Team

Matthew Stafford
QB #9
Height:
6-3
Weight:
234
Age:
26
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Dallas, Texas
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2014):

TDS
9
INT
6
YDS
1,891
RTG
87.9
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 1,644 2,749 19,348 7 118 79 140 985 83.6 141 428 3 11 32 12
2014 DET 7 7 159 252 1,891 7.5 9 6 24 143 87.9 23 36 1.6 2 3 1
2013 DET 16 16 371 634 4,650 7.3 29 19 23 168 84.2 37 69 1.9 2 12 4
2012 DET 16 16 435 727 4,967 6.8 20 17 29 212 79.8 35 126 3.6 4 6 4
2011 DET 16 16 421 663 5,038 7.6 41 16 36 257 97.2 22 78 3.5 0 5 1
2010 DET 3 3 57 96 535 5.6 6 1 4 36 91.3 4 11 2.8 1 2 1
2009 DET 10 10 201 377 2,267 6 13 20 24 169 61 20 108 5.4 2 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultPassingRushingFumbles
CompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
1 NYG W 35-14 22 32 68.8 346 10.8 2 0 1 5 125.3 4 2 0.5 1 -- --
2 @CAR L 7-24 27 48 56.3 291 6.1 1 1 4 38 72.5 1 8 8 0 -- --
3 GB W 19-7 22 34 64.7 246 7.2 0 2 2 8 61.6 6 8 1.3 0 1 1
4 @NYJ W 24-17 24 34 70.6 293 8.6 2 0 4 21 116.4 6 8 1.3 1 -- --
5 BUF L 14-17 18 31 58.1 231 7.5 1 1 6 27 78.8 3 8 2.7 0 2 0
6 @MIN W 17-3 19 33 57.6 185 5.6 1 0 4 30 83.5 1 1 1 0 -- --
7 NO W 24-23 27 40 67.5 299 7.5 2 2 3 14 85.3 2 1 0.5 0 -- --

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Biography

As the Lions’ starting signal caller, Stafford combines great arm strength and accuracy with exceptional ability to read opponents’ defenses to lead the team’s offense.

MANE FACTS

  • Pro Bowl: 2013 and 2014 Alternate
  • 2011 Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year.
  • Voted by fans the 2012 ESPY for Best Comeback Athlete.
  • Voted by his teammates for the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award in 2011.
  • During the Lions’ dramatic 38-37 last second, come-from-behind win against Cleveland at Ford Field when he set an NFL rookie passing records for yards (422) and tied a record for touchdowns (five), Stafford was mic’d up by NFL Films for that memorable win. Stafford suffered a shoulder injury on the last timed play of regulation. Following a pass interference penalty in the end zone and a Browns timeout, Stafford forced himself back on the field for one more throw that resulted in the game winning touchdown to TE Brandon Pettigrew. As published in the Detroit Free Press: NFL Films president Steve Sabol said Stafford “earned a lasting place in the cinematic folklore of the NFL.” Stafford was wired for sound when he suffered an AC joint separation, came back and threw the winning touchdown with no time left against the Browns. Sabol called it “the most dramatic player wiring ever” -- and NFL Films has wired more than 350 players since 1965.
  • Was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and was voted Rookie of the Week for Week 11 of the 2009 season.
  • Attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, the same high school that Lions Hall of Famers QB Bobby Layne and RB Doak Walker attended. Layne and Walker led the Lions to NFL Championships in 1952 and 1953. Layne also led the team to the 1957 NFL Championship.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Lions to a three-year extension on July 10, 2013.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Lions December 24, 2010.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Lions December 26, 2009.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (1st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

FRANCHISE RECORDS AND NOTES

  • Stafford’s 4,650 passing yards in 2013 rank third on the team’s all-time single-season passing yards list, and he now owns the top three spots on that list (5,038 in 2011; 4,967 in 2012).
  • Stafford has the three highest seasons of pass attempts (727 in 2012, 663 in 2011, and 634 in 2013) in team history.
  • With 235 passing yards against Baltimore (12/16/13), Stafford surpassed 4,000 yards on the season and became the Lions’ first passer in team history to record 4,000 yards in three different seasons. He also threw for 5,038 yards in 2011 and 4,967 yards in 2012.
  • With three touchdowns vs. Green Bay (11/28/13), Stafford became the first passer in club history with 25+ touchdowns in two different seasons (41, 2011; 29, 2013).
  • Stafford threw for 362 yards at Pittsburgh (11/17/13) and set the franchise record for career passing yards previously set by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (15,710). With 362 yards against the Steelers, he had passed for 16,005 yards in 55 career games and broke the record on his 79-yard touchdown pass to WR Calvin Johnson in the second quarter.
  • Stafford is now the first player in team history to throw for 17,000 career passing yards as his current total stands at 17,457.
  • Stafford broke Layne’s record, which has stood for 55 seasons (1958), in only his 55th career game. Layne reached 15,710 yards in 97 career games.
  • Stafford, now with 109 career touchdown passes, became the second player in Lions history to throw for 100 career touchdowns. He joined Layne (118) as the only players in team history to record 100 career touchdown passes.
  • Stafford reached 100 passing touchdowns in his 55th career game. Layne tossed his 100th touchdown with the Lions in his 69th game with the club.
  • With a start at Pittsburgh (11/17/13), Stafford set the franchise record for consecutive starts by a Lions quarterback with 42, dating back to September 11, 2011. He broke a tie with QB Greg Landry (41) for the most consecutive starts by a Lions QB in franchise history.
  • He also set that same mark for consecutive starts including playoffs (43) by surpassing Landry (42).
  • Stafford threw for 327 yards in the first half at Pittsburgh (11/17/13). His 327-yard first half set a franchise record for the most passing yards in the first half of a game by a Lions passer, breaking the previous best of 314 by QB Jon Kitna at Philadelphia (9/23/07).
  • Stafford’s 327 yards in the first half surpassed his previous career best of 270 yards in the first half vs. Cleveland (11/22/09). It was the first time in his career he passed for 300 yards in the first half of a game.
  • With Stafford connecting to WR Calvin Johnson on two touchdown passes at Chicago (11/10/13), they combined for 36 touchdown receptions, breaking the franchise record for the most QB-Receiver touchdown combinations in team history. They broke the previous record of 35 set by QB Scott Mitchell and WR Herman Moore (1994-98) and their current total stands at 39.
  • In the Lions’ 31-30 win over Dallas (10/27/13), Stafford passed for 488 yards. It was the second-highest single-game total in team history and the most in a Lions’ win. Stafford’s 488 passing yards vs. Dallas trails only his 520 yards at Green Bay January 1, 2012.
  • Stafford’s 488 passing yards was his sixth 400-yard game and 21st 300-yard game of his career. Stafford holds six of the team’s nine 400+-yard games in franchise history.
  • His 488 passing yards are the most at home by a Lions quarterback in team history.
  • Stafford’s four touchdown passes at Cleveland (10/13/13) gave him his 13th career game with 3+ touchdown passes, which set a franchise record for the most career games with 3+ touchdown passes. He surpassed Layne who tallied 12 during his career with the Lions.
  • Stafford’s 37 completions vs. Atlanta last season (12/22) established a new Lions single-game record. Stafford (at GB 1/1/12) and QB Charlie Batch (at Ari 11/8/01) held the previous record of 36.
  • With 435 completions in 2012, Stafford broke his own team single-season franchise record of 421 completions set in 2011.
  • Stafford reached 1,000 pass completions the fastest in Lions’ history by doing so in his 41st career game vs. Indianapolis in 2012 (12/2). Layne reached 1,000 completions in 86 games and Mitchell accomplished this in 55 games.
  • Stafford set a new Lions record on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 vs. Houston (11/22) with 441 yards on 31-of-61 passing.
  • Stafford broke the franchise record for fewest games to pass for 10,000 yards with 37. Previously, QB Scott Mitchell held the fastest mark when he threw for 10,000 yards in 45 games.
  • The 24-point comeback at Dallas (10/2/11) was the third 20+-point comeback of his career, and second in consecutive weeks, making the Lions the only team to do so in NFL history. Stafford now joins Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne as the only quarterbacks in team history to lead the Lions back to victories from 24-point deficits. Stafford led the team’s only 24-point comeback on the road.
  • With the 24-point comeback on the road, the Lions tied an NFL record for the largest comeback by a road team, accomplished three previous times. The last 24-point comeback occurred December 6, 1992 when the Los Angeles Rams won at Tampa Bay 31-27 after trailing by 24 points.
  • The 20-point comeback at Minnesota (9/25/11) was the second 20+-point comeback Stafford engineered during his career. In 2009, he helped bring the Lions back from 21 points down vs. Cleveland (11/22/09) at Ford Field. The comeback against the Vikings was also the Lions largest halftime deficit to overcome in team history (20 points).
  • He and Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne are the only quarterbacks in team history to engineer 20+-point comebacks in team history (regular season). Layne engineered the largest comeback ever by bringing the Lions back from 24 points down vs. Baltimore (10/20/57). In the postseason, the Lions also came back from a 20-point deficit at San Francisco December 22, 1957, quarterbacked by Tobin Rote, to claim a 31-27 win after training 27-7 in the third quarter. The playoff game is known in Lions history as the “Comeback at Kezar.”

NFL RECORDS AND NOTES

  • By reaching 4,500 passing yards in 2013, Stafford joined Saints QB Drew Brees (4, 2010-2013) as the only passer in NFL history to throw for 4,500 passing yards in three-consecutive seasons.
  • He also joined QB Peyton Manning, Brees and QB Tom Brady as the fourth player in NFL history with three career 4,500-yard seasons.
  • Stafford also became the first quarterback in League history to throw for 4,500+ yards three times in his first five seasons.
  • Stafford’s 79-yard touchdown pass to WR Calvin Johnson at Pittsburgh (11/17/13) was the 100th career touchdown pass of his career. Accomplishing this feat in 55 games, he is the fourth fastest player to throw for 100 touchdown passes.
  • He joins Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (44), QB Kurt Warner (50) and Hall of Fame QB Johnny Unitas (53) as the only players in history to throw 100 touchdown passes in their first 55 games.
  • Stafford’s 488 passing yards vs. Dallas (10/27/13) moved him past 15,000 career yards as he did so in his 53rd career game. He reached 15,000 career yards faster than any player in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 56 games set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, QB Kurt Warner and QB Marc Bulger.
  • By throwing for 242 yards vs. Chicago (9/29/13), Stafford set a new NFL record for the most passing yards in a player’s first 50 games. Through 49 career games, Stafford tallied 14,069 yards, breaking the previous mark set by QB Kurt Warner’s (13,864).
  • Through 50 career games, Stafford completed 1,239 passes, the most by any quarterback in their first 50 games.
  • With 23 pass completions vs. Chicago (9/29/13), Stafford (1,214) became the first player in NFL history to record 1,200 completions in a player’s first 50 games.
  • With 42 pass attempts vs. Chicago in 2012 (12/30), Stafford set the NFL record for single-season attempts by registering 727 pass attempts. He broke the record held by QB Drew Bledsoe (691) in 1994. Stafford is the first player in NFL history to attempt 700 passes in a season.
  • In 2012, Stafford became just the second quarterback in NFL history to register 420 completions in two different seasons (2011, 2012). He joins Brees (422 in 2012; 469 in 2011; 448 in 2010; 440 in 2007) as the only passers in history to accomplish this feat.

PRO
As the Lions’ starting signal caller, Stafford combines great arm strength and accuracy with exceptional ability to read opponents’ defenses to lead the team’s offense.

  • Since the beginning of the 2010 season, he has started in 51 games and has tossed 96 touchdown passes (53 interceptions), and 36 of those touchdowns have gone to WR Calvin Johnson.
  • Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Stafford has engineered 10 fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drives, including three in 2013.
  • Team record 23 career 300+-yard games, breaking record held by
  • Franchise best six career 400-yards games, including two in 2011. First player ever to throw for over 500 yards in a game in Lions history.
  • Rookie campaign was highlighted by his 13 touchdowns passes (Lions rookie passing record) and his gritty performance against Cleveland (11/22/09) when he threw for an NFL record 422 yards and tied a league single-game rookie record with five touchdown passes.
  • Was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and was voted Rookie of the Week for Week 11 of the 2009 season.
  • Selected by Lions with the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and was named the team’s starting quarterback to start the regular season. He was the youngest player to start the regular season at quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 1993.

2013: Voted team captain for the fourth-straight season (201L3) and was a Pro Bowl alternate (2014) for the second-straight season. Became just the second passer in NFL history to throw for 4,500+ passing yards in three-consecutive seasons (Saints QB Drew Brees, 4, 2010-2013). In 2013, Stafford was 371-of-634 (58.5 pct) for 4,650 yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions and had a passer rating of 84.2 as he finished fourth in the League in passing yards. He continued his assault on the Lions record books as he became the franchise leader in career passing yards (17,457), breaking the 55-year old record (1958) held by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne. With only five years under his belt, Stafford (109) now trails Layne (118) for the most touchdown passes in Lions history.

  • Completed 28-of-43 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 34-24 opening day win vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • His 357 yards was the second-highest tally by a Lions quarterback on opening day in team history (Bobby Layne, 364; vs. Pittsburgh 9/27/53). Stafford’s 357-yard outing was his 18th career 300-yard game and the third he has tallied on opening day.
  • Stafford now has three of the top five highest games of passing yards on opening day in team history. He also surpassed the 13,000-yard mark for career passing yards and became the second player in team history to reach that milestone (Bobby Layne, 15,710).
  • Threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24-of-36 passes in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Stafford registered 210 passing yards in the first half at Arizona, surpassing the 200-yard mark in the first half of a game for the 11th time in his career. He passed for 200 yards in the first half in the first two games of the season, which is the fourth time in his career he has recorded 200-yards in the first half in back-to-back games.
  • Completed 25-of-42 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns (one interception) as he led the Lions to a 27-20 win in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Stafford recorded his 10th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter when the Lions were trailing or tied. Detroit was tied with Washington at 17-17 entering the fourth quarter. With 11:08 left, Stafford led the Lions on a scoring drive that culminated in a 28-yard field goal to give the Lions a lead which they would not relinquish.
  • By surpassing 200 yards in the first half at Washington (12th time in his career), Stafford became the second quarterback (Patriots QB Tom Brady, 2011) to throw for 200 yards in the first half in each of the season’s first three games.
  • Completed 23-of-35 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown (one interception) in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Threw for 262 yards and one touchdown while completing 25-of-40 passes in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Stafford proved to be the Lions’ steady hand as he guided Detroit to a 31-17 win in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13) after trailing 17-7 at halftime. On the day, he completed 25-of-43 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns (one interception).
  • Stafford led the Lions to 24 unanswered points in the second half, including 17 points in the fourth quarter after trailing 17-14 to begin the final quarter of the game. In the second half, Stafford completed 15-of-21 passes (71.4 pct) for 165 yards and threw three touchdowns as he garnered a 114.1 passer rating. • With four touchdowns at Cleveland (10/13), it marked the seventh time in his career he has thrown 4+ touchdown passes in a game. The Lions are now 6-1 when he throws 4+ touchdowns in a game.
  • By claiming victory at Cleveland (10/13) after trailing 17-14 entering the fourth quarter, Stafford notched his 11th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
  • Completed 28-of-51 passes for 357 yards and connected on three touchdowns in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Stafford garnered his 14th career game with 3+ touchdown passes and accomplished this for the second week in a row.
  • Stafford led the Lions to a last-minute 31-30 win over Dallas in Week 8 (10/27) as he completed 33-of-48 passes (68.8 pct) for 488 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard dive with 12 seconds left to play in regulation after he led the team on a six-play, 80-yard drive in 50 seconds (took possession with 1:02 left).
  • Stafford’s 488 passing yards was his sixth 400-yard game and 21st 300-yard game of his career. Stafford holds six of the team’s nine 400+-yard games in franchise history.
  • Completed 18-of-35 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns (one interception) in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • His three-touchdown performance was the 15th time in his career he has accomplished this and it was the third time in his last four games.
  • With 362 yards and two touchdowns at Pittsburgh in Week 11 (11/17), Stafford reached 16,005 passing yards in 55 career games and set the franchise record for career passing yards previously set by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (15,710).
  • Completed 22-of-35 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28) on Thanksgiving.
  • Completed 10-of-25 passes for 151 yards in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Threw for 235 yards and one touchdown (three interceptions) in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Threw for 222 yards in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Threw for 217 yards and one touchdown in the season finale at Minnesota (12/29) to finish the year with 4,650 passing yards, reaching 4,500+ passing yards in a season for the third-straight year and the third time in his career.
  • His 2013 total of 29 touchdown passes are the third-most in Lions history.

2012: Voted team captain for the third-straight year (201L2) and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2012. Finished the season just 33 passing yards shy of becoming only the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. In 2012, Stafford was 435-of-727 (59.8 pct) for 4,967 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and had a passer rating of 79.8 as he led the League in pass completions and finished second in passing yards behind QB Drew Brees (5,177).

  • Registered his seventh-career fourth quarter game-winning drive when trailing or tied as he led the Lions back to a 27-23 victory over the Rams on opening day (9/9). Trailing 23-20 with 1:55 left to play and with only one time out, Stafford and the Lions went on a 9-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 1:45.
  • Threw for 355 yards in the win against the Rams (9/9), the second highest tally in Lions history on opening day (QB Bobby Layne, 364 vs. Pit September 27, 1953). Also joins Layne as the only passers in team history with two 300-yard games on opening day.
  • Completed 33-of-42 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 at Tennessee (9/23). Helped lead the Lions to achieving 583 yards of total offense. Detroit’s 583 yards were the second-highest single game tally in team history.
  • Rebounded in the fourth quarter to help lift the Lions to a 26-23 overtime win at Philadelphia. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Stafford was 15-of-24 (62.5 pct) for 220 yards and threw one touchdown as he compiled a 106.3 rating in the final quarter and overtime. Trailing by as much as 10 points in the fourth, Stafford guided the Lions to a game-tying field goal with 0:03 left and helped put them in position for a 45-yard game-winning field goal.
  • Connected with WR Titus Young on a one-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-1 with 20 seconds left to play that resulted in the game-winning touchdown pass against Seattle (10/28). He is the only quarterback in the NFL since the 1970 merger to throw four-game winning touchdown passes with less than one minute to play in his first 36 career starts (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).
  • On a 28-yard completion to TE Tony Scheffler in the first quarter at Jacksonville (11/4), Stafford reached 10,000 yards for his career. He became the second fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career yards, doing so in 37 career games. Only QB Kurt Warner took fewer games (36) to reach 10,000 career passing yards.
  • With 313 passing yards vs. Indianapolis in Week 13 (12/2), Stafford increased his season total to 3,742 and reached 3,500 yards in the first 12 games of the season for the second consecutive year. Throwing for 3,500 yards in the first 12 games of a season is a franchise record and Stafford is the only player in team history to accomplish this feat.
  • Threw for 443 yards on 37-of-56 passing in Week 16 vs. Atlanta, surpassing Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (1,074) for the most pass completions in Lions history.
  • Threw for 272 yards on 24-of-42 passing and three touchdowns in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30), setting the NFL record for single-season attempts by registering 727 passing attempts. He broke the record previously held by QB Drew Bledsoe (691) in 1994.

2011: Team’s third-year starting quarterback who was named an offensive team captain for the second-consecutive year. Had one of the most remarkable passing seasons by a quarterback 23 years or younger in the NFL. Completed 421-of-663 passes (63.5 pct.) for 5,038 yards and 41 TDs, with a passer rating of 97.2.

  • Among 2011 NFL leaders, Stafford was second in completions (421), third in passing yards (5,038), third in touchdown passes (41), fifth in passer rating (97.2), fifth in completion percentage (63.5) and first in attempts (663).
  • Fourth quarterback in team history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season (QB Drew Brees 5,069 in 2008 and 5,476 in 2011), Tom Brady (5,235 in 2011) and Dan Marino (5,084). Stafford’s 5,038 passing yards ranks fifth all-time in NFL history. Only Stafford (3rd season) and Marino (second season) has ever accomplished this feat with 3 or less years of experience.
  • Brees (2011), Marino and Stafford are the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 5,000+ passing yards and 40+ touchdowns.
  • Second youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season. He is second only to QB Dan Marino in 1984. Stafford did so at the age of 23 years, 23 months and 10 days, and Marino accomplished it at 23 years, 2 months and 17 days.
  • Logged seven games in 2011 with 3+ touchdowns, which is a new franchise record. He passed QB Bobby Layne (6, 1951) for the team record.
  • Set a new single game career-high with a quarterback rating of 118.9 in Week 1 at Tampa Bay (9/11). It was the highest passer rating posted by a Lions quarterback on opening day since QB Gary Danielson registered a 119.6 vs. San Francisco (9/2/84). It is also the highest passer rating recorded by a Lions quarterback on the road in an opener dating back to at least 1950.
  • Finished the home opener vs. Kansas City (9/18) 23-of-39 (58.9 pct) for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns, ending the day with a 106.1 passer rating. His four touchdown passes marked the third-career game of having at least four touchdown passes.
  • Helped turn the Lions’ 20-0 halftime deficit at Minnesota (9/25) into a 26-23 win in overtime by completing 32-of-46 passes (69.6 pct.) for 378 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a quarterback rating of 108.8. • After trailing at halftime 20-0, Stafford completed 22-of-30 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 129.0 in the second half and overtime. His 314 yards in the second half and overtime are the most in the League this season after halftime in a single game.
  • At Dallas (10/2), engineered his fourth-career comeback win. Finished the day 21-of-43 for 240 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, he was 10-of-16 for 121 yards and completed both scores for a fourth quarter QB rating of 125.3.
  • His 63 passing attempts at Chicago (11/13) set a new franchise record for a single game.
  • Stafford connected on five touchdown passes vs. Carolina (11/20) which ties a team single-game record (Gary Danielson vs. Min 12/9/78 and Stafford vs. Cle 11/22/09). He became the first player in team history to throw five touchdowns twice during his career.
  • In the season finale at Green Bay (1/2/12), Stafford completed 36-of-59 passes for 520 yards and five touchdowns. He broke the franchise’s single-game record for passing yards (previous: 446 by Jon Kitna 9/23/07). He tied the team single-season record for completions with 36 (Charlie Batch at Arizona 11/18/01) and touchdowns (Stafford vs. Cleveland 11/22/09 and vs. Carolina 11/20/11; Gary Danielson vs. Minnesota 12/9/78). Stafford’s five touchdowns at Green Bay are the most ever thrown in a road game by a Lions quarterback.

2010: Team’s second-year starting quarterback who was named an offensive team captain.

  • Started and played the first two quarters of the season opener at Chicago (9/12) before getting hit near the end of the half, forcing him out of the game with a shoulder injury. Finished with 11 of 15 completions for 83 yards.
  • Returned as starting quarterback in 37-25 win against Washington (10/31) after missing previous five games due to shoulder injury. Threw four touchdown passes, including game-winning touchdown to Calvin Johnson with 3:12 to take 28-25 lead. Threw for 212 yards on 25 completions, and finished with a 90.2 passer rating. It marked Stafford’s second career fourth-quarter come-from-behind win.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured December 24, 2010 due to right shoulder injury.

2009: Completed 201-of-377 passes (53.3) for 2,267 yards during his rookie campaign. His 13 touchdown passes set a Lions’ rookie passing record. Was one of four rookie starters (TE Brandon Pettigrew, S Louis Delmas and DT Sammie Hill) in season opener. It was the first time Detroit has had four rookie starters on opening day since 1978 when DB Luther Bradley, DE Al Baker, T William Fifer and G Homer Elias made their starting debut). First Lions rookie quarterback to start the season since QB Greg Landry in 1968. Was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 11) and voted Pepsi Rookie of the Week (Week 11) for his efforts in Lions 38-37 win vs. Cleveland (11/22).

  • Made his first career start in the season opener at New Orleans (9/13). Completed 16-of-37 passes for 205 yards and ran in for a one-yard touchdown.
  • Stafford (21 years, 218 days old) was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since QB Drew Bledsoe (21 years, 203 days old) started for the New England Patriots in the 1993 season opener.
  • Connected on his first career passing touchdown on an eight-yard pass to WR Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota (9/20). Completed 18-of-30 passes for 152 yards.
  • Had a record-setting game vs. Cleveland (11/22) in which he completed 26-of-43 passes for an NFL Rookie Record- (previous was Arizona QB Matt Lienart, 405 yards 11/26/06) 422 yards and tied the NFL Rookie Record with five passing touchdowns (tied with Chicago QB Ray Buivid 12/5/37).
  • His 422 yards are the third-highest Lions’ single-game total and are the most yards thrown for by a Lions’ quarterback in a win.
  • Stafford became just the second rookie in NFL history to throw for five touchdowns in a game and shattered the Lions’ previous rookie-high of two. His five touchdowns were thrown to five different receivers.
  • At 21 years, 288 days old, Stafford was the youngest player in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a game. Buivid accomplished the feat at 22 years, 112 days old.

COLLEGE
Stafford closed out his three-year career at Georgia ranking third on the school's all-time record list for yards passing (7,731), pass attempts (987), completed passes (564), touchdown passes (51), touchdowns responsible for (57), and yards in total offense (7,944). In 34 starting assignments, he compiled a 27-7 record (.794).

  • Stafford enjoyed his most successful collegiate season in 2008 starting in all 13 games and completed 235-of-383 passes (both fourth on the school season-record list) for 3,459 yards (second-best season total by a Bulldog passer), compiling a .6136 pass completion percentage. He also set the Bulldog season-record with 25 touchdown tosses and 10 interceptions and averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt, the third-best season total in Georgia history. His passing efficiency rating of 153.54 is the second-best annual mark in school annals. Also ran for 40 yards and a score on 55 carries (0.7 avg).
  • On 423 plays, he amassed a school season-record 3,499 yards in total offense (269.15 yards per game), along with being responsible for 26 touchdowns (third on the Georgia season-record list).
  • Capital One Bowl MVP. Earned All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors from the league's coaches and Associated Press.
  • Earned the team's Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year Award and received SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction for the fall semester.
  • Stafford started every game, in 2007 as a sophomore compiling an 11-2 record. Completed 194-of-348 passes (55.75%) for 2,523 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Carried 39 times for losses totaling 18 yards, but also scored twice on the ground. Averaged 192.69 yards per game on 387 total plays for 2,505 yards.
  • The recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Howard Williams, II, Football Scholarship.
  • The team ranked 74th in the nation with an average of 375.62 yards per game, but Stafford proved to be an opportunist, as the Bulldogs placed 34th in scoring (32.62 points per game).
  • In 2006, became the first quarterback to start for Georgia right out of high school (graduated from high school early and enrolled at UGA in January) since Eriz Zeier in 1991. Completed 135-of-256 passes (52.73%) for 1,749 yards, as he had seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Scored three times and gained 191 yards on 47 carries (4.1 avg). Participated in 303 plays, compiling 1,940 yards in total offense (149.23 yards per game).
  • Appeared in 13 games, compiling a 6-2 record after taking over as the team's starter in the final eight contests.
  • Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team by the league's coaches, twice earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
  • Recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Howard Williams, ILL, Football Scholarship.
  • Named the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

PERSONAL
Attended Highland Park (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Randy Allen. Parade, Super Prep and USA Today All-American selection.

  • Rated as the best prep passer in the country by Rivals.com and ranked second nationally by both Scout.com and ESPN.
  • Added Prep Star Top 100 honors, as that recruiting service ranked him third in the country at his position.
  • Three-time All-State selection, adding Gatorade Player of the Year, EA Sports National Player of the Year and Dallas Morning News Area Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior.
  • Received a five-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Chosen Class AAAA Player of the Year by Dave Campbells Texas Football. Named Class AAAA "Mr. Texas Football" from TexasFootball.com.
  • As a senior, Stafford threw for 4,018 yards on 209 of 322 passing and 38 touchdowns, as he led his team to the Class AAAA championship, its first title since1957. Also rushed for 212 yards and eight touchdowns on 42 carries.
  • In the first round of the 2005 state playoffs, he rallied .his team from a 17-0 deficit to win 38-31 with 411 yards passing and four touch-downs.
  • Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tom Landry Classic.
  • Student Sports All-American and All-District choice after his final season.
  • Upon graduation, he was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game and to the EA Sports Elite 11 Camp for the nation's top quarterbacks.
  • During his junior year, Stafford threw for 1,748 yards and 18 touchdowns, as he was named to the Rivals.com Junior All-American Team.
  • As a sophomore, he had 2,945 yards and 36 touchdown passes.
  • Born John Matthew Stafford on February 7, 1988.
  • Sister, Page, is a student at the University of Georgia.

STAFFORD’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Passing Attempts: 63 at Chi 11/13/11
  • Passing Completions: 37 vs. Atl 12/22/12
  • Passing Yards: 520 at GB 1/1/12
  • Completion Percentage: 80.6 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Passing Touchdowns: 5 (three times) Last at GB 1/1/12
  • Longest Pass: 87 vs. Dal 10/27/13
  • Passer Rating: 137.6 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Rush Attempts: 6 vs. Min 9/8/13
  • Rush Yards: 31 vs. GB 11/24/11
  • Rushing Touchdown: 1 (10 times) Last vs. Dal 10/27/13
  • Longest Rush: 22 vs. GB 11/24/11

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