Madden NFL 13 Week 16 simulation: Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons
After the Lions punted deep in their own end zone to start the game, Falcons running back Michael Turner powered his way past defenders on a 19-yard touchdown score to give Atlanta the early 7-0 lead. On the next drive Joique Bell fumbled the ball on the Lions' own 25-yard line, and the Falcons easily scooped it up. A Matt Bryant field goal extended their lead to 10-0.
Near the end of the quarter the Lions finally got on scoreboard thanks to Matthew Stafford finding Calvin Johnson on a 47-yard TD pass.
In the second, Bryant added another field goal to give the Falcons a 13-7 lead. Stafford threw a deep interception on the next drive, but it turned out alright after Turner fumbled the ball back to the Lions. Bell redeemed himself from earlier by pounding his way into the end zone from eight yards out to give the Lions the lead.
However, Matt Ryan led the offense down the field quickly before halftime, finding Julio Jones on a six-yard TD pass to give the lead back to the Falcons, 20-14.
The Falcons continued with the momentum in the third, quickly scoring a TD on a 46-yard TD pass from Ryan to Jacquizz Rodgers. The Falcons failed to score on the two-point conversion.
Afterward, the Lions once again found themselves punting out of their own end zone, resulting in another Falcons field goal. Unfortunately, Bell coughed the ball up again in Lions territory, and another Falcons field goal extended the lead to 32-14 going into the fourth.
After Jason Hanson kicked a field goal and Bryant kicking one right back, the Lions needed a quick score for any hope of comeback. They got one when Stafford found a wide-open Brian Robiskie down the middle of the field. Robiskie broke a tackle and took it to the house for the big, 75-yard TD reception.
The Falcons added another field goal to make it 38-24. The Lions got another touchdown from Mikel Leshoure, but it took much longer as only a minute remained in the game. The onside kick was recovered by the Falcons, and the Lions were dealt another loss, this time 38-31.
Stafford went 26/37 for 379 yards, two TDs and one interception. Leshoure only rushed for 26 yards to go with his TD but caught four passes for 48 yards. Johnson had a monster day, catching eight for 135 yards to go with his TD.
For the Falcons, Ryan threw 24/36 for 286 yards and two TDs, Turner rushed 28 times for 89 yards and one TD, and Tony Gonzalez caught four passes for 73 yards.
Madden record: 8-7
Real record: 4-10