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Matthew Stafford passed Joe Montana on the career passing yards list.

Former Bulldog Matthew Stafford passes Joe Montana in NFL record book

Even as his team sits at 3-3-1, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is having an outstanding season. He’s thrown 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions so far this season and has eclipsed the 300-yard mark in a game three times this season.

Stafford did that again on Sunday, as he threw for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over the New York Giants. Earlier this season, Stafford eclipsed the 40,000 yards mark and passed Johnny Unitas on the all-time passing yards list. Then this past Sunday, he eclipsed Joe Montana on the career passing yards mark. Montana is considered one of the greatest players to ever play the position, given his four Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think there is no truer look at who he is,” Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said of Stafford. “He’s just a competitive, competitive guy. He always wants to be the best, and he’s great. He works really hard. He’s competitive. He’s tough. He’s grinding it out every single day.”

Stafford has spent his entire career with the Lions after Detroit took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft after his three seasons at Georgia.

As for the other Bulldogs in the NFL, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb faced off for the first time as professionals. Michel finished the game with 74 yards on 21 carries but wasn’t able to find the endzone. Chubb had more of an up and down day, as he finished with 131 yards, but had two costly fumbles in the first quarter. Coming into the game, Chubb had just one fumble in his NFL career.

Chubb and Michel found each other after the game and made sure to catch up.