FAQ/Strategy Guide by horror_spooky

Updated: 01/22/13 | Printable Version

Madden NFL 13 is the latest game in the long-running football franchise from EA
Sports, and the first to appear on an eighth generation system in the form of 
the Wii U!

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Madden NFL 13
Written by Dalton "HorrorSpooky" Cooper
Copyright 2013

1. Main
   Play Now
   Fantasy Football
   My Madden
2. Career
   Practice Scenarios
3. Roster
   NFL Legends
4. Venues
5. Wii U Version Differences
6. Conclusion

OVR - Overall
QB - Quarterback
HB - Halfback
WR - Wide Receiver
TE - Tight End
LE - Left End
RE - Running End
DT - Defensive Tackle
LOLB - Left Outside Linebacker
MLB - Middle Linebacker
ROLB - Right Outside Linebacker
CB - Cornerback
FS - Free Safety
SS - Strong Safety

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1. Main
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This is the main section of the game. From here, you can jump right into a 
variety of modes.

--->PLAY NOW<---
Essentially, this is "Quick Play" mode. There are two teams set up, and you 
just have to pick a team and jump right in to play.

Fantasy Football bases itself on real life football results. This is just a 
tool to help out your Fantasy Football game. It keeps track of all that content
and information for you.

--->MY MADDEN<---
From here, you can customize rosters and teams to tailor the Madden NFL 
experience how you see fit.

To play this game online, you will need to have an EA Origins account. After 
obtaining one of these, you need to put in your Online Pass code, and then 
you will finally be able to play games online! Your Career Mode can also be 
connected to the Online modes so that it is all streamlined and working 

There is an "Inbox" on the Main Page. This will collect and organize game 
invites and messages for you. If you are an active part of the Madden NFL 13 
online community, be sure to check there often.

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2. Career
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Career is the meat and potatoes of Madden NFL 13. First, you must choose 
whether you want to do a "Player" career or if you want to play through seasons
as a Coach.

If you choose to take a player through Career, first you have to choose the 
player. Using "Make My Face", you can actually have a character created that 
looks like you. Or you can create your own player. Furthermore, you can choose 
a currently active player from the roster or an NFL Legend.

After choosing your player, you need to get used to the interface. In "News 
Center", you can see various headlines about the upcoming and current season. 
"My Career" will show the goals you have and your progress there. "My Actions" 
is where all the main actions go down. You can also check your overall career 
stats and more all from these menus.

When you're ready to start your career, go to "My Actions", and choose to start
your career. First, you will be able to run Practice scenarios. These scenarios
are used to gain XP that can be spent to upgrade your player. This will in turn
allow you to do better in the games. You can practice each week before games.

First, you will have to go through pre-season games. You can skip each week if 
you'd like. Then you have season games, and assuming you do well enough in the 
season, you will move on to the playoffs. From there, you can make it to the 
championship games and ultimately the Superbowl. At the end of your career, 
your goal is to make it into the NFL Hall of Fae.

Your other Career path is to be a Coach. Coaches have to order around their 
players, though you don't actually get to control any of the players directly 
in this mode. Once again, you can create your own coach, choose an active one, 
or pick one of the legendary coaches that are available.

Coaches earn XP and can level up as well. Their goals for each season are 
typically to reach the Superbowl. Smart goal indeed. Coaches also have to deal 
with trading and cutting players from their roster, so there is more of a 
managerial aspect to Career Mode coaching.

These are tutorial-like scenarios that can be tested out before the game each 
week. They are very beneficial as XP can be gained from playing these. When 
you choose a Career as a specific player, not all of the Practice Scenarios 
will be available, only the ones that deal with the player in question. If you 
choose to be a Coach for Career, you can see all the practice scenarios and 
test them all out from the get-go.

Here are strategies to help you complete each practice scenario and earn the 
most XP:

3rd Quarter Tie
Difficulty: Easy
In this scenario, it's the third quarter. The score is tied 10 to 10, and you 
have to win the game. Simple enough. Obviously, the first thing you will want 
to do when you have the ball is be incredibly aggressive. After the second 
down, I'd start running the ball safer to ensure that you can gain some 

After getting in the lead, focus all your efforts on defending the ball. In 
fact, I'd just run out the clock. Avoid throwing the ball much at all as to 
keep interceptions from happening. Just run it down the field whenever you have
it, and do your best to counter the offense when you're playing defense.

10 Point Lead
Difficulty: Easy
This is very similar to the last scenario, except the other team has no points 
going into this one. You have to keep the lead until the game ends. Once again,
it starts in the third quarter. If you gain points, then that just makes it 
that much harder for the opposing players.

However, keep in mind that the other time doesn't have to win, they just have 
to get ahead of you in points.

Easy Win
Difficulty: Easy
This scenario begins in the second quarter. Here you are winning by three 
points. Now you just have to win the rest of the game. It's just another 
variation of the last two scenarios. The same strategies will apply here just 

Cake Walk
Difficulty: Easy
It's the end of the third quarter. Your team is winning by 16 points. Now 
finish the game. This is basically just one quarter of football. In order to 
catch up, the opposing team has to score two touchdowns. This is very unlikely 
to happen, even if you don't have any idea what you're doing.

Difficulty: Normal
A full game, this practice sees you playing on Offense. Win the game. 
Obviously, your goal as an offensive player will be to get the ball down the 
field and into the endzone for a touchdown. If you're the QB, you'll want to 
be throwing it or running it strategically to avoid getting a 4th down. 

Difficulty: Normal
This is exactly like the last scenario, but roles reversed. This time the main 
focus is on your defensive abilities. It's yet again a full game of football, 
but you'll need to keep the other team from scoring.

The Grind
Difficulty: Normal
There are three minutes left on the clock in the 4th quarter. Your team is 
down by six, and there are two different options available to you. For one, you
can try to run the ball into the endzone for a touchdown and end it, or there's
another method that's a bit trickier on one end, but safer than a touchdown.

Your other option is to tie the game up. You can do this with two field goals. 
After that, the game will go into overtime and the next team to score will make
out with the victory. This is tougher on the later end, but it's safer than 
going for the touchdown.

Personally, I recommend going for the touchdown. Yes, it will be more of a 
challenge, but at the same time, it's faster, so if you can fail, you can 
just keep trying over and over again.

Difficulty: Normal
The game is tied 7-7 at Halftime. You have to stop the other team from scoring 
another touchdown while also getting ahead yourself. The main priority will 
first to keep the other team from scoring, and then you can focus on trying to 
score yourself. I'd avoid long passes that may be intercepted, as this can be 
a sure fire way for the other team to put more points on the board.

Hold the Lead
Difficulty: Normal
2:21 is left on the clock. The other team can't make a touchdown because you're
only up by 4 points. If they get the touchdown, you lose the scenario. Try to 
push them back as much as possible, and go straight for the QB each time, just 
in case he goes for a run.

3rd Quarter Rally
Difficulty: Hard
The 3rd quarter has just started and you're down by 10 points. This is a Coach 
oriented scenario. You have to "rally" the team to win by really pushing them 
to the endzone.

No Mistakes
Difficulty: Hard
Your team is winning by 3 points, there's 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter, 
and the opponent is just outside field goal range. Basically, the challenge 
here is to keep them pushed back. If their QB is running back, go for them to 
try to make them lose yards, which will in turn make this scenario much 

Uphill Battle
Difficulty: Hard
Your team is down by one touchdown and there are 4 minutes remaining in the 
4th quarter. Get a touchdown to win. Run the ball constantly. Yet again, a 
stray interception could cost you the scenario. If you're on the third down, I 
would then go for a pass because it's unlikely you'll be able to get first at 
that point anyway.

Close Call
Difficulty: Hard
Your team is winning by 2 points and there's 45 seconds left in the game. The 
opponents are just outside field goal range again. Stop them from gaining any 
yardage. Focus on the QB.

Comeback King
Difficulty: Hard
Down by 8 points, 3 minutes left. You have to score a touchdown, and then score
another point, either through the field goal or running the ball. Go for the 
touchdown, and then for the field goal, is my recommendation. Field goals are 
easier and safer to pull off.

The Trench
Difficulty: Hard
35 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Your team is up by 7. Your opponents are 
on the 10 yard line and you have to keep them from scoring a touchdown or else 
they will surely win the game. This one is incredibly tough because of how 
close your opponents are to the endzone. Your best bet is to try to make your 
defensive line as wide as possible to cover all the bases, and hope they try 
to throw it. If they try to throw it, you have a good chance of being able to 
take out the catcher before they can get their hands on the ball. Well, a 
better chance than taking out the QB and keeping him from the endzone when he's
that close.

2 Minute Drill
Difficulty: Hard
2 minute drill, you're down by three points, and your opponents have the ball. 
First get the ball back from your opponents. Make the plays as short as 
possible, and then continue to do so while you run the ball back down the 

Final Stand
Difficulty: Normal
You're winning by 2 points and there's 1 minute left in the game. The opponent 
has the ball on the 40 yard line. This is actually not that tough. Keep the 
plays long to run down the clock.

Ain't Over Yet
Difficulty: Hard
Beginning of the second half. Down by 14 points. Win the game. There's not 
much else to it. If you're playing as the Coach, keep in mind that the game 
will only give you XP for the Coach.

End Zone Protection
Difficulty: Hard
2 minutes left on the clock. The opponent has the ball on the 20 yard line, 
and you have 6 point lead. Yes, this is just another variation on past 

Difficulty: Very Hard
Down by 21 points. Middle of the 3rd quarter. Yup. This is called "Clutch" for 
a reason. Play incredibly aggressively. Usually I tell you not to throw long 
passes because of interceptions, but you HAVE to take risks here. This is going
to take multiple tries and a lot of luck to rebound from being down by 21 
points, but it's not impossible.

Difficulty: Very Hard
Winning by 1 point and there's 1 minute left in the game. Opponent is on the 
5 yard line. Make sure the QB is covered, but focus on the players that he 
could throw the ball to, as this is the most likely way they're going to score 

Difficulty: Very hard
Down by 16, end of the 3rd quarter. Just a normal game, and it's actually not 
as hard as the other scenario like this. Yes, you have less time to catch up, 
but there is also less points to catch up to as well.

Tough Road
Difficulty: Hard
Post-penalty, your opponents have the ball. This one is actually pretty damn 
easy compared to some of the last few scenarios. After getting the ball back, 
just treat this as a normal game.

Bad Start
Difficulty: Hard
Opponents have socred three touchdowns, comeback. Play aggressively as possible
at first, but then cool down after each touchdown you score. You don't want to 
give up the ball on accident or take any penalties.

Circle the Wagons
Difficulty: Very Hard
35-3 in the third quarter. This is nigh impossible. Check out the strategies 
for the other comeback scenarios and apply them here. I recommend beating all 
the other scenarios before even thinking of trying this one out.

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3. Roster
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In this section, you will find a list and information on all the different 
teams, the NFL Legends, and the Coaches that you can play is in the game.

In "Career" mode, you choose a specific player (or coach) to play as season 
after season. You can choose any player from any team and any position. The 
following is a list of teams, with their overall score at the start of the 

Chicago Bears - 83
Cincinnati Bengals - 84
Buffalo Bills - 80
Denver Broncos - 85
Cleveland Browns - 75
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 79
Arizona Cardinals - 78
San Diego chargers - 83
Kansas City Chiefs - 79
Indianapolis Colts - 73
Dallas Cowboyws - 85
Miami Dolphins - 75
Philadelphia Eagles - 86
Atlanta Falcons - 84
San Francisco 49ers - 89
New York Giants - 90
Jacksonville Jaguars - 77
New York Jets - 82
Detroit Lions - 86
Green Bay Packers - 91
Carolina Panthers - 79
New England Patriots - 91
Oakland Raiders - 76
St. Louis Rams - 72
Baltimore Ravens - 88
Washington Redskins - 77
New Orleans Saints - 85
Seattle Seahawks - 80
Pittsburgh Steelers - 87
Houston Texans - 88
Tennessee Titans - 81
Minnesota Vikings - 72
Canton Greats - 99

You can also choose to play as the Coach in "Career" mode. The following is a 
list of the coaches and the team they are for:

Lovie Smith - Bears
Marvin Lewis - Bengals
Chan Gailey - Bills
John Fox - Broncos
Pat Shurmur - Browns
Greg Schiano - Buccaneers
Ken Whisenhunt - Cardinals
Norv Turner - Chargers
Romeo Crennel - Chiefs
Chuck Pagano - Colts
Jason Garrett - Cowboys
Joe Philbin - Dolphins
Andy Reid - Eagles
Mike Smith - Falcons
Jim Harbaugh - 49ers
Tom Coughlin - Giants
Mike Mularkey - Jaguars
Rex Ryan - Jets
Jim Schwartz - Lions
Mike McCarthy - Packers
Ron Rivera - Panthers
Chad Masters - Patriots
Dennis Allen - Raiders
Jeff Fisher - Rams
John Harbaugh - Ravens
Mike Shanahan - Redskins
Dusty McDonald - Saints
Pete Carroll - Seahawks
Mike Tomlin - Steelers
Gary Kubiak - Texans
Mike Munchak - Titans
Leslie Frazier - Vikings

The following is a list of the NFL Legends that are available to play as. In 
"Career Mode", you can choose one of these legends and then play as a rookie 
version of them.

First, players:

Barry Sanders - RB
Dave Casper - TE
Deion Sanders - CB
Derrick Brooks - LB
Night Train Lane - CB
Emmitt Smith - RB
George Blanda - QB
Jerry Rice - WR
Mean Joe Greene - DT
Joe Montana - QB
John Elway - QB
John Mackey - TE
Kellen Winslow - TE
Lawrence Taylor - LB
Marshall Faulk - RB
Michael Irvin - WR
Otto Graham - QB
Reggie White - DE
Rod Woodson - CB
Ronnie Lott - FS
Shannon Sharpe - TE
Steve Young - QB
Troy Aikman - QB
Walter Payton - RB
Warren Moon - QB

Now, Coaches:

Bill Walsh - Strategist
Dick Vermeil - Team Builder
Joe Gibbs - Team Builder
John Madden - Motivator
Tom Flores - Motivator
Tom Landry - Strategist
Vince Lombardi - Motivator

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When playing a game in Madden NFL 13, you must first choose the venue, then 
you can edit other settings such as the amount of time on each quarter, how 
you want to call plays, the time of day it is when the game is taking place, 
and the type of weather it will be.

First off, this is a list of the different stadiums available to play on in the

* - No weather options allowed

Fawcett Stadium
Cardinals (Closed)*
Cardinals (Open)
Colts (Closed)*
Colts (Open)
Cowboys (Closed)*
Cowboys (Open)
Texans (Closed)*
Texans (Open)

Different weather settings can be placed on most of the stadiums. These 
weather settings don't have adverse effects on the gameplay, but you'll notice
visual differences as well as the AI controlled players playing somewhat 

These are the different types of weather that can be attributed to each game:

Partly Cloudy
Light Rain
Heavy Rain
Light Snow
Heavy Snow

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This guide was created using the Wii U version of the game. The Wii U version 
of Madden NFL 13 has ALL the features of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 
versions of the game, with the exception of the new physics engine, which has 
been removed in favor of canned animations.

The Wii U version of the game allows players to draw hot routes on the GamePad 
touchscreen. Furthermore, players are able to select plays using the GamePad 
screen as well.

Another feature of the Wii U version of the game is playing the entire game 
on the GamePad. To switch all the action to the GamePad, at the start menu, 
hold down the "minus" button for five seconds. You'll know the switch has been 
successful when sound starts coming out of the GamePad.

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6. Conclusion
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I hope this guide helped you in Madden NFL 13!

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