Detroit Lions vs Cardinals Week 1 Post Game Stats
LIONS ON OPENING DAY
With the 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit claimed the club’s 48th win on opening weekend. The Lions currently rank fourth among teams all-time for the most wins in Week 1 of the season.
Detroit won on opening weekend for the SIXTH time in the past SEVEN seasons. This win marks the FIRST time since 1986 that the Lions have won SIX opening day games in a span of SEVEN years. This is now the FIFTH time since 1934 that they have won six times on opening day over a seven-year span.
Detroit’s victory over the Cardinals represents the franchise’s 53rd win in home openers. Currently with 53 wins, the Lions have recorded the second-most home opening wins in the history of the NFL (Note: Detroit entered 2017 tied with Green Bay).
LIONS HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL IN WEEK 1
Led by Head Coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have scored the most points (137; 34.3 pts/g) in the team’s history during the opening games of the season over a four-year span (2014-17). Prior to Caldwell’s arrival, the most points averaged per game by Detroit in the opening game over a four-year span was 31.0 from 1951-54. The Lions also averaged 34.0 pts per game from 2013-16 with three of those seasons occurring under Caldwell.
LS Don Mulhbach: By playing in Week 1 against the Cardinals, LS Don Muhlbach became the FIFTH player in team history to play 14 seasons with the Lions. He is now tied with Hall of Fame CB Dick LeBeau and C Dominic Raiola for the THIRD-MOST seasons played in franchise history.
QB Matthew Stafford: Against Arizona in the 2017 season opener, QB Matthew Stafford started in his 100th consecutive NFL game (regular season, 97; postseason, 3).
LB Jarrad Davis: With a start against Arizona, LB Jarrad Davis (drafted 21st overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft) became the first Lions rookie to start at middle/inside linebacker in the regular season opener since LB Chris Spielman on September 4, 1988 against the Atlanta Falcons. He is also the first Lions rookie linebacker to start at any linebacker position for Detroit in the opener since LB Ernie Sims (OLB) against the Seahawks September 10, 2006.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
With a win over Arizona, QB Matthew Stafford set a NEW franchise record for most wins, now with 52, by a starting quarterback in team history. Stafford surpassed the previous record of 51 set by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (1950-58).
STAFFORD IN WEEK 1
With a win against the Cardinals, Stafford led the Lions to the team’s SIXTH win in its last SEVEN season-opening games. In the past seven openers, Stafford has averaged 320.1 passing yards per game, tossed 18 touchdowns and accumulated a passer rating of 103.9.
Stafford’s FOUR touchdown passes set a career high for a season opener, and he TIED a team record of FOUR touchdown passes in the opener previously accomplished by QB Joey Harrington against Arizona on September 7, 2003.
Four Touchdown Passes: Stafford connected on touchdown passes of 6, 7 10 and 45 yards in the 35-23 win over the Cardinals, marking the 11th time in his career he has thrown for FOUR touchdowns in a game. The four-TD effort was also the 28th time in his career he has tossed at least THREE touchdowns in game.
Stafford’s Game-Winning Drives: Stafford’s 10-yard touchdown pass to WR Kenny Golladay capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive that gave the Lions a 21-17 lead in the fourth quarter. The drive was Stafford’s 29th CAREER GAME-WINNING DRIVE when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or in overtime.
Now in his ninth season, Stafford moved past QB Peyton Manning (28, 1998-06) for the SECOND-MOST game-winning drives by a quarterback through his first NINE seasons. (Credit: Profootballreference.com)
K MATT PRATER
K Matt Prater provided support in the punting game when he subbed in as an emergency punter early in the Lions’ 35-23 win over the Cardinals. He punted 4 times for a 34.8 average and 34.8 net punting average. The punts represented the first of his career.
Prater also made a 58-yard field goal to end the first half. The 58-yarder was the LONGEST field goal in team history AT HOME and tied for the SECOND-LONGEST ever.
Prater joins K Jason Hanson as the ONLY Lions kickers since at least 1960 to register a punt and a 50-yard field goal in the same game. Hanson punted 3 times and made a 53-yard field goal at Tennessee on September 23, 2012.
Prater’s 58-yard field goal was the 36th 50+-yard field goal of his career. It is also the third he has made from at least 58 yards since joining the Lions in 2014.
WR GOLDEN TATE
WR Golden Tate led the Lions in both receptions (10) and receiving yards (107). He became the THIRD player in Lions history to record 10+ receptions in the season opener, joining RB Mel Farr (10 at Pit 9/21/69) and WR Herman Moore (twice; 10 at Pit 9/3/95, 12 at Min 9/1/96). His 10 receptions are the most by a Lions receiver in a season-opening game that occurred at home.
Tate’s 107-yard performance is the first 100-yard receiving game by a Lions receiver in a season-opening game since WR Calvin Johnson had 164 vs. the New York Giants September 8, 2014.
With 10 catches against the Cardinals, Tate now has recorded 10+ catches in FOUR career games, all with the Lions. He now has 12 career 100-yard games, including NINE with Detroit.
WR MARVIN JONES JR.
WR Marvin Jones Jr. hauled in a 6-yard pass in the second quarter of the team’s 35-23 win over Arizona, which was the first touchdown of the season for the Lions. The 6-yard TD reception was the 20th of his career and fifth with Detroit. His touchdown catch was also the FIRST of his career in a season opening game.
Following interceptions by Lions S Glover Quin, S Tavon Wilson, and S Miles Killebrew, the Week 1 matchup against Arizona marked the first time three different Lions safeties have recorded an interception in a game since December 4, 2016 at New Orleans.
Lions safeties now have recorded 10 INTERCEPTIONS since the beginning of the 2016 season, the MOST by a safety group in the past 17 games (through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games).
S Miles Killebrew: With a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown, Lions S Miles Killebrew recorded his FIRST-CAREER INTERCEPTION RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN. The pick was Killebrew’s second interception of his career.
S Tavon Wilson: In the first defensive drive of the season, S Tavon Wilson picked off a Cardinals pass and returned it 23 yards. Wilson’s interception was the EIGHTH of his career and THIRD since joining the Lions in 2016.
S Glover Quin: Midway through the second quarter, S Glover Quin intercepted the 22nd pass of his career and 17th since joining the Lions in 2013. He now has an interception in SIX consecutive seasons.
Quin also recorded his SEVENTH career forced fumble in the first quarter against Arizona. Quin’s performance against the Cardinals marked the first game of his career that he has recorded both an interception and a forced fumble. He is the FIRST Lions safety with an interception and forced fumble in a game since S Kenoy Kennedy vs. Carolina October 16, 2006.
Detroit’s 11 pass defenses in the 35-25 win over Arizona marked the first time since December 2, 2012 against Indianapolis (11) that the defense recorded 11 pass defenses in a game.
Detroit’s 11 pass defenses were the most recorded in the team’s season-opening game since at least 1994. (Credit: Stats, LLC).
CB Quandre Diggs: Leading the Lions pass defense effort was CB Quandre Diggs with a career-high THREE pass defenses, surpassing his previous best of one accomplished seven previous times.
DT Haloti Ngata: On the defensive line, DT Haloti Ngata knocked down a Cardinals pass, which was the 39th of his career and seventh since joining the Lions in 2015. Ngata has accumulated the second-most pass defenses by a defensive tackle in the NFL since 2006.
S Miles Killebrew: Second-year S Miles Killebrew established a career-high with TWO pass defenses against the Cardinals.
CB NEVIN LAWSON
With three total tackles in the opener against the Cardinals, CB Nevin Lawson (101) surpassed 100 career tackles.
LB JARRAD DAVIS
With NINE total tackles to lead the Lions in their 35-23 win over the Cardinals, Davis became the first Lions rookie to record a team-high in tackles during the season-opener since Ernie Sims had 10 (tied team high) against Seattle September 10, 2006.
Davis also recorded a fumble recovery to become the first Lions rookie to recover a fumble in the season opener since S Louis Delmas (1) at New Orleans September 13, 2009.
WR KENNY GOLLADAY
In the Lions’ 35-23 win over Arizona, rookie WR Kenny Golladay hauled in touchdown receptions of 10 and 45 yards, with both occurring in the fourth quarter. His 10-yarder gave the Lions a 21-17 lead, which they would not surrender.
Golladay became the first Lions rookie to catch a touchdown in the opening game of the season since WR Calvin Johnson at Oakland September 9, 2007. Golladay is also the FIRST Lions rookie to catch TWO touchdown passes in the opening season game since WR Charles Rogers grabbed two against Arizona September 7, 2003.
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