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Friday open thread: What is your favorite Matthew Stafford play?

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What was your favorite moment from Matthew Stafford’s eight-year career?

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We’re still waiting for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions to come to an agreement on a long-term extension. At this point, there’s no reason to worry that a deal won’t get done, but it’s easy to get impatient during the slow time of the year. Things could heat up after the July 17 deadline for Kirk Cousins to reach an long-term agreement with Washingotn, but that still leaves us well over a week of waiting.

So while we wait, let’s relive some of Stafford’s best moments as a Lion. Today’s Question of the Day is:

What is your favorite Matthew Stafford play as a Lion?

My answer: There are a ton of really easy answers, and I’ll let you all debate whether it’s the fake spike, or the sideline throw to Kris Durham or his separated shoulder touchdown pass against the Browns. But I want to talk about a moment that many of you have probably forgotten completely.

I still have an extremely clear memory of the exact moment I knew Matthew Stafford was special. It was his very first game as a Lion—Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons in 2009. Stafford threw an absolute rope down the sidelines—a foreshadowing of that brilliant throw to Durham—to Keary Colbert. The throw fit perfectly in the window between the cornerback and the closing safety. I had literally never seen a quarterback make a throw like that, and at that moment, I knew Stafford was the best passer I’d ever seen in a Lions uniform. I’m not sure I have ever been more excited for the Lions future than I was at that moment.

You can watch the pass here at the 35-second mark.

Your turn.