Matthew Stafford’s fourth-quarter magic isn’t there at the moment

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If coffee is for closers, Matthew Stafford might have to choose a different source of caffeine this morning.

The Lions quarterback, long known for his ability in the fourth quarters of games, hasn’t been nearly as good in those settings of late.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford has been credited with 33 game-winning drives, which is sixth among active quarterbacks. But he has 21 since 2014, which is the most over that span.

But in the last two weeks, losses to the Bears and Rams, Stafford has turned the ball over four times in the fourth quarter, and has eight in the final quarter this season.

His coaches were careful to make them a group effort, and any time a team is 4-8 it’s never one guy’s fault.

“I think turnovers are always an offensive team stat,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. “There’s 11 guys on the field, there’s a bunch of coaches, bunch of other players. We’re all trying to do our job at the highest level we can do it. I got to coach better in the fourth quarter. We got to do a better job offensively of playing better football.”

It doesn’t help that they traded wide receiver Golden Tate and lost wideout Marvin Jones and running back Kerryon Johnson to injuries, but Stafford himself is making mistakes an a rate unlike his recent past.

13 responses to “Matthew Stafford’s fourth-quarter magic isn’t there at the moment

  1. .
    Stafford, Cousins, Keenum and Rogers are four QBs whose performance has not been commensurate with their salaries.
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  2. You mean the forth quarter magic where he throws an INT or fumbles the ball to blow the game and their goofy fans cry about the refs for their loss?

    LoLions!!!

  3. That first comeback was against a bad Browns, the last two “failed” comebacks were to quality teams. This may be indicative of Stafford’s “comebackability” being down to variation in quality of opposition AND Lions being worse before 2014. From 2009-2013 they were 29-51 so behind in more games (so needing more comeback efforts) AND facing lesser opposition (so easier to do them). From 2014 onwards they’re 40-30, overall behind in fewer games and overall facing somewhat better teams from having finished 3 of the last 4 seasons with a winning record.

  4. The Fords got suckered into hiring all these NE guys and look where it has taken the team… they should have looked into the track record of other failures that have left the BB/TB tree……

  5. Playoff history:

    Cutler 1
    Stafford 0

    Cutler > Stafford

    LoLions!!!

  6. Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books… says:
    December 5, 2018 at 8:44 am
    You mean the forth quarter magic where he throws an INT or fumbles the ball to blow the game and their goofy fans cry about the refs for their loss?

    LoLions!!!

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    Does anyone know what exactly this guy’s problem is with the lions? I mean we haven’t been good since Barry left and it seems that this much vitriol comes when you feel threatened by an opponent… And if you’re feeling threatened by the lions right now… Perhaps you have so. E self esteem issues🤔

  7. Does anyone know what exactly this guy’s problem is with the lions? I mean we haven’t been good since Barry left and it seems that this much vitriol comes when you feel threatened by an opponent… And if you’re feeling threatened by the lions right now… Perhaps you have so. E self esteem issues🤔

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    Just ignore him, this site is filled with Trolls. Also we haven’t been good since 1957, winning one playoff game in sixty years, doesn’t mean “you’re good.”

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