- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A few days had passed and Matthew Stafford, kind of, had reflected on what he had accomplished Sunday. Yes, it came in a loss, but Stafford became the Detroit Lions' all-time passing yardage leader just five seasons into his career.
Stafford, who now has 16,005 yards in his career, took only 55 games to do it.
"Obviously wish it would have been part of a win," Stafford said Tuesday. "But it's still an accomplishment. Any time you can put your name in the record books in an organization, it means something, but probably think about it more after the season than I am right now.
"Got to give a lot of credit to my teammates. If they're not getting open, catching the ball, blocking for me, all that stuff, I can't do any of this stuff. So it's a team, a team award."
Stafford said he didn't know initially when he had broken the mark -- it came on a 79-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson that was also Stafford's 100th touchdown throw -- and learned about it when he found out Johnson threw the ball in the stands after he scored.
Johnson made sure to get him touchdown No. 101 instead and told him "dropping dimes."
That Stafford broke this record -- and any record, really -- didn't come as a complete surprise.
"That's pretty awesome," center Dominic Raiola said. "I knew a guy like Stafford, a guy who is going to be here a long time, he's going to break a lot of records, not just Bobby Layne's. I think we're not used to seeing that because we haven't had a franchise quarterback who stayed here for a long time.
"A guy like him is going to be around for a long time. He's going to break records, just like Calvin. Same thing."
And now a look at other Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Reggie Bush insists he is an all-weather back. Nate Burleson is closer to coming back. The Lions drop back a little in the power rankings; a look at the playoff picture, numbers leading to Sunday's loss and the end of Montell Owens' season.
The Lions also cut tight end Martell Webb from the practice squad and brought back running back Steven Miller.
Stafford sees talent in Tampa Bay's defense, writes Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez in the Detroit Free Press.
Stafford says he must play better, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.
Justin Rogers from MLive says quick passes did in Detroit's pass rush. Again.