Rams' Matthew Stafford Becomes Fastest QB in NFL History to Throw for 50,000 Yards

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 22, 2021

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

Los Angeles Rams star Matthew Stafford hit a major benchmark Tuesday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2014 Pro Bowler eclipsed 50,000 passing yards between the regular season and playoffs, and the 182 games he needed to get there are the fewest in NFL history.


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Nobody has questioned Stafford's ability to pile up stats. He's 13th all time in passing yards (49,007) and 12th in touchdowns (315). The players above him are either Hall of Famers or all but guaranteed to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

However, the 33-year-old's success—of lack thereof—in the postseason will undoubtedly be part of the conversation when his resume is put forward for Hall of Fame consideration. He appeared in just three playoff games with the Detroit Lions and lost all three.

Even when accounting for the Detroit Lions' historic futility, that's surprisingly low for a quarterback with his kind of production. According to Pro Football Reference, Stafford's two worst months for passer rating have been November (83.6) and December (91.3), the business end of the regular season.

Perhaps this is the year his luck finally turns around. 

At 9-4, the Rams were only a half-game behind the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC West's best record. Should Los Angeles go on to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it would be a crowning achievement not dissimilar to John Elway getting his long-awaited ring at the age of 37.

A Super Bowl title would probably end any debate about Stafford's Hall of Fame worthiness, too.