He Has Arrived! Stafford Wills Lions To Win
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (AP Photo)
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (AP Photo)
Posted Nov 22, 2009
Nate Caminata

Matthew Stafford turned in a gutsy performance against the lowly Cleveland Browns, tossing a rookie record five touchdown completions, including the game-winner to Brandon Pettigrew.

Every one from the media to the fans targeted Sunday's home tilt against Cleveland as Detroit's best chance to achieve its second win of the year.

After falling behind early 24-3, that optimism was rather scarce.

But behind five touchdown passes and a gutsy performance from quarterback Matthew Stafford, including a game-winner to fellow rookie Brandon Pettigrew, the Lions overcame the deficit -- and yet another one late in the fourth quarter -- to secure win number two for Detroit.

Stafford threw touchdowns of 26, 25, 75, and one-yard, before breaking the league's rookie touchdown toss mark with one second remaining in the contest.

Stafford suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder on the previous play, but remained in the contest and found Pettigrew in the end zone for the win. The status of Stafford's injury is unknown.

The touchdown capped a 57-yard drive that was buoyed by a 31-yard pass interference call on Cleveland defensive back Hank Poteat, who mauled intended target Calvin Johnson in the endzone.

Stafford finished with 422 passing yards on 26-of-43 passing, good enough for a 112.7 passer rating.

Johnson led all receivers with seven receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown.

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