lucky: Was it Stafford's best-ever game? Not totally clear.

Was it Stafford's best-ever game? Not totally clear.

Nov 8 2017 på 02:50
He's had some really good ones," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "It's hard to distinguish. He had a Serge Savard Youth jersey string of them there a couple years ago that were pretty strong and last year, too. But this one, well, you don't get a whole lot better than this."

And it came at a time when Detroit had to have it. Most of the Lions didn't want to call Monday night a must-win game, but they understood the importance of it. They understood that a three-game losing streak turning into four could severely impact their season.

Instead, Detroit erased all that and now faces one team with a record above .500 over the final eight games of the season -- Minnesota on Thanksgiving. And if Detroit plays like it did Monday night, it could end up leading to a playoff spot.

"I was telling my coach it was the most important game because it was the next game but we really needed this win, you know -- kind of catapult us into the last half of the season," Marvin Jones Jr. said. "So it was a big win for us and obviously it was a division game so we needed to get it."

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- At various points throughout Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo grabbed a football and began playing catch on the sideline. When he wasn't doing that, he was reviewing recent offensive plays on a tablet or grabbing a rubber band to stretch.

No matter the movement, it left everyone in attendance wondering if that was going to be the thing that led to Garoppolo making his 49ers debut. In the midst of an 0-9 season, Garoppolo's first snaps with the team are just about all the fans have to look forward to over the final seven games.

Alas, Garoppolo was simply going through the steps he's always done on the sideline in case he was called upon to step in for rookie C.J. Beathard.

"It’s kind of a normal routine after three years with the Patriots," Garoppolo sad. "You never know what’s going to happen so you just have to always be ready. I never really think that [I'm going in] until it actually happens but I mean you have always got to stay ready."

That Garoppolo and everyone watching the 20-10 defeat were on high alert should be no surprise given what was happening to Beathard. Working behind an offensive line with a new left tackle (Trent Brown), right tackle (Erik Magnuson) and banged-up right guard (Brandon Fusco) and without his best receiver (Pierre Garcon), Beathard was under pressure for most of the day.

Taking a cue from previous Beathard opponents like Dallas and Philadelphia, Arizona blitzed Beathard relentlessly and when it wasn't dropping him for five sacks, it was hitting him 11 more times.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Beathard finished five-of-17 for 61 yards when the Cardinals brought five or more rushers. That 29 percent Serge Savard Youth jersey completion rate was tied for the second-worst by a 49ers quarterback attempting at least 10 passes in a game Serge Savard Youth jersey in the past 10 seasons.

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