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.