Game Notes: Lions vs. Panthers

Posted Nov 20, 2011

  • In Detroit’s 49-35 win over the Carolina Panthers, the Lions overcame a 17-point deficit to claim victory. Added to their 24-point comeback earlier this year at Dallas (10/2) and the 20-point at Minnesota (9/25), it marks the first time in NFL history that a team has won three games in a season by overcoming deficits of at least 17 points.
  • The 49 points scored by the Lions in today’s game is tied for the fifth-most points scored by the team in team history. It is the most points scored by the Lions since they registered 55 points vs. Chicago November 27, 1997.
  • All 49 points by the Lions occurred via touchdowns. It ties a team record for the most touchdowns, which has occurred four previous times. The last time the Lions scored 7 touchdowns in a game was vs. Chicago November 27, 1997.
  • Also, the 49 points scored by the Lions occurred via offensive touchdowns (5 pass, 2 rush). It is only the second time in team history that the Lions scored 7 offensive touchdowns in a game. The other time the Lions scored 7 offensive touchdowns in game was vs. the New York Yanks November 23, 1950 (3 pass, 4 rush).
  • Stafford gave the Lions a 28-27 lead in the third quarter with a 17-yard pass to TE Tony Scheffler. Stafford has now thrown for 4 touchdown passes in 4 career games, which is the most in Lions history. The previous best was Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne who threw 4 touchdown passes in three games during his career.
  • Now with 200 passing yards so far in today’s game, QB Matthew Stafford has moved his season total to 2,708 and now has the most passing yards by a Lions quarterback through the first 10 games of a season. The previous high was QB Jon Kitna is 2007 with 2,673.
  • Smith's 43-yard run was his second longest of his career. His only other run longer was a 50-yard run at Minnesota (10/12/08).
  • In back-to-back plays, RB Kevin Smith accounted for 71 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown (43-yard run, 28-yard pass).
  • Lions C Dominic Raiola made his 150th career start at center for the Lions in today’s game vs. Carolina. He has now started the past 150-of-154 games dating back to the beginning of the 2002 season.
  • Overall, he has now played in 166 career games, which is 12th most in team history.
  • Lions T Jeff Backus made his 170th consecutive start at left tackle for the Lions. He ranks third among active players, most among offensive players, in consecutive starts.
  • By reaching 170 consecutive starts, he tied C Dermotti Dawson for the seventh-most consectutive starts by an offensive lineman since 1970.