Matthew Stafford can shoot for passing record Sunday
Matthew Stafford is gunning for a record on Sunday at San Francisco.
Stafford could become the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 350 yards or more in five consecutive games. Stafford completed 32 of 48 passes for 355 yards in the victory over the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. He was picked off three times. Stafford closed last regular season with 391 yards against the Raiders, 373 against the Chargers and a career-high 520 vs. the Packers.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has also had four consecutive 350-yard games.
"That's cool, I guess," Stafford said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "Not something I set out to do five games ago, but it's obviously a cool thing. But winning, that's the coolest thing for me. Who knows what the stats will look like this week? Nobody does, but hopefully we can do whatever we need to do to get a win."
Stafford faces a stiff test going against the 49ers, who have one of the top defenses in the NFL. The 49ers play their safeties deep so shots downfield could be difficult. The 49ers limited Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 303 yards in a 30-22 victory at Lambeau Field.
The problem quarterbacks and teams run into when they need to pile up big passing numbers is the statistics are often amassed in losing efforts. Teams with good leads will run the football late in games.
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