Stafford's four TDs help Lions rally past Redskins

Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:57pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

DETROIT (Reuters) - Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes in his first game back from injury to help the Detroit Lions claw their way to a 37-25 win over the Washington Redskins Sunday.

Stafford, making his first appearance since he separated his shoulder in a season-opening loss at Chicago, was brilliant completing 26 passes for 212 yards, including three touchdown strikes to Calvin Johnson.

"I felt like I started out a little slow but I kind of expected that," Stafford told reporters. "I took a couple of hits today and my shoulder felt good, which is promising."

Winners of four games the last three seasons, the Lions have pinned their rebuilding efforts around a quarterback who has missed as many games to injury as he has played since they made him the number one overall pick in last year's draft.

But Stafford helped the Lions improve to 2-5 and showed that he can deliver as promised.

"It is his first game back in seven weeks, we have to give (Stafford) a hand for what he did," said Johnson, the first Lions player to score three touchdowns in a game since 2005.

"He might have started off rusty but he started throwing darts after that and we started rolling."

Trailing 25-20 with a little over three minutes remaining, the Lions answered with two touchdowns and a field goal to clinch the win.   Continued...