Madden NFL 13 Week 15 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals
After an early Matthew Stafford interception, the Cardinals struck first with a 39-yard Jay Feely field goal. Feely would kick another one to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead after the first quarter.
Jason Hanson would get the Lions on the board in the second with a field goal of his own, but Feely would boot two more - one after another Stafford interception- to give the Cardinals a 12-3 lead. Before halftime ... you guessed it, Hanson would kick another one to make it 12-6.
The field goal fest continued in the third quarter with another Hanson three-pointer to make it 12-9. However, Stafford and the Lions' offense would finally put together a long drive - 12 plays in fact - ending it with a 1-yard Calvin Johnson touchdown reception to give the Lions a 16-12 lead after three quarters of play.
The Cardinals would cut the lead to one point with another Feely field goal in the fourth. Hanson had a chance to extend the lead back to four but came up short on a long 54-yard field goal attempt. With good field position, Ryan Lindley would find Larry Fitzgerald for a devastating reception inside the 20-yard line with a few minutes remaining. Feely would boot his sixth field goal of the game to give the Cardinals an 18-16 lead.
Even with all three timeouts, the Lions could not get in field goal range and ran out of time, losing a heartbreaker.
Stafford threw 26/48 for 237 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Mikel Leshoure had a good day on the ground, rushing for 113 yards, and Johnson caught four passes for 33 yards to go with his TD.
For the Cardinals, Lindley went 17/35 for 192 yards and one interception, Beanie Wells rushed for 54 yards, and Fitzgerald caught five passes for 66 yards.
Madden record: 8-6
Real record: 4-9
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