Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/1 -- Matthew Stafford, QB, 6-2, 225, Georgia...The Lions have been looking for their next great quarterback since trading Bobby Layne to Pittsburgh in 1958, and now here comes Stafford, who went to the same high school Layne did. Stafford has a big arm that can get the ball downfield to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and coach Jim Schwartz said he was the consensus No. 1 player at Lions headquarters. The Lions don't have to rush him because they have a rejuvenated Daunte Culpepper on a one-year deal. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/31/17 - QB Matthew Stafford caught a two-point conversion pass during the fourth quarter of a 35-11 romp over the Packers at Ford Field. WR Golden Tate threw it to Stafford after RB Ameer Abdullah took the snap and pitched it to Tate on the trick play. Stafford was wide open in the end zone.
Before he turned into a receiver, Stafford overwhelmed the injury-riddled Packers with his rocket arm. He threw three touchdown passes and completed three passes of over 50 yards. Overall he went 20 of 29 through the air for 323 yards.
12/24/17 - QB Matthew Stafford started the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron on a third-and-5 play in the first quarter, putting Detroit ahead 7-0.
Stafford was 19 of 35 passing for 203 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
12/18/17 - QB Matthew Stafford needs just 80 yards passing this week to reach 4,000 yards for the seventh straight season. Drew Brees, who should reach that milestone for the 12th straight season this year, is the only quarterback with more consecutive 4,000-yard seasons.
12/16/17 - QB Matthew Stafford became the first player to reach 34,000 passing yards before the age of 30. He needed 14 yards entering the game Saturday.
12/13/17 - QB Matthew Stafford said he doesn't believe he will need to continue wearing tape on his right hand for the rest of the season. Stafford had his throwing hand stepped on two weeks ago after throwing an interception against the Baltimore Ravens. He played last week with tape covering his right ring and pinky fingers, but practiced this week with tape on just his pinky.