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12/11/17 - QB Matthew Stafford had been questionable as he recovered from an injury to his right throwing hand. But when it mattered most Sunday, especially to Stafford's teammates, there was no doubt.
"The guy is clutch," Lions receiver Kenny Golladay said.
Stafford completed all five of his pass attempts on Detroit's final drive, positioning Matt Prater for a game-winning 46-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining and allowed the Lions to keep alive their flickering NFC playoff hopes with a 24-21 victory over the turnover-plagued Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
Stafford completed 36-of-44 passes for 381 yards and one touchdown.
Stafford made his 109th consecutive NFL start.
12/11/17 - QB Matthew Stafford was kicking himself after Sunday's game over two interceptions he threw late in the first half. "Just two bad decisions," Stafford said. "I just got too aggressive."
Despite the turnovers, Stafford played well overall and showed no ill effects from the right-hand injury that limited him in practice last week. Stafford, playing with tape on his right pinky and ring fingers, completed his first 12 pass attempts and finished 36 of 44 for 381 yards.
12/08/17 - QB Matthew Stafford is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a bruised right hand. Stafford threw more passes in Friday's practice after throwing none on Wednesday and only light tosses on Thursday. Detroit coach Jim Caldwell noted the progression while meeting with reporters on Friday.
12/04/17 - QB Matthew Stafford completed 20 consecutive passes to help the Lions creep back in the game Sunday. Stafford later suffered an injury to his right hand and did not return. He completed 24 of 29 passes for 292 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Backup Jake Rudock entered the game and threw an interception to safety Eric Weddle, who returned the ball 45 yards for the score.
"We just need to execute better," said Stafford, who doesn't expect to miss any time with the injury. "We were down 20-0 at the end of the half and fought tooth and nail to get back into this game. I thought we were in a position to win it, but we didn't get it done."
12/04/17 - QB Matthew Stafford does not have any broken bones in his throwing hand and is just dealing with soreness, coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "Nothing's popped up. He's just sore right about now," Caldwell said. Stafford has started 108 consecutive games for the Lions (6-6), who play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) on Sunday. "We'll just kind of see how that goes to be honest with you," Caldwell said of Stafford's participation in that game. "Obviously, anytime that you're dealing with a throwing hand it's not going to be easy."