Lions notes looks at some ridiculous stats from Sunday's game, Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson and more.
- As reported by Mike O'Hara, going into Sunday the Detroit Lions were one of only four teams to be within one score of their opponent in the fourth quarter in every game this season. As of Monday, that stat only applies to the Lions, as the St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints all got blown out on Sunday.
- All seven of the Lions' games this season have been decided by eight points or less. In their three wins, the Lions won by four, three and four points. Their four losses were decided by eight, three, seven and six points. This just shows how important it is to convert drives into touchdowns rather than settling for field goals or turning the ball over.
- Lions safety Louis Delmas will undergo tests on his injured left knee on Monday. Considering how often he is injured, this is not a good sign.
- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who caught some flak for changing his Twitter name to "Optimus Prime" last week, said this after Sunday's game:
Richard Sherman still talking. On Calvin Johnson "You see his numbers, they speak for themselves. He was a non-factor"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 28, 2012
- Even though he was recovering from surgery, Nate Burleson took the time to tape a message for the Lions for Sunday's game.
Burleson gave the Lions a moving speech from his hospital bed that was played in the offensive team meeting Sat. night. He had surgery Fri.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 28, 2012
- Amazingly, the Lions only had three offensive possessions in the second half on Sunday. The drives were as follows: 12 plays in 6:53 (INT), nine plays in 5:22 (TD) and 16 plays in 5:07 (TD).
- Matthew Stafford was at the Detroit Tigers game on Sunday night:
The Tigers unfortunately lost in extra innings and were swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
- As noted by Kevin Seifert, eight of Stafford's 16 career wins have now involved a comeback in the fourth quarter, including all three of the Lions' wins this season. "Captain Comeback" indeed.
- Stafford especially likes winning games in the final minute of regulation.
That was the fourth game-winning touchdown thrown by Stafford in the final 1 minute of the game— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 28, 2012
Stafford is only QB in NFL since the 1970 merger to throw 4-game winning TD passes with less than 1 minute to play in his first 36 starts.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 28, 2012
- It wasn't a tough decision for Stafford to throw the ball to Young on the game-winning touchdown.
Stafford said final play was by design: "There were four dudes standing by Calvin and one dude by Titus." #Lions— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 28, 2012
- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was in town to accept the Roberto Clemente Award, and he got a chance to watch Stafford play on Sunday. Kershaw and Stafford played baseball together growing up.
- Jason Hanson moved ahead of Norm Johnson and into sixth place on the NFL's career PATs list on Sunday. (Via Tim Twentyman)
- Former Lions cornerback Eric Wright is reportedly facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall.