Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia couldn’t hold back a smile Monday when answering a question about his quarterback’s poise in extreme pressure.
“You see the leadership of Matthew Stafford in all those situations. He’s so situationally aware all the time of what’s going on on the field. It’s pretty awesome,” Patricia said.
Stafford exuded veteran confidence and tenacity as he led his offense in a 75-yard game-winning drive with 64 seconds on the clock to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 23-22. Patricia had nothing but good things to say.
“It’s pretty cool to watch that and to see his ability to really see the entire field of everything that’s happening during those final seconds. It’s pretty neat,” he said.
Patricia said football in general can be organized chaos and that you can tell Stafford has the calm, collected leadership abilities to get the team through it.
“Matthew Stafford’s been there a lot of times and really just really phenomenal in those situations, it was just great,” he said.
You can watch Patricia’s media session in its entirety below:
And onto the rest of your notes.
- There are lotsa videos on the Lions’ YouTube page right now. Here’s a recap of the other wild endings between the Lions and Falcons in 2014, 2017, and this year.
- The Detroit Free Press’s Carlos Monarrez explains why teams might not want to play the Lions heading into the November playoff race.
- It’s time the Lions step up and pay Kenny Golladay, Michael Rothstein argues for ESPN.
- “No sugarcoating it, it’s been frustrating.” Marvin Jones Jr. speaks about his quiet season until this past Sunday, Freep’s Dave Birkett reports.
Yesterday's comeback marked the 2nd time @Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw a game-winning TD pass with no time left on the clock. He became the 2nd player in the Super Bowl era to do so multiple times.— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) October 26, 2020
The 1st such comeback for Stafford came against the Browns in 2009.#OnePride pic.twitter.com/dChHP2GAC6