LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford is good at fourth quarter heroics

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LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford can make you want to pull your hair out at times after a boneheaded play. And at other times, Stafford can make you jump up and shout with joy after an incredible play.  But a true Matthew Stafford game is one where you pull your hair out and jump up with joy in the same game.

Like the Week 17 come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Call him the Comeback Kid. Call him Cardiac Arrest. However, you want to term the emotional roller coaster that comes with cheering for a Matthew Stafford team, start coming up with the name now. You see, I don’t think we’re finished with the theatrics. In fact, I believe that they may be getting warmed up.

Detroit Lions history with Matthew Stafford makes more sense now

I have become far more sympathetic to the fans of the Detroit Lions this season. And perhaps, a newfound appreciation of their plight over the course of 12 years of cheering for Matthew Stafford. You see, Stafford will win you some football games. And yet, he will help lose a few as well.

The 2021 season has been quite an emotional ride so far. And yet, this is a tame year for Matthew Stafford. He has engineered three fourth-quarter comebacks (4QCs) and four game-winning drives (GWDs) so far this year. But this is the third time that he has accomplished those achievements in his career. He has done better:

5-4QCs and 5-GWDs in 2014  (Detroit Lions finished with an 11-5 record and lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Playoffs 24-20)
8-4QCs and 8-GWDs in 2016. (Detroit Lions finished with a 9-7 record and lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Playoffs)

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So the more things change, the more things stay the same. Matthew Stafford giveth. And in the same breath, Matthew Stafford can taketh away. Me-oh-my-oh. I have a much deeper respect for Detroit Lions fans now.