-4
Real record: 4-6