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Stafford and the Ol' Gunslinger

Matthew Stafford (Leon Halip/USP)

Just like a young Brett Favre had to do with the Packers, Matthew Stafford is carrying Detroit's offense. Stafford has had a record-setting season in leading the Lions back into the playoffs and into Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Two decades ago, Brett Favre was winning football games for the Green Bay Packers with the likes of Darrell Thompson and Vince Workman in the backfield. That's about as good a parallel as there is to what Matthew Stafford is doing as quarterback of the Detroit Lions. What coach Jim Schwartz imagined would be a formidable one-two backfield punch of powerful rookie Mikel Leshoure and fleet-footed...

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