October 28, 2013 |
It took real guts Sunday for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford not to stop the clock in the waning moments of a game against Dallas and instead take it upon himself to score the winning touchdown. But what if he hadn't scored? Could the Lions have gotten off another play? A quick review: With no timeouts and his team trailing by six, Stafford had driven the Lions 79 yards in the final minute to the Dallas one. He wildly motioned to his teammates that he planned to spike the ball to stop the clock.
October 27, 2013 |
As the final seconds wound down in Sunday's game against Dallas, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford frantically urged his teammates to the line of scrimmage. He gestured wildly, giving everyone the impression he planned to spike the football to stop the clock, giving the Lions one last chance from the Cowboys' one-yard line. Then he noticed the Cowboys' sleepwalking linebackers. They weren't ready to explode off the ball. They were in position, but lethargically waiting for him to stop the clock.
September 15, 2010 |
The Detroit Lions will start Shaun Hill at quarterback in Sunday's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles as Matthew Stafford recovers from a shoulder injury. Coach Jim Schwartz did not say Wednesday when Stafford might play again. "We're going to start Shaun Hill at quarterback on Sunday, and then after that we'll see what happens," Schwartz said. Stafford was back at practice but stood to the side in his jersey and a baseball cap while Hill and Drew Stanton participated in drills.
August 16, 2009 |
Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown, an interception and had some passes dropped in his debut with the Detroit Lions. Jason Hanson's 47-yard field goal as time expired lifted Detroit to a 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the exhibition opener for both teams at Detroit. Stafford, the No. 1 pick of the NFL's first 0-16 team, completed half of his 14 passes for 114 yards, with a 25-yard touchdown to fellow rookie Derrick Williams and an interception that Tony Gilbert returned for a score.
November 23, 2009
Key: Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had an injured shoulder, threw his fifth touchdown pass from one yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling win. Lions said: "He just said, 'I'm ready.' He could walk." -- Jim Schwartz, coach, on Stafford's playing despite an injury Browns said: "We had plenty of opportunities, and at the end we just couldn't close it out." -- Eric Mangini, coach
October 21, 2012 |
Detroit (2-3) at Chicago (4-1) Time: 5:30 p.m. TV: ESPN Story line: The Bears look to widen their NFC North lead over the slow-starting Lions. Last week's rally to defeat Philadelphia was a motivational moment that could drive the Lions, who've been hampered by a weak run game and surprisingly quiet front-seven play. Matthew Stafford will certainly look to throw at the Bears, but Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman have returned interceptions for scores in consecutive games.