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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08/21/17 - QB Matthew Stafford said he has not made any determination yet as to whether he'll keep contract negotiations open during the season if he fails to reach agreement on a contract extension with the Lions before Sept. 10. The Lions have indicated they are willing to continue talks into the fall.
01/08/17 - QB Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 32 passes for 205 yards for the Lions, who have lost their last nine playoff games -- an NFL record -- and are 1-11 in postseason play since 1957. Detroit's only playoff win in a span of nearly 60 years came in 1992 over Dallas. Detroit used a 30-yard pass from Stafford to Anquan Boldin to set up Matt Prater's first field goal with 20 seconds left in the half, pulling Detroit within 10-3.
Lions receivers dropped four passes in the first half, which played a part in Stafford completing 9 of 17 for 97 yards in the opening 30 minutes.
01/02/17 - QB Matthew Stafford surpassed the 30,000 career passing yardage mark during the first half on Sunday night. He reached that milestone in an NFL-record 109 games, five games faster than previous record-holders Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.
01/02/17 - QB Matthew Stafford became the fastest player in NFL history to eclipse 30,000 yards passing, doing so Sunday in his 109th career game. Dan Marino and Kurt Warner held the previous record of 114 games. Stafford finished this year with 4,327 yards passing, his highest total since 2013.
12/27/16 - QB Matthew Stafford finished 26 of 46 for 260 yards and one interception Monday. "We didn't have any big plays," Stafford said. "It's tough to beat a team that's as talented as Dallas is if you're not going to make any of those."
Stafford needs 10 passing yards to reach 4,000 yards for the sixth straight season. He would join Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan as the only NFL QBs to pass for 4,000 yards in six consecutive campaigns.