NFL: Minnesota 14, Detroit 13

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Cordarrelle Patterson scored a pair of touchdowns Sunday, lifting the Minnesota Vikings to a 14-13 victory over Detroit in their final game at the Metrodome.

NFL: New York Giants 23, Detroit 20 (OT)

DETROIT, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Josh Brown kicked a 45-yard field goal 7:32 into overtime Sunday and the New York Giants ended Detroit's post-season hopes with a 23-20 victory.

NFL: Baltimore 18, Detroit 16

DETROIT, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Justin Tucker's team-record sixth field goal of the game was a 61-yarder with 43 seconds left that boosted the Baltimore Ravens over Detroit 18-16 Monday.

NFL: Philadelphia 34, Detroit 20

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- LeSean McCoy rolled up 217 rushing yards and scored twice in the fourth quarter Sunday, rallying Philadelphia over Detroit 34-20 amid wintry conditions.

NFL: Detroit 40, Green Bay 10

DETROIT, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush made up for four turnovers with four touchdowns Thursday and carried the Detroit Lions to a 40-10 battering of Green Bay.

NFL: Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21

DETROIT, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Leonard Johnson returned an interception for touchdown Sunday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took advantage of five turnovers to get past Detroit 24-21.

NFL: Pittsburgh 37, Detroit 27

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Ben Roethlisberger tossed two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter Sunday, rallying the Pittsburgh Steelers over Detroit 37-27.

NFL: Detroit 21, Chicago 19

CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Calvin Johnson corralled two of Matthew Stafford's three touchdown passes Sunday and the Detroit Lions took the NFC North lead with a 21-19 win over Chicago.

NFL: Detroit 31, Dallas 30

DETROIT, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford's touchdown dive with 12 seconds remaining Sunday capped a stirring late comeback that boosted the Detroit Lions over Dallas 31-30.

NFL: Cincinnati 27, Detroit 24

DETROIT, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Mike Nugent booted a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the game Sunday, handing the Cincinnati Bengals a 27-24 win over Detroit.

NFL: Detroit 31, Cleveland 17

CLEVELAND, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford hooked up with Joseph Fauria on three touchdown passes Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions handle Cleveland 31-17.

NFL: Green Bay 22, Detroit 9

GREEN BAY, Wis., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Mason Crosby booted five goals and Aaron Rodgers connected for a touchdown pass Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 22-9 win over Detroit.

NFL: Detroit 40, Chicago 32

DETROIT, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Reggie Bush provided 173 total yards with a score Sunday, propelling the Detroit Lions over Chicago 40-32 in an NFC North division rivalry game.

NFL: Detroit 27, Washington 20

LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford tossed a pair of TD passes Sunday and the Detroit Lions recorded their first-ever victory in Washington with a 27-20 defeat of the Redskins.

NFL: Arizona 25, Detroit 21

GLENDALE, Ariz., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Rashard Mendenhall scored on a touchdown plunge following a key late penalty Sunday, elevating the Arizona Cardinals over Detroit 25-21.
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Matthew Stafford
Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford is under heavy pressure as he tries to pass against Colorado in the second quarter at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., September 23, 2006. Georgia defeated Colorado 14-13. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)..

John Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

Stafford was born in Tampa, Florida to John and Margaret Stafford. He lived in Dunwoody, Georgia while his father attended graduate school at the University of Georgia. His family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where Stafford attended Highland Park High School, where he was coached by Randy Allen and was widely considered to be one of the best high school quarterbacks in the United States in the class of 2006.

Stafford made his varsity debut in the 2002 playoffs against Sulphur Springs High School. He lettered in baseball where he was teammates with future Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, but after a disappointing junior season in which he threw for only 1,748 yards, 18 TDs and 11 INTs, Stafford quit the baseball team to concentrate on football.

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