Game Notes: Lions at Saints

Posted Dec 4, 2011

  • With a start in today’s game, T Jeff Backus has established a new franchise record for consecutive starts with 172. Backus broke the team’s record previously set by Hall of Fame CB Dick leBeau (171).
  • Backus has started every game since he was drafted by the Lions in 2001.
  • He now has the seventh-most consecutive starts by an offensive lineman in the NFL since 1970.
  • Additionally, Backus has the third-most starts among active players, along with the most among active offensive players and most among interior linemen (offense and defense).
  • On the Lions opening offensive play of the game vs. New Orleans, rookie WR Titus Young started at receiver and took the end-around for an 11-yard gain. The rushing attempt was Young’s first of his career.
  • On the final play of the first quarter, rookie DT Nick Fairley recorded his first career sack dropping the Saints for a 1-yard loss on 2nd-and-3 at the Saints 10-yard line.
  • WR Calvin Johnson, who entered the game with 5,214 career receiving yards, caught 2 passes for 19 yards on the Lions first scoring drive of the game that resulted in a touchdown. Johnson has now moved past WR Gail Cogdill (5,221, 1960-68) for fourth place on the Lions all-time receiving yards list.
  • His two receptions moves him past WR Brett Perriman (334, 1991-95) for the most receptions by a Lions receiver in their first five seasons with the team.
  • On the first play of the second half, Johnson registered a 22-yard catch. He moved past WR Brett Perriman (5,244 1991-96) for third place on the Lions all-time career receiving yards list.
  • Johnson, who entered the game with 333 career receptions, has surpassed Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders (336, 1968-77) for fifth place on the team’s career receptions list.
  • In today’s game, QB Matthew Stafford, who entered the game with 3,113 passing yards this season, has moved past QB Gary Danielson (3,223 in 1980) for fifth place on the team’s single-season passing yards list.
  • Stafford’s 9-yard pass to RB Maurice Morris near the end of the third quarter was his 27th on the season. He moved past Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (26, 1951) for the second-most touchdowns by a Lions quarterback in a single-season.
  • Stafford has now surpassed 300 yards for the sixth time in his career. He passed Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne for third on the Lions all-time list for career 300-yard passing games.