A few weeks ago, the Detroit Lions were in control of the NFC North, had one of the better records in the conference and were looking at locking up their first division title in forever. But over the course of the last few games, the Lions have free fallen to third place in the division, have dropped their last two games and have watched quarterback Matthew Stafford go from one of the top quarterbacks in the league to an interception machine.
Specifically, Stafford’s fourth quarter heroics have been replaced with heartbreaking interceptions that have cost the Lions games. Stafford isn’t unaware of his late game struggles and addressed the issue with reporters this week.
“There are definitely throws that I wish I had back,” Stafford said Friday. “I feel like I’ve made some good plays, but bottom line is winning and losing games. They make a field goal at the end of the game to win it. We have a chance to come back. We don’t get it done with 30-something seconds left. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”
The late game struggles for Stafford are again a point of frustration for fans watching their team fall apart at the worst possible moment. Just when it seemed the Lions were playoff bound, they’re burning up upon reentry to the postseason and Stafford has more pressure than ever to succeed. He says he doesn’t listen to the media blasting him, but something needs to change as the Lions franchise quarterback continues to come up short at a time in his career when he needs to be shedding his old skin.