he Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 38-37 Sunday on a last second TD pass from injured quarterback Matthew Stafford to rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
And I do mean injured. Matthew Stafford was diagnosed with a separated left shoulder after taking a huge hit by Browns defensive tackle C.J. Mosley that drove him hard to the mat directly on his left shoulder. Here’s how the end of the game came about.
Stafford was scrambling out of the pocket and had just released a pass as Mosley hit him. Hard. His pass was intercepted by safety Brodney Pool but Browns cornerback Hank Poteat was flagged for pass interference against Bryant Johnson. That gave the Lions one more untimed play at the 1-yard line. Stafford left the field holding his injured left shoulder and back-up Daunte Culpepper came into the game. Before the play could get off, the Browns called a time out. Stafford was on the sidelines being looked over by the Lions trainers and he was able to escape them and get back on the field for the last play. He made a beautiful pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew in the back of the end zone to tie the game at 37. Jason Hanson came on to make the extra point and seal the victory over the Browns.
This was one of the most exiting games I’ve seen/heard in a long time. I was listening to it on the Ticket, searching for a video stream and also following along on Pride of Detroit. The Lions were down 21-3 in the first and I thought the game was over, as did a lot of the posters on POD. There were some who were claiming they were through with the Lions (as usual) and most were just disappointed again. Then came the second half and the Lions came back to go into half-time trailing 27-24. I’m not going to do a complete break down. For an excellent drive by drive of the entire game, check out this post by Sean Yuille over at Pride of Detroit.
Matthew Stafford is the real deal. He became the first rookie to throw five TDs in a game since Ray Buivid did it for the Bears in 1937 (according to STATS LLC.) Stafford also set an NFL rookie record with 422 yards passing, tied an NFL rookie record with five TD passes and tied a Lions franchise record with five TD passes, matching Gary Danielson’s Dec. 9, 1978 game against the Vikings.
I do believe, fellow Lions faithful, that we’ve got ourselves a franchise quarterback.
- As a reward for his most excellent play this past weekend, Matthew Stafford was named the NFC most valuable player of the week.
- Neither Matthew Stafford or Calvin Johnson practiced on Tuesday. Stafford is not expected to play but CJ could see some time. This would mean that Daunte Culpepper will most likely get the start against the packers on Thanksgiving Day. I was hoping to see Stafford play Thursday as I don’t get to watch Lions games very often, living in Colts/Bengals country, and having to suffer through a game with Culpepper under the helm does not bode well for the indigestion on Turkey Day.
- Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini believes the Lions faked injuries to slow down the Browns no-huddle offense. The Lions have been inundated with injuries throughout the season and Sunday was no exception. For an NFL coach to have so little class as to blame their incompetence on another team is ridiculous.