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Matthew Stafford becomes fastest NFL QB to 40,000 yards

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Stafford became the 21st quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 40,000 yards, and the first to do it in fewer than 150 games.

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In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 40,000 passing yards.

Stafford accomplished the milestone in just 147 games. The previous record holder, Matt Ryan, did it in 151 games.

While part of the reason for Stafford’s record-breaking performance lies with an increasingly pass-heavy NFL era, the Lions franchise quarterback deserves credit for longevity in his career and play strong enough to make the Detroit Lions relevant again after a horrible span in the early 2000s.

Of course, Stafford’s record isn’t likely to last forever. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is currently on pace to break 40,000 yards by game 127 or so—20 games faster than Stafford.

But for now, let Stafford have his moment to shine. It may have taken him more passing attempts to get there, but the Lions quarterback accomplished something only 20 other quarterbacks in NFL history have done.

Congrats, Matthew.