Lions Notes: Matthew Stafford Rewrites The Record Books

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after he threw a touchdown pass to Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
  • Matthew Stafford is now up to 33 passing touchdowns on the season, which is a single-season Lions record. He passed Scott Mitchell, who had 32 touchdowns in 1995, on Sunday.
  • According to Tim Twentyman, Stafford is the second-youngest player to throw for 4,000 yards and at least 30 touchdowns in one season. Dan Marino was the youngest. I'd say that's pretty good company.
  • Jason Hanson recorded his 2,000th career point on Sunday, making him the sixth player to reach that plateau and the first to do it with one team.
  • Dominic Raiola has already described Saturday's game against the Chargers as being the "biggest game" he will have ever played in. What's more, he encouraged fans to "start tailgating now" because this will be "bigger than Monday night."
  • The Lions' official Facebook page uploaded a photo album described as "Jim Schwartz fist pump finally captured in still photography." Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.
  • With their rally on Sunday, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to come back from 13 or more points down to win on four separate occasions in one season.
  • From 2006-10, the Lions won a total of five road games. This year, with one game away from home to go, the Lions already have five wins on the road. That's quite remarkable. (Via mc keeper)
  • Louis Delmas didn't make the trip to Oakland because he had his knee scoped. Dave Birkett reports that Delmas is considered day-to-day.
  • After Sunday's game, Ndamukong Suh finally took responsibility for the Thanksgiving stomp by calling it a "mistake" and saying that he spoke to Evan Dietrich-Smith, the stompee, about it. Suh believes they're on "very good terms," and he thinks Dietrich-Smith is a "great guy." If only Suh had just said this from the very beginning.
  • Calvin Johnson had 214 yards receiving on Sunday, good for the third-highest total in one game in Lions history.
  • Stafford's 48-yard pass to Johnson on the Lions' final drive looked like a punt because that was what Stafford was trying to do. Via Larry Lage, Stafford said this about the play: "I just threw a punt up there and let Calvin go and catch it."
  • The Lions' win over the Raiders will be featured on NFL Turning Point this week on Versus.

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