The Minnesota Vikings have fully fallen back down to earth, the Green Bay Packers can’t find consistency, and the Detroit Lions are poised to take advantage. They extended the Vikings’ losing streak to three games with a wild 22-16 win on Sunday and they’ve tightened the NFC North division race to put all three teams within a game of each other. But most impressively, the Lions have put themselves in this position by coming back in the fourth quarter to win in all of their five victories this season.
The Lions’ brand of victory may be shortening the lifespans of their fans, but it’s nothing new for Matthew Stafford. He has more fourth quarter comebacks — 19 — than any other QB since 2011, and he looks better than ever this year. Though he threw his first interception in five games and didn’t have the best day in terms of yards per attempt, he also managed to bring the Lions into field goal range with only 23 seconds on the clock. He also did so with a 27-yard bullet over the middle to Andre Roberts, and managed to get his team to the line in time to spike the ball and give Matt Prater a chance to tie it with a 58-yard kick. The sequence showed that Stafford is playing at an elite level right now.
Of course, Stafford also has elite talent around him. I mean, look at what Golden Tate did to the Vikings’ secondary in overtime to win it: