On Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions hosted the Minnesota Vikings at Ford field in what was one of the biggest games of the NFL season, especially for the Lions. Unfortunately, for Lions fans, the Vikings came out on top, hurting Detroit’s chance of making the NFL Playoffs.
In advance of the game, NFL on FOX played the following “Detroit vs. Everybody” video, documenting just how far the city of Detroit and it’s people have come in just a short amount of time. The video featured Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talking about the changes he has seen in the city he loves.
Detroit vs Everybody.
Despite facing an uphill battle, the people of Detroit persevered and ultimately saved their city. pic.twitter.com/fRStJenXLW
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 23, 2017
Top 5 Matthew Stafford late-game heroics
Matthew Stafford has been many things for the Detroit Lions over his roller-coaster career, but the one constant has been his ability to drop jaws by dropping dimes in the direst circumstances. And the circumstances have often been dire for the only quarterback drafted by a 0-16 team. Tasked with pulling the Lions from all-time ineptitude, no moment has ever seemed too big for Stafford’s right arm, which has no equal.
Without a run game, a respectable offensive line, a decent coaching staff, or even a salvageable defense to fall back on for the majority of his career, Stafford has had plenty of opportunities pull Detroit from the brink and he hasn’t disappointed. In fact, the NFL’s undisputed comeback king has made the unbelievable so routine, picking just a handful of his greatest late-game magic tricks feels almost as daunting as the comebacks themselves.
Oh. So. Subjective.
My list will not be the same as yours. It is, after all, a personal and unique reflection on the emotional whirlwinds our cardiac cats often take us on.
Stafford will continue to beat the odds in big moments, late in games for the remainder of his career. Heck, he’s as good a bet as any to add another to his showcase this Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings, with the NFC North up for grabs. But, right now?
This is my personal favorite collection of times Stafford transcended to hero status.
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