Don't look for Matthew Stafford to show any mercy on the Lions
There is a reason why Lions fans know not to cheer for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. They know that any young quarterback who is willing to step back onto the football field with a separated shoulder to throw a game winning touchdown is not going to take it easy on the Lions team in the NFL Playoff. Quite the opposite is likely, in fact.
Turnabout is fair play, and Matthew Stafford knows entering this Wild Card Round that this could be the last time that he competes in front of the Detroit Lions fans in any postseason competition. And from his NFL escapades, everyone knows that whenever Matthew Stafford competes on a huge stage under bright spotlights, the fans are bound to get their money's worth.
Stafford may love Detroit, Michigan. He may even be incredibly grateful for the opportunity to begin his NFL career by playing for the Detroit Lions. But if there is one thing he is not, he is not going to roll over and play dead to enable the Lions to advance in the NFL Playoffs. Quite the contrary. Stafford was 0-3 as quarterback for the Detroit Lions in the NFL Playoffs. He is far too competitive to allow Jared Goff to win his first game as quarterback for the LIons.