As the fourth quarter of the season unfolds, a franchise quarterback seems to be having a lot of trouble in the fourth quarter of games.
According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a passer rating of 30.2 in the fourth quarter of the last four games. The only win in those four games came against the Packers, during a Thanksgiving contest that was no longer in doubt by the time the final 15 minutes commenced.
While other failures have contributed to the team’s inability to win more than seven of 13 games, the franchise quarterback needs to step up when the game is on the line. Stafford, in recent weeks, hasn’t.
As a result, the Lions are now in danger of blowing the NFC North crown. They’ll get their next chance to push toward the team’s first division title in 20 years on Monday night, when they welcome to town the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. Per Twentyman, Flacco has a passer rating of 85.3 in the fourth quarter of the last four games.