Madden NFL 13 Week 14 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
The Packers got the ball first, but it wouldn't last long after Ndamukong Suh delivered a crushing sack to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Cliff Avril and taken in for the touchdown for the early 7-0 lead.
Amazingly, Suh would cause another Rodgers fumble later in the quarter to stop a drive deep in Lions territory. But later, kicker Mason Crosby would boot a short field goal to get the Packers on the board before the first quarter ended.
The Packers would cut the lead to one point with another Crosby field goal after Matthew Stafford tossed an interception. The Lions' defense stepped up again, picking off Rodgers twice. Chris Houston and Stephen Tulloch added interceptions to their stat line, and one resulted in a Stafford-to-Mike Thomas connection for a touchdown to extend the Lions' lead to 14-6.
However, the Packers weren't done yet. After catching a pass, Randall Cobb broke a tackle and scampered 45 yards down the field and into the end zone to close in on the Lions 14-13 before halftime.
In the third, the Lions answered back with an impressive opening drive, capped off by a 2-yard Mikel Leshoure rushing TD. Jacob Lacey joined the Rodgers interception party afterward, and Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew on a 10-yard TD score to give the Lions a 28-13 lead. Crosby would kick another field goal before the quarter's end.
After Hanson and Crosby each hit a field goal near the beginning of the fourth, Greg Jennings joined the scoring frenzy when he broke past the Lions' secondary on a monstrous, 76-yard TD reception to make it 31-26 Lions.
With time running out and the Packers moving the ball down the field, Houston made the big play, intercepting Rodgers in the end zone for his second pick of the day and Rodgers' fourth. The offense was able to run out the clock, securing the hard-fought victory.
Stafford went 22/38 for 270 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Leshoure ran 79 yards on 19 carries and one TD. Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 90 yards, and Pettigrew caught seven for 85 yards to go with his TD.
Rodgers threw 25/33 for 363 yards, two TDs and four interceptions, and Jennings caught five passes for 109 yards and one TD.
Madden record: 8-5
Real record: 4-8