Lions Notes: Fun With Stats (Break All The Records Edition)

  • Matthew Stafford broke the Lions single-season passing yards record on Saturday. He is now up to 4,518 yards passing this season, and there is still one game to play. The record was previously held by Scott Mitchell, who threw for 4,338 yards in 1995. (Stafford also owns the Lions single-season passing touchdowns record with 36 on the season. Mitchell previously held the record with 32 touchdowns in 1995.)
  • As noted by Andrew Siciliano, Stafford has thrown for 991 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions in the last three games.
  • Perhaps the Lions can petition the NFL to move to the AFC West next year. This season the Lions went 4-0 against the AFC West and outscored teams from the division by a total of 159-50. 39 percent of Stafford's touchdowns this season were in the four games against the AFC West (via Anthony DiPietro). As Jim Schwartz said on Monday, "I would like to point out that we did win the AFC West this year."
  • Calvin Johnson needs one more touchdown to set the Lions single-season record for touchdown catches. Currently he is tied with Cloyce Box at the top of the list with 15 touchdowns.
  • The Lions set a Ford Field attendance record this season with 509,949 total people attending games.
  • On Saturday, Jason Hanson passed both George Blanda and Matt Stover on the NFL career points list. Hanson is now fourth overall with 2,009 points. (Third place is John Carney with 2,062 points.)
  • Also on Saturday, Hanson kicked his 50th career field goal of 50 or more yards. No other player in the history of the NFL has accomplished that feat.
  • Hanson has attempted and made 50 extra points this season, which is a new franchise record. The old record was 48 in 1995 and was also held by Hanson.
  • This year's Lions team has already eclipsed the 1995 team's franchise record for the most touchdowns in one season.
  • Brandon Pettigrew, who is up to 76 catches this year, has broken the Lions single-season record for catches by a tight end. The old record was 71 and was set by Pettigrew last season.
  • As CBS noted on Saturday, the last time the Lions made the playoffs (in 1999), Stafford was only 11 years old. Hanson, on the other hand, was 29. (I was only nine, by the way.)

(For those who didn't catch it, yes, I was referencing a meme in the headline.)


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