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There are times when Matt Stafford can blow up a secondary.
Sunday, against a not-so-good New York Giants defense, it was his turn to be blown up.
In fact, he looked awful for most of the day—even before the game-killing pick-six in the fourth quarter which allowed the Giants to tie the Lions and send the game into overtime.
While he did complete most of his passes, that interception loomed large, as did his inability to get the ball to Calvin Johnson.
Normally, you think perhaps it would be good to target someone other than Johnson, but on Sunday you were wondering why he wasn’t trying to get the ball to his No. 1 receiver more.
We can point to his wonky mechanics, we can question his field vision, we can wonder at the play-calling—but on Sunday, when they needed him to stand tall in order to stay viable in the division, he came up small.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.