By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – This week the Detroit Lions are scheduled for a bye week. The Lions will then take to the road for Week 10 when they travel to Chicago for a rematch with the Bears, in a classic NFC North matchup.
Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a last-minute 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. Stafford completed 33-of-48 passes for 488 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard dive with 12 seconds left to play in regulation, after he led the team on a six-play, 80-yard drive in 50 seconds.
Stafford has now engineered eight game-winning drives after the two-minute warning or in overtime. Five of those drives were completed with game-winning touchdown passes.
His 488 passing yards against Dallas moved him past 15,000 career yards in only his 53rd career game. He reached 15,000 career yards faster than any player in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 56 games set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino.
Calvin Johnson set a franchise record, during the game, for most yards in a single game with 329 on 14 receptions. He broke the previous best set by E Cloyce Box (302) vs. Baltimore October 27, 1950.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz didn’t hold the notion, however, that the Cowboys game was a milestone victory for the Lions.
“It’s not the first time we’ve come back and it’s not the first time we’ve won a game on the last play of the game,” he said. “Last year with the Rams here, we won a game on the last play. We’ve had a bunch of these situations that have come up. I think the game stands on its own. I don’t think anybody’s going to be carrying a rally flag that says ‘Remember the Cowboys game.’”
Schwartz was equally non-committal when it came to the play of the Lions during the first half of the season.
“I don’t put grades on it. I don’t know if it is a D, an A, a B, a C or a F, I don’t know, it will tell over the course of the year,” Schwartz mused. “We found a way to get five wins and we found a way to lose three games. That’s just where it is. We are only halfway through the season and the tale of this season is not going to be written in the first half, it is going to be written in the second half and that is what we have to concentrate on.”