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WATCH: Matthew Stafford hits Marvin Jones Jr. to cap third quarter drive

The Detroit Lions entered tonight’s matchup against vaunted New England Patriots at Ford Field with an 0-2 record. Safe to say, they need to come out on top in this game in order to even think of salvaging their season, and they’re doing their part to give the fans something to cheer for.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Marvin Jones Jr. to finish off a big touchdown drive late in the third quarter to extend Detroit’s lead over the Patriots 19-10. Matt Prater’s extra point moments later was good, and Detroit was back up by 10 points.

This was especially important for Stafford, who has struggled early on this season. Here’s hoping this boosts his confidence!

BONUS CONTENT:

Rob Gronkowski nearly traded to Lions

Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots are playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field this evening, but according to a report that surfaced today, a trade that almost took place this offseason would have had Gronkowski on the opposite side of tonight’s matchup.

Upon finding out that he might be traded to Detroit, Gronkowski threatened to retire instead of play for Detroit. He went so far as to ignore phone calls from those in the Lions organization, and not make any effort to return calls, as well. Some sources have said that it wasn’t so much about Gronk not wanting to play in Detroit, but more along the lines of not wanting to play anywhere other than with the Patriots.

Gronkowski’s name was apparently mentioned in numerous trade rumors, although no teams made as much progress in trade talks as Detroit. It has been reported that if any of those trades would have gone through, Gronkowski would not have reported to any other teams. He wanted to play in New England, and New England alone.

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