1 WEEK 12: AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS MEDIA INFORMATION 2014 SCHEDULE (*** DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***) REGULAR SEASON 7 3 DATE OPPONENT TV TIME/RESULT 9/8 NEW YORK GIANTS ESPN# W, /14 at Carolina FOX L, /21 GREEN BAY FOX W, /28 at New York Jets FOX W, /5 BUFFALO FOX L, /12 at Minnesota FOX W, /19 NEW ORLEANS FOX W, /26 at Atlanta (London) FOX# W, /2 ***BYE WEEK*** 11/9 MIAMI CBS W, /16 at Arizona FOX L, /23 at New England FOX 1:00 p.m. 11/27 CHICAGO CBS# 12:30 p.m. 12/7 TAMPA BAY FOX 1:00 p.m. 12/14 MINNESOTA FOX 1:00 p.m. 12/21 at Chicago FOX 1:00 p.m. 12/28 at Green Bay FOX 1:00 p.m. # Nationally Televised FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: NFL Sunday games during flexible Weeks 5-17 are subject to change 12 days in advance. For Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling can be used no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to the afternoon time slot. For Week 17, the schedule is subject to change six days in advance. Games are subject to move to different time slots but dates will remain as announced. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACTS Matt Barnhart...Director of Media Relations Deanna Caldwell... Manager of Media Services Eamonn Reynolds... Media Information Manager Bill Keenist...Senior VP of Communications GAME CREDENTIALS Applications for media credentials for 2014 Detroit Lions home games are being accepted via Media.Detroitlions. com. Applicants must complete the credential application form through Media.Detroitlions.com. Requests are only being accepted on a game-by-game basis and must be submitted by Noon Mon. of each game week. MEDIA.DETROITLIONS.COM Media.Detroitlions.com is the team s media-only Internet site. Information on the site includes the daily schedules, press releases, news clippings, statistics, updated rosters and current depth chart. Individual registration is required. 7 3 AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 8 2 Date:...Sunday, November 23 Kickoff:...1:00 p.m. Stadium:...Gillette Stadium Capacity:...68,756 Playing Surface:...FieldTurf TELEVISION: FOX Play-By-Play:... Joe Buck Color:... Troy Aikman Sideline:...Erin Andrews LIONS RADIO NETWORK: 97.1 WXYT FM Play-By-Play:... Dan Miller Color:... Jim Brandstatter Sideline:... Tony Ortiz NATIONAL RADIO: ESPN RADIO Play-By-Play:...Marc Kestecher Color:...Bill Polian Sideline:...Ian Fitzsimmons SERIES INFORMATION The Detroit Lions take on the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m. ET. The Lions will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Arizona Cardinals, 14-6 while the Patriots are eyeing their seventh straight win after knocking off the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit and New England meet Sunday for only the 11th time in series history. The two teams faced off in their inaugural contest on September 26, 1971 as the Lions won, In the teams most recent meeting on November 25, 2010, the Patriots defeated the Lions, in Detroit. SERIES BY THE NUMBERS Regular Season Record vs. NE: Home Record vs. NE: Record at Ford Field: Road Record vs. NE Record at Gillette Stadium: Last Game:...Det 24 vs. NE 45 11/25/ STATISTICAL COMPARISON OFFENSE DET Rk NE Rk Points/Game Total Offense t Rushing Offense t Passing Offense rd Down Offense % Red Zone Efficiency t Giveaways 13 10t 8 1t DEFENSE DET Rk NE Rk Points/Game Total Defense Rushing Defense Passing Defense rd Down Defense % Red Zone Efficiency t Takeaways 16 14t 19 6t
2 A TRIBUTE TO MR. FORD William Clay Ford ( ) Detroit Lions Owner and Chairman, Beginning Week 1 this season, the Detroit Lions introduced a special jersey patch displaying the letters WCF in honor of the franchise s late owner, Mr. William Clay Ford. The patch will appear on the left shoulder of all Lions players jerseys for the 2014 season as a tribute to one of the NFL s original statesmen. Mr. Ford passed away on March 9 at the age of 88 and owned and directed the Lions franchise during a span of 50 years. Through fi ve decades, his unwavering leadership provided stability to an organization, its fans and the community when most professional sports franchises cycled through numerous ownership changes and franchise moves. Mr. Ford remained steadfastly committed to ensuring the Lions were always a vital component to the Detroit community and the state of Michigan. THE NFL REMEMBERS MR. FORD NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: For fi ve decades, Mr. Ford s passion for the Lions, Detroit, and the NFL was the foundation of one of the NFL s historic franchises. As an NFL owner, Mr. Ford helped bring the NFL through enormous periods of change and growth, always guided by his commitment to what was best for the NFL and his beloved Lions. All of us in the NFL extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Ford s wife Martha, Bill Ford, Jr. and the entire Ford family. Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: I ve literally been at owners (meetings) when an owner came up and met Mr. Ford for the fi rst time, and the owner was a new owner in the NFL. I was standing right with him and the owner talked about how his granddad had been a Ford dealer in Texas, in the depths of Texas, and he literally teared up when he talked about what Ford, what the brand and what the individuals stood for and had stood for in his evolving to the point that he could buy an NFL football team. He actually teared up and showed that kind of emotion, and that was (former Minnesota Vikings owner) Red McCombs. Late Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson, Jr: I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Ford. He was a man of great integrity who loved his family and his Lions. Bill was well respected within our league as well as the city of Detroit and his contributions to both were numerous. We have all lost a good friend with his passing. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and many friends. Lions Hall of Fame TE and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Charlie Sanders: I ve always just enjoyed being around him just to watch him laugh. He was a cheerful owner, you know, upbeat, always positive. I have a lot of memories, but when I think of him I just think of a man that was very fair and enjoyed people and enjoyed people that had the same desires that he had. Most of those are centered around the Detroit Lions organization. Former Lions Herman Moore: Every single game that he was in the locker room, we at least spoke, or he would be in the locker room. I appreciated that from our owner. That s a real moment that fans don t know about the commitment that he would show to us players.
3 WELCOME, HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL JIM CALDWELL Head Coach Years with Lions: 1 Years as NFL Head Coach: 4 Years in NFL: 14 As the Lions new head coach, Jim Caldwell brings 37 years of coaching experience to Detroit, including 13 previous years in the NFL and 24 years on the college level. Two Super Bowl titles and three appearances in the NFL s championship game highlight his coaching resume, which includes leading the Indianapolis Colts to an AFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XLVI as head coach following the 2009 season. COACHING OVERVIEW Hired as head coach for the Detroit Lions January 14, Coached in three Super Bowls with Indianapolis (XLI and XLIV) and Baltimore (XLVII) and won two Super Bowl titles (Indianapolis and Baltimore). In fi rst year as head coach for Indianapolis (2009), he won the AFC Championship and led the franchise to Super Bowl XLIV. He became the fi rst NFL coach to win his fi rst 14 games and the fi fth rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl. One of four head coaches to produce 24+ regular-season wins and a Super Bowl berth in their fi rst two career seasons as head coach. Holds a (.542) regular-season record in three seasons as an NFL head coach, including two seasons with at least 10 wins. Led the Colts to two consecutive AFC South division titles in 2009 and In eight of the 10 seasons Caldwell coached in Indianapolis, the Colts ranked in the Top-10 in total offense eight times and six times in the Top-5. From , Caldwell was the Colts quarterbacks coach and was also promoted to assistant head coach and associate head coach during that time. He worked closely with QB Peyton Manning and the team s quarterbacks. During that span, Indianapolis set NFL records with seven consecutive seasons fi nishing with 11+ wins (6, Dallas ) and 12+ victories (4, Dallas, ). Two of his quarterbacks, Manning (Super Bowl XLI) and Ravens QB Joe Flacco (Super Bowl XLVII) were named Super Bowl MVPs following their teams respective championship runs. Led the Ravens offense to a 5-2 record after taking over as offensive coordinator late in the 2012 season as the team averaged yards per game during that span. ASSEMBLING HIS TEAM In his fi rst season in Detroit, Caldwell wasted no time putting together his coaching staff. Headlining that search were the additions of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, each of whom have won a Super Bowl with Baltimore and New Orleans, respectively. Combined, six of the 10 new Lions assistant coaches have won a Super Bowl championship. NEW LIONS COACHES: Teryl Austin (Defensive Coordinator), Jim Bob Cooter (Quarterbacks), Devin Fitzsimmons (Assistant Special Teams), Joe Lombardi (Offensive Coordinator), Tony Oden (Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks), Robert Prince (Wide Receivers), Ron Prince (Assistant Head Coach/ Tight Ends), Matt Raich (Defensive Quality Control), Bill Sheridan (Linebackers), Alan Williams (Defensive Backs/ Safeties) RETAINED LIONS COACHES: Jason Arapoff (Coordinator of Physical Development), John Bonamego (Special Teams Coordinator), Gunther Cunningham (Senior Coaching Assistant), Terry Heffernan (Offensive Quality Control) Bobby Johnson (Assistant Offensive Line), Kris Kocurek (Defensive Line), Curtis Modkins (Running Backs) Ted Rath (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Evan Rothstein (Special Projects), Jeremiah Washburn (Offensive Line), Jim Washburn (Defensive Line) LIONS COACHES FIRST NINE GAMES With a win in Week 10, Caldwell earned the most wins through nine games for a Lions head coach in his first season with the club since the team moved to Detroit in He surpassed the six wins through nine games garnered by Dutch Clark in 1937 (6-3), Gus Henderson in 1939 (6-3) and Buddy Parker in 1951 (6-2-1). Since the franchise originally started in Portsmouth (Ohio) in 1930, Caldwell s 7-2 record is second-best for a Lions head coach in his fi rst year with the club behind Potsy Clark in 1931 (8-1) when the team was the Portsmouth Spartans. For Caldwell, this marks the third time in his four seasons as an NFL head coach that he won six or more games in the fi rst nine games of the season (9-0, 2009; 6-3, 2010). CALDWELL S HEAD COACHING RECORD REGULAR SEASON Year Team G W L T Pct Result 2009 Ind st AFC South 2010 Ind st AFC South 2011 Ind th AFC South 2014 Det Totals POSTSEASON Year Team G W L T Pct Playoff Berth 2009 Ind Super Bowl XLIV 2010 Ind AFC Wild Card Totals OVERALL G W L T Pct Regular Season Postseason Totals WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JIM CALDWELL Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy: I told Martin (Mayhew) that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you re looking for. He ll lead by making people accountable and by being a role model on and off the fi eld. And with his attention to detail and history of developing quarterbacks, (Matthew) Stafford is going to flourish just like Peyton Manning did with us in Indianapolis. Baltimore Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome: I believe it would be difficult to fi nd anyone with the Ravens who is more respected than Jim Caldwell. That includes players, coaches and other staff members. He earned that because of the person he is and his extensive knowledge about football, including the keys to winning and his ability to teach all of that. Personally, it is a privilege to know him, and it was an honor to work with him.
4 TEAM CONNECTIONS PRO CONNECTIONS Lions S James Ihedigbo spent one season with the Patriots as a member of their secondary in Ihedigbo and DT C.J. Mosley were teammates with Patriots CB Darrelle Revis on the New York Jets from Lions CB Rashean Mathis teamed up with Patriots G Dan Connolly on the Jacksonville Jaguars from Lions Golden Tate and DE Jason Jones played with Patriots DT Alan Branch and CB Brandon Browner in Seattle on the Seahawks in Lions RB Reggie Bush was a teammate of Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich on the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and COLLEGE CONNECTIONS Lions LB DeAndre Levy and Patriots LB Jonathan Casillas were fellow linebackers at Wisconsin from Lions DE George Johnson played on the same defense as Patriots CB Devin McCourty at Rutgers from Lions TE Joseph Fauria teamed up with Patriots LB Akeem Ayers at UCLA from Lions Jeremy Ross and Patriots RB Shane Vereen were fellow Golden Bears at Cal from Lions LB Ashlee Palmer and CB Cassius Vaughn were teammates with Patriots RB Brandon Bolden at Ole Miss in COACHING CONNECTIONS Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick was a Detroit Lions assistant special teams coach from and was promoted to tight ends and receivers coach for the 1977 season. Lions Senior Coaching Assistant Gunther Cunningham was the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs from while Patriots Wide Receivers Coach Chad O Shea assisted with special teams and linebackers. Lions Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in , while Patriots Defensive Assistant Brendan Daly was the defensive line coach. Lions Linebackers Coach Bill Sheridan was the linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins from , while Patriots Offensive Line Coach Dave Deguglielmo was the offensive line coach. Sheridan was also the linebackers coach for the New York Giants from , while Deguglielmo was the Giants assistant offensive line coach. LAST TIME THEY MET LIONS 24, PATRIOTS 45 November 25, 2010; Ford Field Attendance: 60,965 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT Final DET NE FIRST QUARTER PATRIOTS...S. Graham 19 yd. Field Goal LIONS...C. Johnson 19 yd. pass from Sh. Hill (D. Rayner kick) SECOND QUARTER LIONS...M. Morris 1 yd. run (D. Rayner kick) PATRIOTS...B. Green-Ellis 15 yd. run (S. Graham kick) LIONS...D. Rayner 44 yd. Field Goal THIRD QUARTER PATRIOTS...W. Welker 5 yd. pass from T. Brady (S. Graham kick) LIONS...M. Morris 1 yd. run (D. Rayner kick) PATRIOTS...D. Branch 79 yd. pass from T. Brady (S. Graham kick) FOURTH QUARTER PATRIOTS...D. Branch 22 yd. pass from T. Brady (S. Graham kick) PATRIOTS...W. Welker 16 yd. pass from T. Brady (S. Graham kick) PATRIOTS...B. Green-Ellis 1 yd. run (S. Graham kick) LIONS PATRIOTS First Downs Total Net Yards Net Yards Rushing Net Yards Passing (Att/Comp/Int) Punts-Average Fumbles-Lost Sacked-Yards Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 31:05 28:55 RUSHING LIONS: Morris TD, Brown 13-36, Hill 4-23, Johnson 1-15 PATRIOTS: Green-Ellis TD, Woodhead 8-32, Tate 1-17, Brady 4-1 PASSING LIONS: Hill 46-27, TD PATRIOTS: Brady 27-21, TD RECEIVING LIONS: Pettigrew 5-67, Morris 5-20, C. Johnson 4-81, Brown 4-29, Burleson 3-35, B. Johnson Felton 2-7, Heller 1-13, Williams 1-7 PATRIOTS: Welker TD, Gronkowski 5-65, Branch TD, Woodhead 2-13, Crumpler 1-27, Hernandez 1-18, Morris 1-15
5 NEW TO DETROIT IN UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS Collins, Jed FB Washington State UFA-NO 14 Ihedigbo, James S Massachusetts UFA-Bal 14 Orlovsky, Dan QB Connecticut UFA-TB 14 Tate, Golden Notre Dame UFA-Sea 14 Vaughn, Cassius CB Mississippi UFA-Ind DRAFT CLASS Ebron, Eric TE North Carolina D-1 14 Van Noy, Kyle LB Brigham Young D-2 14 Swanson, Travis C Arkansas D-3 14 Lawson, Nevin CB Utah State D-4 14 Webster, Larry DE Bloomsburg D-4 14 Reid, Caraun DT Princeton D-5 14 Jones, TJ (PUP) Notre Dame D FREE AGENTS Bynes, Josh LB Auburn FA 14 Davis, Kellen TE Michigan State FA 14 Edwards, Patrick (PS) Houston FA 14 Fluellen, Andre DT Florida State FA 14 Johnson, George DE Rutgers FA 14 Ness, Nate (PS) S Arizona FA 14 Philon, Roy (PS) DT Louisville FA 14 Prater, Matt K Central Florida FA 14 Reynolds, Garrett T North Carolina FA 14 Thompson, Jordan (PS) TE Ohio FA 14 Wade, Trevin (PS) CB Arizona FA 14 Winn, George RB Cincinnati FA WAIVERS Abdul-Quddus, Isa S Igwenagu, Emil (PS) FB Fordham Massachusetts W-NO 14 W-Phi UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS Couplin, Jerome (PS) S William & Mary FA 14 Lucas, Cornelius T Kansas State FA 14 Peacock, Andrew (PS) Appalachian State FA 14 Seisay, Mohammed CB Nebraska FA PRONUNCIATION CHART PLAYER Isa Abdul-Quddus...EE-sa Ab-dool KA-doos Ezekiel Ansah...ZEEK-e-all AHN-sa Joique Bell... JOIK Eric Ebron...EE-bron Joseph Fauria...FOR-ee-ay James Ihedigbo...ee-HEAD-ee-bo DeAndre Levy...LEV-ee Don Muhlbach...MULE-bach Glover Quin... GLOW-ver Dominic Raiola...rye-OH-la Caraun Reid...CAR-awn Riley Reiff...REEF Mohammed Seisay... SEE-say Ndamukong Suh...En-dom-ah-ken Soo Stephen Tulloch... TULL-uck Tahir Whitehead...TAH-here PRACTICE SQUAD Jerome Couplin...CUP-lynn Emil Igwenagu...eh-MEAL ig-wen-ah-goo Roy Philon...FY-lun COACHES Jason Arapoff...A-rap-off John Bonamego...BON-ah-me-go Kris Kocurek...KO-SIR-ick Matt Raich...RAYch Evan Rothstein...Roth-STEEN WHAT TO WATCH FOR WIN THE QUARTER Ten games through the season the Lions fi nd themselves in another familiar situation: 1-1 in the quarter following a tough loss. In the two previous losses the Lions endured, the team was able to bounce back against their upcoming opponent and avoid losing back to back games for the fi rst time under Head Coach Jim Caldwell. The message Caldwell sent to his players was one that preached a mantra of, Fix and forget. Caldwell on if the message to the players after the loss to Arizona is to have a short memory: I think there s no question about it. There s nothing you can do about that game. We don t dwell on it, but we do look at where we are, we do go through the game and point out our mistakes with brutal honesty. We don t shortchange it, we talk to them directly. You ve got to get those things fi xed, things that you can get fi xed, you ve got to get them fi xed. You ve got to get them fi xed in a hurry otherwise you re going to see them again week after week. With four out of the remaining six games on the Lions schedule being between divisional opponents and one against the AFC-leading Patriots, the Lions understand that no game is bigger than the next. Caldwell s emphasis and belief in winning each quarter of the season has trickled down to the players and leaves an encouraging feeling within the locker room. Caldwell on winning the season quarters: The fi rst game of the season we won, the second game of the season we lost. We were at 1-1 in the fi rst quarter and the guys were able to bounce back. They had to bounce back against a very good football team in the fi rst quarter, that was Green Bay. So, we re going to have to get ourselves in position to bounce back against a very good football team in New England. CB Rashean Mathis on having most of the season left to play: Exactly, at the end of the day this still counts as one, whether we won or lost it. Unfortunately we lost it today so it s just one loss. We still control our own destiny. We still have a lot of games ahead of us. As Detroit sets its focus in on a trip to New England to face the Patriots this Sunday, the Lions will look to bounce back, led by their quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford addressed the need to start faster in upcoming games and acknowledged that it starts with Week 12 in Foxborough. Stafford on bouncing back after the loss to Arizona: It s one week, it s one game. We just have to fi nd a way to get better. We ll come back, look at the tape and get ready for the next one. Win, lose or draw, that s our motto every week.
6 RESTOCKING ON OFFENSE One of the many lessons learned by the Detroit Lions this season was how to win with some of the team s top performers out with injuries. The Lions have not had the majority of their starting lineup on offense since Week 5 vs. Buffalo. However, over the past six weeks Detroit has seen new faces emerge as play makers, and now the challenge becomes implementing the regular starters back into the mix. Offensively, the Lions have missed weapons such as top Calvin Johnson and the trio of tight ends including Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew for multiple weeks combined. But as the schedule hits mid-november, Detroit is fi nally getting their offensive pieces back, just in time for a run at the playoffs. Caldwell on having four tight ends healthy: It gives you more options. We ve been in a situation the last few weeks where we ve been a bit limited. Typically, you go in with three, sometimes with four depending upon your needs and who you re playing. It gives us some good options of guys. During the team s four-game winning streak prior to Arizona, the Lions saw players such as Golden Tate and RB Theo Riddick step in to more prominent offensive roles. From Weeks 5 through 10, Tate caught 42 passes for 592 yards and three touchdowns, while Riddick made big plays on Detroit s fi nal drives in comeback wins in Weeks 9 and 10. However, in the team s most recent loss at Arizona, the Lions took a step backwards offensively and struggled to get the ball into the hands of their go-to guys. The loss against the Cardinals served as a reminder of how this team still needs to gel offensively, particularly when it matters most late in the season. However, Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi sees this as a very good problem to have. Lombardi on how the offense changes now that the tight ends are starting to get healthy: I think the receiving abilities that Eric (Ebron) and Joe (Fauria) have, getting them back opens up some things in the offense. Those guys have looked healthy this week so more players that can do some things. The Lions have the next six weeks to build chemistry offensively, but the team will have to do it on the fly. The pieces are there according to Johnson, it s now just a matter of putting the right players in the right place and executing. Johnson on what the offense needs to do better: Really, it boils down to execution. Whether it s a penalty here, all of that s a part of execution and it s a broad term, I guess you could say, but that s really what it boils down to. Like I just said, when our defense is able to 14, we have to be able to put up some points and win those games. STARTING AND STOPPING THE RUN GAME Detroit s defense was as dominant as it has been all season against the Cardinals, despite allowing two early scores in the fi rst quarter. Led by the defensive line, the defense allowed Arizona to rush for only 46 yards. By doing so, the Lions now have only allowed just 688 yards on the ground this season through 10 games, which is the lowest total by the club in the fi rst 10 games of a season since at least In a game where the Lions defense allowed very few rushing yards, the team also saw an emergence of their own rushing game. In Week 11 the Lions rushed for a season-high 98 yards with RB Joique Bell tallying 85 of those yards, as Bell seemed to hit his stride against a stout Cardinals defense. Caldwell on why Bell was successful during the Arizona game: I think the last couple of weeks he s been setting the tone. He s a reckless runner, he s got power, he s deceptively elusive, and I think he does a good job. He wants the ball in his hands and he s been able to make some great runs and make some tough catches when he s had to. He did a nice job on the screen so I think he s performing well. Bell s 33-yard rush in the fi rst quarter at Arizona (11/16) was the second-longest rush of his career, behind only his 67-yard rush vs. Indianapolis December 2, Bell s 33- yard rush was also the team s longest rush of the season and longest since RB Reggie Bush s 39-yard run vs. Tampa Bay November 24, He recorded rushes of 33 and 21 yards against the Cardinals, marking the second time in his career he has registered two 20+-yard rushing attempts in his career (26, 22t vs. Houston 11/22/12). Bell s tough running has elevated his teammates play offensively, but when asked what was working for him against the Cardinals, Bell chose the humble response and focused rather on the larger focus of the offense. Bell on what was working for him against the Cardinals: Nothing. I don t know what the personal stats are, but I know we need to pick it up and start executing better. The defense played a major job. We started slow, the defense came back up and in the second half shut them out. Offensively we have to do something.
7 1 The Lions currently boast the League s No. 1 overall defense as they have limited opponents to only total yards per game. Including this week, the Lions have held this mark for the past eight weeks, and they are the only team holding opponents to fewer than 300 yards per game. 5.5 DE Ezekiel Ansah has picked up where he left off in 2013 as he leads the team in sacks through Week 11 with 5.5. In Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12), Ansah recorded a careerhigh 2.5 sacks as the team fi nished with eight total sacks in the game. 10 With 10 tackles in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16), LB DeAndre Levy has now reached 10+ tackles in seven games this season. His previous high for 10+ tackles in a season was four in RB Theo Riddick caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9) on an 11-yard strike from QB Matthew Stafford to complete the Lions come-from-behind win. Through 11 games, Riddick is tied for second among running backs with three receiving touchdowns. 12 LB Josh Bynes and CB Cassius Vaughn both picked off passes in Week 11 at Arizona, as the Lions currently are tied for sixth in interceptions with Thus far in his career, QB Matthew Stafford has led the Lions to 15 victories when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime. He has six career game-winning touchdown passes with less than one minute to play in fourth quarter (franchise record) and six after the twominute warning. 26 The Lions defense has recorded 26.0 sacks so far in 2014, which rank 10th in the NFL. Ansah leads the team with 5.5 sacks. 32 DT Ndamukong Suh (32 sacks, 72 games) recorded two sacks in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12) and became the Lions all-time leader in sacks by a defensive tackle. DT Shaun Rogers previously held the Lions record for career sacks by DTs with 29 (98 games). 33 RB Joique Bell dashed for a 33-yard run in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16), which marked the team s longest rush of the season and longest since RB Reggie Bush s 39-yard run vs. Tampa Bay last season The Lions have allowed just 68.8 rushing yards per game this season, which is on pace to set the team s all-time single season record for opponent rush yards per game (82.3 yds/g in 1970). LIONS BY THE NUMBERS 70 In his 70th-career game, Stafford s game-winning TD pass to Riddick, his fourth game-winning TD pass in the fi nal 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, tied for the most in the Super Bowl era. He now shares the mark with six players: Steve Bartkowski, Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Joe Ferguson, and Tommy Kramer, all of whom started at least 100 regular-season games. 75 With fi ve total touchdowns in 2014, Calvin Johnson will reach 75 total touchdowns for his career and join Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders (109) as the only Lions players to record 75 career total touchdowns With 113 career games, Johnson holds the NFL all-time record for receiving yards per game. His 59 yards against the Cardinals (11/16) moved his career average to 87.2 yards per game (9,848). 100 Golden Tate registered 154 yards vs. New Orleans (10/19), 151 yards at Atlanta (10/26) and 109 vs. Miami (11/9), marking the fi rst time in his career he has registered 100+-yards in three-straight games. 120 In the team s comeback victory in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26), Stafford threw two touchdown passes and reached 120 for his career, surpassing Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (118) for the most career passing touchdowns in franchise history. His current total stands at Tate leads the League in third-down receiving yards with 447, as well as third-down receptions with In his return after missing three games due to injury, Johnson grabbed seven receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown against the Dolphins (11/9). He moved his career total to 601 and became the second player in team history with 600 career receptions, joining Herman Moore (670). His current total stands at By limiting Arizona to 46 rushing yards, the Lions defense has now allowed just 688 yards on the ground this season through 10 games, which is the lowest total by the club in the fi rst 10 game of a season since at least ,000 Johnson needs 152 receiving yards to reach 10,000 for his career and become the only player in Lions history with 10,000 receiving yards. His current total stands at 9,848 yards. 20,000 On Stafford s 30-yard completion to Tate in the second quarter at Arizona (11/16), he surpassed 20,000 career passing yards. By reaching 20,000 career passing yards in his 71st career game, he set a new NFL record reaching that mark in the fewest career games. (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).
8 TEAM NEWS & NOTES LEAGUE LEADING DEFENSE Under Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, the Lions defense has powered its way to the top of the NFL in Through Week 11, the Lions lead the League in total defense (290.3 yards per game), opponent rushing yards per game (68.8) and fi fth in opponent passing yards per game (221.5). Detroit is the only defense allowing under 300 total yards per game NFL Leaders, Total Defense Rk Team Total Rush Pass Tot/G Ru/G Pa/G 1 Det Mia Sea NFL Leaders, Total Opponent Yards Per Play Rk Team Ply Yds Yds/Ply 1 Mia Den Det RUSHING DEFENSE By limiting Arizona to 46 rushing yards in Week 11 (11/16), the Lions defense has now allowed just 688 yards on the ground this season through 10 games, which is the lowest total by the club in the fi rst 10 games of a season since at least The Lions have allowed just 68.8 rushing yards per game this season, which is on pace to set the team s all-time single season record for opponent rush yards per game (82.3 yds/g in 1970). The Lions have allowed just one team (132, at NYJ 9/28) to rush for over 100 yards in a game this season NFL Leaders, Rushing Defense Rk Team Total Rush Pass Tot/G Ru/G Pa/G 1 Det Den Ari NFL Leaders, Opponent Rushing Yards Per Attempt Rk Team Ru Yds Yds/Att 1 Det Den NYJ PASSING DEFENSE 2014 NFL Leaders, Passing Defense Rk Team Total Rush Pass Tot/G Ru/G Pa/G 1 KC Mia Sea SF Det NFL Leaders, Opponent Passing Yards Per Play Rk Tm Pa Yds Yds/Ply 1 Mia Den Buf KC SF Det LB Josh Bynes and CB Cassius Vaughn both picked off passes in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16), as the Lions currently are tied for sixth in interceptions with NFL Leaders, Interceptions Rk Tm G Int Yds Avg Lg TD 1 SF Ari t Cle t 1 3t GB t 3 5 NYG t Buf t Det NFL Leaders, Sacks Per Pass Play Rk Tm Att Cmp Pct Sk Sk% 1 Buf Min KC Phi Ten Mia NYJ Jac Was Det NFL Leaders, Opponent Passer Rating Rk Tm G Att Cmp Pct Yds TD TD% Int Int% Rtg 1 Cle SF Mia Cin Ari GB Det DISRUPTIVE STOPS Led by DE Ezekiel Ansah s 5.5 sacks this season, the Lions are currently 10th in the NFL with 26 total sacks. The Lions defense is also second in total opponent negative plays (sacks and tackles for loss) with 79 (313 yards) NFL Leaders, Team Sacks Rk Tm Sk Yds 1 Buf Phi t KC t Mia t Min Ten Jac t Den t NYJ Det NFL Leaders, Total Opponent Negative Plays Rk Tm Sk* Yds RFL Yds PFL Yds Total Yds 1 Buf Det t Jax t TB *Includes sacks for zero gain; RFL= loss on rushing play; PFL=loss on completed pass 2014 NFL Leaders, Total Yds Lost on Opponent Negative Plays Rk Tm Sk* Yds RFL Yds PFL Yds Total Yds 1 Phi Det Buf *Includes sacks for zero gain; RFL= loss on rush play; PFL=loss on completed pass
9 THIRD DOWN DOMINANCE ON DEFENSE Following up on last season s top-ranking third-down defense, the team currently ranks second in the League in opponent third-down percentage (35.2) through Week 11. The team is also tied for fourth in opponent fi rst downs per game (18.6) NFL Leaders, Opponent Third-Down Efficiency Rk Tm Att Made Pct. 1 Ind Det KC NFL Leaders, Opponent First Downs Per Game Rk Tm G 1st 1st/G 1 Mia Dal NYJ t Det t Was In the team s 17-3 win over Minnesota in Week 6 (10/12), the Lions held the Vikings to just three third-down conversions on 14 attempts (21-percent), thanks in large part to four sacks on third down. In Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21), the Lions held their opponent to under fi ve third-down conversions for the third-consecutive week by limiting the Packers to just 4-of-10 (40-percent). Detroit was nearly perfect in the team s home opener against the Giants in Week 1 (9/8), limiting New York to only three third-down conversions on 13 attempts (23.1 pct). RED ZONE DEFENSE The Lions defense fi nished the 2013 season ranking second in red zone defense, and this year s unit has continued their success as they once again sit in the Top 10 in red zone defense (6th; 48.1) NFL Leaders, Red Zone Defense Rk Tm RZ Drives RuTD PaTD RZTD RZ TD% 1 Jax KC Cle GB Bal Det OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER Over the past three seasons, the Lions have produced some of the best single-game offensive totals in franchise history. On Thanksgiving Day vs. Green Bay last season (11/28/13), the Lions gained 561 yards of total offense (241 rushing, 330 passing), which ranks as the sixthhighest output in team history. In Week 8 vs. Dallas last season (10/27/13), the Lions set a franchise record for single-game yards by accumulating 623 total offensive yards (143 rushing, 480 passing), breaking the previous record of 583 yards set last year at Tennessee (9/23). Five of the team s Top-10 single-game bests for total offense have occured during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, including three games in 2012 (at Tennessee, vs. Houston, vs. Atlanta). Lions Leaders, Single-Game Total Yards Rk Opp Yds Ru Pa Date 1 Dal /27/ NYY /23/ at Ten /23/ at GB /1/ at Bal /3/ GB /28/ GB /22/ Min /23/ Hou /22/ Atl /22/2012 Since 2012, the Lions have topped 500 yards in fi ve games. Prior to 2012, the Lions never registered 500 yards in a game more than once in a season. Lions Leaders, Team Single-Game Net Passing Yards Rk Opp Yds Date 1 at GB 502 1/1/12 2 Dal /27/13 3 Atl /24/12 4 at Ten 442 9/23/12 5 Ari /18/01 6 Hou /22/12 Lions Leaders, Team Single-Game Pass Completions Rk Opp Cmp Date 1 at Ten 43 9/23/12 2 Atl 37 12/24/12 3t at Ari 36 11/18/01 3t at GB 36 1/1/12 Lions Leaders, Single-Game First Downs Rk Opp 1st Ru Pa Pn Date 1 at Ten /23/12 2 GB /22/84 3 at GB /1/12 4t Was /30/51 4t GB /28/13 NFL Leaders, Single-Game Completion Pct. with 50+ Att. Rk Tm Date Opp Att Cmp Pct Yds TD Int Rtg 1 Det 9/23/12 Ten Sea 11/8/09 Det Dal 12/6/09 NYG NFL Leaders, Single-Game Passer Rating with 50+ Att. Rk Tm Date Opp Att Cmp Pct Yds TD Int Rtg 1 Min 10/10/04 Hou Min 9/28/69 Bal Det 9/23/12 Ten Lions Leaders, Single-Game Passing First Downs Rk Opp FD Date 1 at GB 27 1/1/12 2 at Ten 23 9/23/12 3 at Arz 22 11/18/01 4t Min 21 9/16/07 4t Hou 21 11/22/12 4t Atl 21 12/22/12 RECORD SETTING OFFENSE For the third-consecutive year, the Lions offense not only ranked high in the NFL but also set several team singleseason records in The team fi nished in the Top-3 in the Lions single-season list for total offense for the third consecutive year.
10 TOTAL OFFENSE The Lions 6,274 total offensive yards in 2013 is the third-highest output in franchise history, fi nishing behind the team s 2012 (6,540) and 2011 (6,337) totals. With 6,540 yards in 2012, Detroit produced over 6,500 total yards for the fi rst time in franchise history. Lions Leaders, Total Offense Rk Year G Yds Yds/G PASSING OFFENSE The Lions 2013 total of 4,482 passing yards ranks third on the team s all-time list for single-season passing yards. Lions Leaders, Passing Yards Rk Year G Yds Yds/G OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION Over the last four seasons, the Lions offense has also posted Top-5 numbers in offensive production. In 2013, the Lions tallied the second-most fi rst downs (350), fourth-most passing fi rst downs (221) and third-most pass attempts (634). Lions Leaders, Total First Downs (Since 1950) Rk Year G FD FD/G t t Lions Leaders, Total Passing First Downs (Since 1950) Rk Year G Pass Pa/G Lions Leaders, Single-Season Passing Attempts Rk Year G Att Cmp Yds Cmp% TD Int Lg Rtg t RUSH TO SCORE Since 2012, Detroit has recorded 38 rushing touchdowns, which rank eighth in the NFL over that span. NFL Leaders, Rushing Touchdowns Since 2012 Rk Tm G TD 1 NE Min Was Sea KC Car SF Det (Courtesy Stats, LLC) IRON LIONS Lions veteran leaders C Dominic Raiola and LS Don Mulhbach are among the NFL s ironmen when it comes to career games played. By playing in Week 1 vs. the Giants, Raiola played in his 14th NFL season and tied Hall of Fame CB Dick LeBeau for third on the Lions all-time list for career seasons played. Currently in his 11th season with the team, Muhlbach played in his 150th career game with Detroit against Carolina in Week 2 (9/14). His current total sits at 158 games. Lions Leaders, Career Seasons Played Rk Player G Yrs Years 1 J. Hanson W. Walker t D. Raiola t D. LeBeau t J. Schmidt t D. McCord t L. Hand t K. Glover Lions Leaders, Career Games Played Rk Player G Yrs Years 1 J. Hanson D. Raiola W. Walker Jeff Backus Robert Porcher Dick LeBeau Cory Schlesinger Kevin Glover Leonard Thompson Eddie Murray t Darris McCord t Paul Naumoff t Lomas Brown t Larry Hand Alex Karras , Don Muhlbach Kelvin Pritchett , Joe Schmidt Barry Sanders
11 AT THE CONTROLS Lions QB Matthew Stafford, now in his sixth NFL season, has led the Lions offense to great offensive heights. He already has set single-season and career franchise records and is closing in on more Lions career passing marks this season. Additionally, Stafford has fi nished among the top quarterbacks in the League passing rankings the past three seasons. STAFFORD S LATE GAME HEROICS Stafford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to RB Theo Riddick with 29 seconds to play to give the Lions a win over the Dolphins in Week 10 (11/9). It was Stafford s fourth game-winning TD pass in the fi nal 30 seconds of the fourth quarter. Stafford shares this mark with six players: Steve Bartkowski, Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Joe Ferguson, and Tommy Kramer, all of whom started at least 100 regular-season games. Stafford has started only 70 (Super Bowl era). NFL Leaders, Game-Winning TD Pass in Final 30 Seconds of 4th Qtr (Super Bowl Era) Rk Player TD G Years 1t J. Ferguson t S. Bartkowski t T. Kramer t B. Favre t D. Bledsoe t T. Brady t M. Stafford (Courtesy: Elias Sports Bureau) STAFFORD AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS Through Week 11, Stafford maintained his place among the NFL s Top 10 quarterbacks as he ranks eighth in passing yards (2,679) and ninth in completions (226) NFL Leaders, Passing Yards Rk Player G Att Cmp Pct Yds TD Rtg 1 A. Luck P. Manning B. Roethlisberger D. Brees M. Ryan A. Rodgers J. Cutler M. Stafford NFL Leaders, Completions Rk Player G Att Cmp Pct Yds TD Rtg 1 D. Brees B. Roethlisberger t A. Luck t P. Manning J. Cutler M. Ryan T. Brady R. Tannehill M. Stafford Stafford has also displayed a knack for leading the offense on third down as he ranks second in the NFL in third-down completions with 69. He s also thrown eight touchdown passes on third down NFL Leaders, Third-Down Completions Rk Player Att Cmp Pct Yds TD INT Rtg 1 D. Brees M. Stafford t P. Rivers t B. Roethlisberger STAFFORD S GAME WINNING DRIVES Throughout his career, Stafford has proven the ability to bring the team from behind to claim victory and perform great in the closing minutes of the game. Thus far, Stafford has led the Lions to 15 victories when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or overtime. He has six career game-winning touchdown passes with less than one minute to play in fourth quarter (franchise record) and six after the two-minute warning. Down with 3:13 left to play in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9), Stafford led the team on an 11-play, 74-yard drive that was capped off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to RB Theo Riddick. Stafford escaped the pocket and threw against his body as Riddick grabbed the game-winning score in the left corner of the end zone. The Lions comeback win over Atlanta in Week 8 (10/26) marked the second time in Stafford s career that he has led a fourth-quarter game-winning drive that ended on the scoring play as time expired at the end of regulation. The other occasion came on his fi rst career gamewinning drive as a rookie when he threw a one-yard pass to defeat the Cleveland Browns on November 22, Stafford threw a fi ve-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller with 1:48 to play, setting up K Matt Prater s extra-point conversion in the Lions victory over the Saints in Week 7 (10/19). That was Stafford s sixth game-winning TD pass inside the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the most in NFL history in a player s fi rst six seasons in the league. Stafford had been tied with three other players: Aaron Brooks, Randall Cunningham, and Tommy Kramer. (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau). STAFFORD S 4TH QUARTER/OT COMEBACKS Game-Winning Drives in 4th Qtr/OT When Trailing or Tied Large Date Opp Ply Yds Poss. Clock Deficit Deficit 11/22/09 CLE :46 0: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/31/10 WAS :20 3: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 10 yd. pass from Stafford (2-pt conv.) 9/25/11 at Min :59 13:01ot 0 20 Scoring Play: Hanson 32 yd. FG 10/2/11 at Dal :34 1: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 2 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 11/20/11 CAR :27 2: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 7 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 12/18/11 at Oak :35 0: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 6 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/9/12 STL :45 0: Scoring Play: K. Smith 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/14/12 at Phi :22 11:05ot 0 10 Scoring Play: Hanson 45 yd. FG 10/28/12 SEA :07 0: Scoring Play: T. Young 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/22/13 at Was :30 11: Scoring Play: Akers 28 yd. FG 10/13/13 at Cle :14 10: Scoring Play: Fauria 23 yd. pass from Stafford (Akers kick) 10/27/13 DAL 6 80 :50 : Scoring Play: M. Stafford 1 yd. rush (Akers kick) 10/19/14 NO :22 1: Scoring Play: C. Fuller 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) 10/26/14 at Atl :38 : Scoring Play: Prater 48 yd. FG 11/9/14 Mia :44 : Scoring Play: T. Riddick 11 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick)
12 Game-Winning Drives (Trailing/Tied) Under 2:00 Left in 4th Qtr or OT Large Date Opp Ply Yds Poss. Clock Deficit Deficit 11/22/09 CLE :46 0: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/25/11 at Min :59 13:01ot 0 20 Scoring Play: Hanson 32 yd. FG 10/2/11 at Dal :34 1: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 2 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 12/18/11 at Oak :35 0: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 6 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/9/12 STL :45 0: Scoring Play: K. Smith 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/14/12 at Phi :22 11:05ot 0 10 Scoring Play: Hanson 45 yd. FG 10/28/12 SEA :07 0: Scoring Play: T. Young 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/27/13 DAL 6 80 :50 : Scoring Play: M. Stafford 1 yd. rush (Akers kick) 10/19/14 NO :22 1: Scoring Play: C. Fuller 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) 10/26/14 at Atl :38 : Scoring Play: Prater 48 yd. FG 11/9/14 Mia :44 : Scoring Play: T. Riddick 11 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) Game-Winning Touchdown Passes (Trailing/Tied) under 2:00 left in 4th Qtr or OT Large Date Opp Ply Yds Poss. Clock Deficit Deficit 11/22/09 CLE :46 0: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/2/11 at Dal :34 1: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 2 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 12/18/11 at Oak :35 0: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 6 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/9/12 STL :45 0: Scoring Play: K. Smith 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/28/12 SEA :07 0: Scoring Play: T. Young 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/27/13 DAL 6 80 :50 : Scoring Play: M. Stafford 1 yd. rush (Akers kick) 10/19/14 NO :22 1: Scoring Play: C. Fuller 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) 11/9/14 Mia :44 : Scoring Play: T. Riddick 11 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) Game-Winning Touchdowns (Pass/Rush) when Trailing or Tied under 1:00 in 4th Large Date Opp Ply Yds Poss. Clock Deficit Deficit 11/22/09 CLE :46 0: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 12/18/11 at Oak :35 0: Scoring Play: C. Johnson 6 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/9/12 STL :45 0: Scoring Play: K. Smith 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/28/12 SEA :07 0: Scoring Play: T. Young 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/27/13 DAL 6 80 :50 : Scoring Play: M. Stafford 1 yd. rush (Akers kick) 11/9/14 Mia :44 : Scoring Play: T. Riddick 11 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) Game-Winning Touchdowns (Pass/Rush) when Trailing or Tied under :30 in 4th Large Date Opp Ply Yds Poss. Clock Deficit Deficit 11/22/09 CLE :46 0: Scoring Play: Pettigrew 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 9/9/12 STL :45 0: Scoring Play: K. Smith 5 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/28/12 SEA :07 0: Scoring Play: T. Young 1 yd. pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 10/27/13 DAL 6 80 :50 : Scoring Play: M. Stafford 1 yd. rush (Akers kick) 11/9/14 Mia :44 : Scoring Play: T. Riddick 11 yd. pass from Stafford (Prater kick) PASSING PRIDE CAREER Among Lions QBs, Stafford has passed his way into Lions lore by becoming the franchise leader in multiple categories. CAREER YARDS With 20,136 career passing yards, Stafford is the Lions alltime leader in career yards and the only Lions QB to reach 20,000 career yards. With 362 in Week 11 at Pittsburgh last season (11/17/13), Stafford broke the previous record of 15,710 held by Layne, which has stood for 55 seasons (1958). Stafford achieved this record in only 55 career games. Layne reached 15,710 yards in 97 career games. On Stafford s 30-yard completion to Golden Tate in the second quarter at Arizona (11/16), he surpassed 20,000 career passing yards. By reaching 20,000 career passing yards in his 71st career game, he set a new NFL record reaching that mark in the fewest career games. (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau). He broke the previous record set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino who accomplished this feat in 74 career games. Only two other players besides Stafford (71) and Marino (74) have reached 20,000 career yards in fewer than 80 games, including QB Kurt Warner (76) and QB Peyton Manning (78). Stafford threw for 280 yards in the team s win over Miami (11/9), and charted 19,953 passing through his fi rst 70 career games. He has totaled the most passing yards in NFL history through 70 career games, which includes 774 passing yards more than Dolphins Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (19,179) who has the secondmost through 70 games. Stafford was just 47 yards shy of becoming the fi rst player in NFL history with 20,000 passing yards through his fi rst 70 career games. Lions Leaders, Career Passing Yards Rk Player Att Cmp Yds TD Int Years 1 M. Stafford B. Layne S. Mitchell Lions Leaders, Career 300-Yard Passing Games Rk Player G Years 1 M. Stafford S. Mitchell J. Kitna Lions Leaders, Career 400-Yard Passing Games Rk Player G Years 1 M. Stafford t S. Mitchell t C. Batch t J. Kitna NFL Leaders, Passing Yards Thru First 70 Games Rk Player Yds 1 M. Stafford D. Marino K. Warner 18490
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