PLAYER
Matthew Stafford
QB #9
Height:
6-3
Weight:
220
Age:
29
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Highland Park, TX
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2017):

TDS
6
INT
1
YDS
414
RTG
114.6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 2,678 4,347 30,717 7.1 193 109 246 1,573 87.2 247 888 3.6 14 45 19
2017 DET 2 2 44 62 414 6.7 6 1 4 10 114.6 5 37 7.4 0 1 1
2016 DET 16 16 388 594 4,327 7.3 24 10 37 216 93.3 37 207 5.6 2 3 2
2015 DET 16 16 398 592 4,262 7.2 32 13 44 251 97 44 159 3.6 1 4 2
2014 DET 16 16 363 602 4,257 7.1 22 12 45 254 85.7 43 93 2.2 2 8 3
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 ARI W 35-23 29 41 70.7 292 7.1 4 1 1 7 113.1 2 14 7 0 -- --
2 @NYG W 24-10 15 21 71.4 122 5.8 2 0 3 3 117.6 3 23 7.7 0 1 1

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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. He has led the Lions to 28 wins during his career when the team trailed or the game was tied in the fourth quarter or in overtime.

MANE FACTS

  • Pro Bowl: 2013 and 2014 Alternate, 2015
  • 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 and Bobby Layne Offensive MVP in 2015.
  • During the Lions’ dramatic 38-37 last second, come-from-behind win against Cleveland at Ford Field when he set 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.
  • 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.
  • With the help of Mitch Albom's S.A.Y. Detroit , Stafford's Score7 Charitable Foundation teamed up to re-open Detroit's Lipke recreation center as S.A.Y Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park in 2015. In partnership with the City of Detroit, the renovated complex was re-opened after closing down due to budget cuts in 2014, and now reatures a brand new professional turf football field, a 7,000 square foot digital learning center, music recording studio and more resources for the center's daily tutoring program.

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

2016: Set a single-game franchise record among Lions passers with 30+ pass attempts when he recorded a 139.8 passer rating in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16), surpassing the previous best of 138.1 set by QB Gary Danielson (12/9/78).
  • Made his 100th career start in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), becoming the first quarterback in Lions history to accomplish this milestone.
  • In Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20), Stafford started and played in his 103rd career game and surpassed QB Eric Hipple and QB Greg Landry for the most career games played by a Lions quarterback in team history. Hipple and Landry each played 102 games with the Lions during their respective careers.
  • In Week 12 vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), Stafford connected with WR Anquan Boldin for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Lions' 16-13 victory. With this touchdown pass, Stafford set a new franchise record with 15 career touchdown passes on Thanksgiving and broke the previous record held by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (14, 1950-58).
  • In Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4), set a new franchise record by completing 13 consecutive pass attempts. Stafford broke the previous record set by QB Jon Kitna (12, at Ari 11/19/06).

2015: Stafford’s 398 completions in 2015 season rank third all-time in Lions history. This season marks the fifth time in his seven-year career that he has eclipsed at least 370 completions in a season. Stafford also finished 2015 with the best single-season completion percentage in Lions history, completing 398 of his 592 pass attempts (67.2 percent), breaking his previous record of 63.5 percent set in 2011.

  • Stafford led the Lions offensive attack as Detroit won 45-14 on Thanksgiving over the Eagles (11/26). Stafford was 27-of-33 (71.1 pct) and threw for 337 yards and tied a career high with five touchdown passes. It was the fourth time in his career (last time at GB 1/2/12) that he has thrown for five touchdown passes in a game.
  • Stafford set a team record with five touchdown passes on Thanksgiving. He surpassed the previous record of four touchdown passes by Scott Mitchell (vs. Min 11/23/95), Eric Hipple (vs. NYJ 11/29/85) and Bobby Layne (vs. Green Bay 11/22/51). Stafford led the offense on six straight scoring drives and was the first Lions quarterback in team history to post five touchdown passes with zero interceptions in a game.
  • Stafford led the Lions to an 18-16 win over the Green Bay Packers (11/15/15) at Lambeau Field in his 88th career start, including playoffs. By starting in his 88th career game, Stafford surpassed Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne for the most overall starts (including playoffs) in team history. During his career, Layne started 87 career games (83 regular season and four postseason).
  • Stafford threw for 298 yards in the season finale at Chicago (1/3/16). In doing so, he finished with 4,262 yards and passed himself (4,257, 2014) for fifth place in Lions history for the most passing yards in a season. Among the top passers in team history, Stafford now holds five of the top six spots, including: 5,038 in 2011, 4,967 in 2012, 4,650 in 2013, 4,257 in 2014 and 2,262 in 2015.

2014: On Stafford’s 30-yard completion to WR Golden Tate in the second quarter at Arizona (11/16/14), he surpassed 20,000 career passing yards. By reaching 20,000 career passing yards in his 71st career game, he set a new NFL record reaching that mark in the fewest career games (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau). He broke the previous record set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino who accomplished this feat in 74 career games.

  • On his 59-yard touchdown pass to WR Golden Tate in the Lions’ 22-21 win over Atlanta in London (10/26/14), Stafford set the franchise’s all-time career passing touchdowns record with his 119th career touchdown pass. He broke the 58-year old record held by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (118, 1950-58).
  • Stafford broke the Lions career passing touchdowns record in his 69th career game. Layne threw for 118 touchdowns in 97 career games with the Lions.
  • With a start at Carolina (9/14/14), Stafford started in his 50th-straight game, becoming the first Lions quarterback in team history to start 50-straight games. In 2013, he set the franchise record when he started in his 43rd-consecutive game.
  • Stafford has the four highest seasons for pass attempts (727 in 2012, 663 in 2011, 634 in 2013 and 602 in 2014) in team history.
  • With 4,257 passing yards in 2014 Stafford joined QB Peyton Manning (5) and Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (4) as the only passers in NFL history with four 4,000-yard seasons in a passer’s first six years in the League.

2013: 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 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 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.

2012:  Stafford’s 37 completions vs. Atlanta (12/22/12) 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.

2009-11: 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

2016: In Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25) Stafford connected with WR Anquan Boldin for a 2-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, his 14th career touchdown pass at Lambeau Field. Stafford (15) surpassed QB Fran Tarkenton (13) for the most touchdown passes by an opposing quarterback in the history of Lambeau Field.

  • With 266 passing yards in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), Stafford logged his 100th career start and solidified his place in the record books by throwing for more yards in a player’s first 100 games (27,890) than any other quarterback in NFL history. With 18 completions in Week 7, Stafford (2,410) completed more passes than any player in NFL history through a player’s first 100 games. His game-winning touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin tied QB Peyton Manning (178) for the fourth-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 100 games.
  • By reaching 100 career games 2016, Stafford achieved the minimum to qualify among the best passers in NFL history with respect to passing yards per game. Currently with a mark of 278.0 (30,303 yards in 109 games), Stafford now stands in second place on the NFL’s all-time list behind Saints QB Drew Brees (283.7; 66,111 yards in 233 games).
  • In Week 12 vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), Stafford threw for 232 yards in the Lions’ 16-13 victory. Stafford became the third quarterback (QB Tony Romo, 2,338; Troy Aikman, 2,175) in NFL history to throw for 2,000 yards on Thanksgiving. In seven Thanksgiving games, he has thrown for a franchise record 2,219 yards and the second-most in NFL history.
  • With 23 pass completions in the 16-13 win over Minnesota, Stafford set a new NFL record for the fewest games needed to reach 2,500 career completions. Through 104 career games, his total of 2,507 completions surpassed the previous high set by Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who reached 2,500 completions in 110 games. He accomplished this six games faster than anyone in NFL history.

2015: With a 67.2 completion percentage on the season, Stafford became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete at least 60.0 percent of his passes in all 16 games. His recorded a career high 88.0 completion percentage in Week 14 at New Orleans (12/21).

  • With 298 passing yards at Chicago in Week 17 (1/3), Stafford became the second quarterback in NFL history to record 4,000-yards five times in his first seven seasons. He finished with 4,262 yards on the season and became the fifth quarterback (six times) in NFL history to reach 4,000 yards in five consecutive seasons. His 4,262 yards in 2015 rank fifth in team history.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), Stafford reached the 25,000 yard milestone when he connected with RB Theo Riddick on a five-yard pass deep in the red zone. With the 122 yards required to reach the milestone, Stafford surpassed Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino to become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 25,000 yards (90 games). Marino’s record was 92 games.
  • By throwing for 300+ yards vs. Chicago, Stafford recorded his 28th career 300-yard game and became the fifth player in NFL history with 28 300-yard games in a player’s first seven seasons. His 28 career 300-yard games are tied with QB Marc Bulger for the fifth-most 300-yard games by a quarterback in their first seven NFL seasons.

2014: Stafford, with 4,257 yards in 2014, reached 4,000 yards on the season and recorded his fourth career 4,000-yard season, an accomplishment he reached for the fourth-straight year (5,038 in 2011; 4,967 in 2012; 4,650 in 2013; 4,257 in 2014). With 4,000+ passing yards this year, Stafford joined QB Peyton Manning (5) and Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (4) as the only passers in NFL history with four 4,000-yard seasons in a passer’s first six years in the League.

  • Stafford is the second passer, along with Manning, in history to record four-straight 4,000-yard seasons during the player’s first six NFL seasons. He is one of six quarterbacks overall in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in four-straight seasons.

2013: Stafford is the second passer, along with Manning, in history to record four-straight 4,000-yard seasons during the player’s first six NFL seasons. He is one of six quarterbacks overall in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in four-straight seasons.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

2012:  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. He has led the Lions to 28 wins during his career when the team trailed or the game was tied in the fourth quarter or in overtime.

  • Replaced Broncos QB Peyton Manning in the 2015 Pro Bowl.
  • Team record 34 career 300+-yard games, breaking record held by Scott Mitchell (8, 1994-98). Of Stafford’s 43 career 300-yard games, eight occurred in 2011. Franchise best seven 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.
  • 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.

2016: Started in his sixth consecutive season opener in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11), finishing 31-of-39 for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Connected with TE Eric Ebron in the second quarter for a 6-yard touchdown pass, RB Ameer Abdullah in the third quarter for a 11-yard touchdown pass, and RB Theo Riddick in the fourth quarter for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Completed seven throws to WR Golden Tate, as well as a 32-yard pass to WR Marvin Jones Jr. Successfully threw passes to eight different receivers.

  • Completed 22 of 40 passes in Week 2 vs. Tennessee. Threw for 260 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and rushed for 31 yards with a career-high long of 24. Connected with WR Anquan Boldin for a 24-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
  • Completed 28 of 41 passes in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25). Threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns, his 32nd career game with over 300 passing yards and 25th career game with 3+ touchdown passes. Connected with WR Marvin Jones Jr. for two touchdowns including a 73-yarder, as well as with WR Anquan Boldin for a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.
  • In Week 4 at Chicago (10/2), completed 23 of 36 passes for 213 yards to eight different receivers. Rushed for 17 yards on two attempts with a long of 15.
  • Recorded his 26th career game with three or more touchdown passes in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9), linking up for two touchdowns with RB Theo Riddick and one with WR Marvin Jones Jr. Completed 19 of 25 passes for 180 yards, marking his ninth career game with a 75.0 or higher completion rating with a minimum 25 attempts. Led the offense on a fourth quarter drive resulting in a game-winning field goal, his 22nd career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime when the Lions were trailing or tied, and his 14th career game winning drive with less than two minutes to play or in overtime. Also rushed for 16 yards on a career-high six attempts.
  • In Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16), completed 23 of 31 passes for 270 yards, a long of 61 and four touchdown completions to four different receivers. Tied the game 28-28 when he connected with WR Golden Tate for a 23-yard touchdown pass with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. After regaining possession, Stafford led the offense on a game-winning drive resulting in a field goal which put the Lions ahead 31-28, his 23rd career game-winning drive when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter in overtime. Also rushed for 14 yards on five attempts.
  • Made his 100th career start in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), leading the Lions on his 24th career game-winning drive when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or on overtime. Stafford completed 18 of 29 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 32 yards on two attempts. Connected with WR Marvin Jones Jr. for a 52-yard reception that put the Lions in the redzone and resulted in a touchdown in the third quarter. With 1:05 remaining in the game and trailing Washington 17-13, Stafford connected with Jones for a 23-yard gain, rushed for 14 yards, hit WR Andre Roberts for a 20-yard reception and completed the scoring drive with a game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin.
  • In Week 8 at Houston (10/30), completed 27 of 41 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. Connected with RB Theo Riddick for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, as well as TE Eric Ebron for 79 yards on seven receptions.
  • In Week 9 at Minnesota (11/9), threw a 28-yard touchdown pass in overtime to WR Golden Tate to seal a Lions' road victory. This was his first career game-winning touchdown pass in overtime, his sixth career game-winning touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter or overtime and his 25th career game-winning drive when the team trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter or in overtime. Completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Played in his 103rd career game in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20) and surpassed QB Eric Hipple and QB Greg Landry for the most career games played by a Lions quarterback in team history. Completed 24 of 33 passes for 278 yards, including a 61-yard pass to TE Eric Ebron. Notched his 26th career fourth-quarter game-winning drive in the Lions' 26-19 come-from-behind victory.
  • In Week 12 vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), recorded his 27th career game-winning drive when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime in the Lions’ 16-13 victory. Completed 23 of 40 passes for 232 yards including a 41-yard completion to WR Golden Tate, and a two-yard touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin which came on the Lions’ opening drive. Stafford’s completion to Boldin was his 100th touchdown pass at Ford Field and his 15th touchdown on Thanksgiving. Also rushed for 30 yards on four attempts with a long of 15.
  • In Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4) completed 30 of 42 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns, including a 66-yarder to WR Golden Tate in the Lions 28-13 victory. Surpassed 3,000 passing yards on the year (3,224) and recorded his 33rd career game with 300+ passing yards. Also scrambled for 22 yards on three attempts and set a new single-season career high for rushing yards in a season (178).
  • In Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11), completed 21 of 35 passes for 223 yards including a 16-yard touchdown pass to WR Anquan Boldin. Stafford led the Lions on his 28th career fourth-quarter game-winning drive when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime, as he scrambled for a 7-yard touchdown with 3:17 left to play in the game. Stafford ended the day with 15 rushing yards on four attempts.
  • In Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18), completed 24 of 39 passes for 273 yards, including a 67-yarder to WR Golden Tate. Also rushed for 13 yards on two attempts.
  • In Week 16 at Dallas (12/26), completed 26 of 46 passes for 260 yards and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Completed passes to nine different receivers.
  • In Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1), completed 26 of 41 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns. Hit WR Anquan Boldin in the end zone for a fourth quarter 35-yard touchdown pass, as well as WR Golden Tate for a 3-yard touchdown. Tate, Boldin, TE Eric Ebron and WR Marvin Jones Jr. all posted 50+ receiving yards on the day.

2015:

  • Started in his fifth consecutive season opener in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13), finishing 19-of-30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In the first quarter, connected with TE Eric Ebron over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown. Late in the game, threw a bullet to RB Theo Riddick for a 21-yard touchdown.
  • In Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20), connected with WR Calvin Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown pass at the end of the second quarter. Stafford also hooked up with TE Eric Ebron for a 12-yard touchdown at the end of the fourth. Was 32-of-53 with 269  passing yards, notching two touchdowns and one interception on the day.
  • In Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27), was 31-of-45 for 282 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Spiraled the football through the middle and found rookie RB Ameer Abdullah for a 16-yard touchdown grab.
  • Was 24-for-35 with 203 yards and no interceptions in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • Recorded one touchdown pass when he found RB Theo Riddick on a six-yard connection early in the first quarter in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11). Finished 20-for-32 with 188 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and a long of 48 yards.
  • Had an outstanding performance in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). Was 27-of- 42 with 405 passing yards, four touchdowns one interception and a passer rating of 117.7. Was able to connect with four (L. Moore, T. Wright, C. Johnson and G. Tate) Lions receivers for touchdown passes, three of which occurred in the first half. In overtime, Stafford composed a game-winning drive when he found WR Calvin Johnson on a 57-yard catch that landed the Lions at the 37-yard line and set up the game-winning field goal.  Was fierce in the run game with six rushing attempts for 37 yards. Stafford ranked second on the sqaud in rushing yards and tied a single-game best in rushing attempts (six) and notched a single-game best in rushing yards (37).
  • In Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25) was 18-of-26 with 256 yards, two touchdowns, a long of 55 yards and a quarterback rating of 126.4. On the game’s opening drive, Stafford tossed a one-yard touchdown to WR Calvin Johnson that gave the Lions a 7-0 lead. On the second Lions possession of the game Stafford led the offense down the field, which culminated in a seven-yard touchdown pass to TE Eric Ebron to put the Lions up 14-3.
  • In Week 8 at Kansas City in the International Series in London, was 22-of-36 for 217 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a long of 30 yards. Connected with WR Lance Moore on a 21-yard touchdown pass.
  • In Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15) was 28-of-38 with 242 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, a long of 43 and a passer rating of 87.8. In a key late fourth quarter drive that helped solidify the 18-16 win, threw a bullet to WR Lance Moore for a four-yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter that put the Lions up two scores.
  • In Week 10 vs. Oakland (11/22) was 22-of-35 for 282 yards with a long of 36 and a passer rating of 88.0. Also was second on the team with 31 rushing yards, and recorded his 12th career rushing touchdown.
  • In Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26) was 28-of-38 for 337 yards with a season-high five touchdowns and tied his career high with five touchdown  passes, marking the fourth time in his career he has thrown five touchdown passes.  Stafford connected with WR Calvin Johnson for three touchdowns and found both WR Golden Tate and RB Theo Riddick for one touchdown apiece. He set a career single-game high by accumulating a passer rating of 137.8. His previous best was 137.6 vs. San Diego in Week 16 of the 2011 season.
  • In Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3) was 23-of-35 for 220 yards with two touchdowns passes. Led the offense to back-to-back scoring drives in the first quarter. For the first touchdown of the night, threw a bullet to TE Eric Ebron for a three-yard touchdown.  Connected with WR Calvin Johnson for a 17-yard acrobatic touchdown grab after S Glover Quin’s interception of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers that placed the ball at the Packers 22-yard line.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), was 30-of-46 for 245 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Connected with WR Golden Tate for both touchdowns.
  • In Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21), was 22-of-25 for 254 yards, three touchdowns and a career high passer rating of 148.6. For the second-straight week connected with WR Golden Tate for two touchdown grabs, both happening in the first half. Also found RB Michael Burton for his first career touchdown grab for four yards. With an 88-percent completion percentage, Stafford set a new single game best in the category. Combined with last week’s performance at New Orleans, Stafford completed 51-of-62 passes (82.3 pct) for 555 yards with five touchdowns and 0 interceptions over the past two games. His two-game passer rating reached 130.9, which is the best passer rating over two games (min. 25 att/g) by a Lions quarterback since QB Dave Krieg tallied a rating of 131.4 over a two-game span in 1994. That season, Kreig completed 38 of 55 passes for 547 yards with five touchdowns against Buffalo (11/24/94) and Green Bay (12/4/94).
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27) was 29-of-37 with 301 yards and threw two touchdowns to WRs TJ Jones and Calvin Johnson. In the Lions’ 32-17 win over San Francisco, Stafford’s 301 yards marked his 30th career 300-yard game and he became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to register 30+ 300-yard games in a player’s first seven seasons.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), finished out the season in impressive fashion, completing 28-of-39 passes, three touchdowns, 298 yards and a passer rating of 119.4. On the Lions’ opening drive, Stafford connected with TE Tim Wright on a nine-yard touchdown pass for his 30th of the season. Stafford became the first player in Lions history to reach 30+ touchdowns in two different seasons (41, 2011).
  • With three touchdowns against the Bears, he finished with 32 and tied QB Scott Mitchell (1995) for the second-most by a Lions quarterback in a single season.
    • With a passer rating above 115.0 at Chicago, Stafford (119.4 at Chi 1/3/16) became only the second Lions quarterback since 1950 to register a passer rating of 115.0+ in three consecutive games. He is the first to accomplish this since QB Charlie Batch in 1998 (131.6 vs. Chi 11/15/98; 117.1 at TB 11/22/98; 117.3 vs. Pit 11/26/98).
    • By throwing three touchdowns against the Bears, Stafford threw 3+ touchdowns in a game for the 23rd time in his career. Earlier this year, Stafford threw five touchdowns on Thanksgiving vs. Philadelphia (11/26), 4 touchdowns vs. Chicago (10/18) and 3 touchdowns at New Orleans (12/21). Against Chicago, he has now thrown for 3+ touchdowns in a game four times (3 vs. Chi 12/30/12; 3 at Chi 11/10/13; 4 vs. Chi 10/18/15; 3 at Chi 1/3/16).

2014: Finished his sixth NFL season 363-of-602 passing for 4,257 yards (60.3-percent), 22 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions for an overall quarterback rating of 85.7. Led the Lions to five come-from-behind wins when the team was trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime, while also setting new franchise records for career touchdown passes (131) and career passing yards (21,714) in 2014.

  • Displayed his leadership in the Lions’ new offense on Monday Night Football vs. the New York Giants in Week 1 (9/8) with a 346-yard, two-touchdown performance, including two touchdown passes to WR Calvin Johnson on the first two drives of the game. Stafford also punched in a five-yard rushing score, the 10th rushing touchdown of his career.
  • Started in his 50th-consecutive game in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14), finishing 27-of-48 for 291 yards and one touchdown and one interception.
  • Helped orchestrate a late scoring drive on a RB Reggie Bush touchdown that iced the Lions’ 19-7 win over the Packers in Week 3 (9/21) with a 6:54 drive to seal the game. Finished the game 22-of-34 passing for 246 yards.
  • Led the Lions offense to three touchdown drives, capped by his second rushing score of the season in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28). Finished 24-of-34 for 293 yards and two touchdown passes.
  • Completed 18-of-31 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown and one interception in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Threw for 185 yards and one touchdown while completing 18-of-33 passes in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Completed 27-of-40 passes (67.5 pct) for 299 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 24-23 come-from-behind win against the New Orleans Saints.
  • Completed 24-of-47 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26), including a 59-yard touchdown to WR Golden Tate which set the franchise’s all-time career passing touchdowns record with his 119th career touchdown pass. He broke the 58-year old record held by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (118, 1950-58).
  • Completed 27-of-42 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns while also engineering his 15th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, and accomplished this for the third consecutive game in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9).
  • Threw for 183 yards while completing 18-of-30 passes in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Threw for 264 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Completed 34-of-45 passes for a season-high 390 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Completed 26-of-34 passes (76.5 pct) for 311 yards and threw for three touchdowns in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7). Stafford garnered his 27th career 300-yard passing game with 311 yards in the air. This was his fourth 300-yard game of the season. He now has registered 300 yards in back-to-back games eight times in his career.
  • Threw for 153 yards while completing 17-of-28 passes in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14). He led the Lions on his 16th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. The 10-play drive, which started at the Lions’ own 20-yard line, covered 65 yards and culminated with a 33-yard field goal by K Matt Prater.
  • Completed 22-of-39 passes for 243 yards in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21). Now with 4,040 yards this year, he reached 4,000 yards on the season for the fourth time in his six-year career.
  • Threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns while completing 20-of-41 passes in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28). With three touchdown passes at Green Bay, Stafford finished the 2014 season with 22 passing touchdowns and registered 20+ TD passes on the season for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Completed 28-of-42 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

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.

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