Matthew Stafford: It’s a long time coming

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On Jan. 30, 2021, the Rams agreed to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Lions.

On Jan. 30, 2022, Stafford helped Los Angeles beat San Francisco to send the Rams to Super Bowl LVI.

Stafford had never even won a playoff game before the 2021 postseason. But now after 12 seasons in Detroit, Stafford could finish his first year in L.A. as a Super Bowl champion.

“It’s a long time coming, you know?” Stafford said postgame. “I’ve spent a lot of years in this game in this league and loved every minute of it. I feel blessed to be able to play in this league for as long as I have. But I sure am happy for this opportunity not only for myself but for the guys in that locker room who deserve this too. And that’s what it is, it’s an opportunity to go out there and win another one.”

Stafford finished 31-of-45 for 337 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception in Sunday’s win. He nearly threw another in the fourth quarter but safety Jaquiski Tartt dropped the ball in the middle of the field.

So the Rams will play on. Stafford noted how proud he was of the group that the Rams were resilient enough to win.

“We had high expectations all year. We’ve done nothing but do everything in our power to try and meet those. It’s a driven group we have in there. This game wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t easy in some spots. But we found a way to win the game and that’s what it’s all about. Just happy and proud to b a part of this group and we’ve got some more work left to do.”

10 responses to “Matthew Stafford: It’s a long time coming

  1. They mentioned that Stafford nearly had another pick, but didn’t say that he had another TD also if a guy hadn’t dropped a perfect dime in the end zone.

  2. Knowledgeable Lion fans know that Stafford wasn’t the problem in Detroit. A solid B+/A- QB who is tough as nails. He endeared himself to Lions fans by winning a game with a blown out shoulder on the last play of the game his rookie year.

    Sure he’ll give you some WTF moments but the majority of the time, he’ll get the job done. He never got the respect due to playing in Detroit for 12 years with some of the lowest rated defenses and running games.

    Now the rest of the league can see what most of Lion fans knew all along. With a little help from an actual team, dude can get it done. I couldn’t be happier.

  3. This is the way to go out Matt. Win a Super Bowl and retire. No need to come back and prove yourself again.

  4. Such a class act. He focuses his remarks on being all about the team. He’ll take the blame and pass the accolades to his teammates. I think McVay also does a good job of communicating a team-focused culture.

  5. I’m happy for Stanford. I only wish Barry Sanders had the same opportunity to escape from Detroit.

  6. Still as unremarkable as he was with the Lions. You can take the clown out of Detroit, but the Detroit remains in the clown. He spent most of the time of the game looking clueless. Had he had to compete with a team with a real offense, he’d have been buried. Prepare for Cinncy to turn the Rams into the LA Bungles.

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