Madden curse watch week 6: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Historically, players who are featured on the cover of Madden see significant drops in their offensive production. is tracking the performance of Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions over the course of the 2012 season because we believe Calvin Johnson will debunk the Madden curse.

It seems as though many have written off the Detroit Lions. As depicted in an animated video by the Philadelphia Eagles, the Lions are nothing to be afraid of. Not so fast, Eagles.  

Coming into week 6, the Lions hold last place in the NFC North and face a must win game to save their season. Would their efforts be foiled by the Madden Curse? Let’s take a look.



The Eagles defense starts off strong, denying the Lions any chance of scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Lucky for the Lions, Jason Hanson is good at what he does. Hanson puts the team on the board with a pair of field goals.  6-0, Detroit.

Early in the second quarter, Matt Stafford tries to find Calvin Johnson in double coverage, but the ball ends up in the hands of Nnamdi Asomugha.

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We’re convinced Madden is lurking in the end zone. Can’t Megatron get a break?!?!

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Late in the second quarter, a short TD run by LeSean McCoy puts the Eagles up by 1. Halftime score, 7-6.

The Lions are still in the game.



A couple of field goals by Eagles kicker Alex Henery in the third quarter and another at the beginning of the fourth puts the birds up by 10 points, 16-6. There is plenty of time on the clock. Don’t panic yet…

2nd and 20, Matt Stafford passes to Johnson for 37 yards. It’s 1st and goal.

After an incomplete pass to Johnson (Madden!), Stafford runs it in for a touchdown. Lions now down by three.

The Eagles respond with a 70-yard touchdown by Jeremy Maclin and the home team leads again by 10.

With a little over 5 minutes left in regulation, Stafford shows us how the two minute drill is done. 7 plays, 1:38 off the clock and a Nate Burleson touchdown.

23-20, Eagles.

The Lions defense takes care of the Eagles and with a minute left in the game Megatron keeps the Lions’ rally alive with a 16-yard catch. The catch was initially ruled as an incomplete pass, but the replay showed that Johnson kept both feet in bounds before he was pushed out.

A Jason Hanson field goal ties the game as time expires. We’re going to overtime!



Michael Vick feels the wrath of the Lions defense. Two sacks leads to a quick out by the Eagles.

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Jason Hanson kicks the game winning field goal and the Lions win their second game of the season.

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Calvin Johnson finished the game with six receptions for 135 yards. Our hero  is all smiles with this comeback win.

Till next week, Madden…

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