Concluding Week 15 in the NFL, We Have Learned One More Thing: Matt Stafford and Tony Romo could be related…

Following Week 15, the comparisons have been flying around about Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and Dallas QB Tony Romo (right)

Following Week 15, the comparisons have been flying around about Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and Dallas QB Tony Romo (right)

BY:JEFF SCHNEBERK
@GAME7OVERTIME

Both quarterbacks have grown into stars with their teams, although a lot of people would probably debate that instantly, the two both have some striking resemblances.

Both threw costly interceptions in Week 15 of National Football League play, both had things under control, for the most part, then gave everything away in a nicely-wrapped Christmas package lol. It was not funny to Cowboys fans who have grown too accustomed to seeing this type of thing from their franchise QB.

The fun fact part of this comparison is that both players wear jersey #9 for their respective teams.

While the Lions have had an extreme upside over the past couple of years but as we saw in last night’s Monday Night Football, the weaknesses showed again. Baltimore beat Detroit on Monday Night, after a fairly solid showing by both teams, Baltimore scored nine unanswered points in the second quarter and other than that, and a 61-yard field goal, the teams were even all the way through.
It was Justin Tucker’s powerful right foot that gave the Ravens the come-from-behind victory in front of one of the loudest Ford Field crowds I have ever seen on the TV. Reminiscent of that Patriots then Colts kicker Adam Vinitieri who was probably nicknamed money at some point, probably still is.
But Tucker nailed a field goal from 61 yards that prompted a huge response on Twitter last night, including Richie Incognito:

Richie incognito ‏@68INCOGNITO13h
Really??!!!? 61 yards no big deal….

from Scottsdale, AZ

Baltimore’s Justin Tucker became the fourth kicker in NFL history to hit a go- ahead field goal of 60 or more yards in the final minute of the 4th quarter.
What it meant for the Ravens was it was their fourth-straight victory and they maintained control of the AFC wild card as they look to defend their Super Bowl title.
Detroit, on the other hand, has hurt their own playoff chances by losing four of their past five games and have fallen out of sole possession of first-place in the NFC North. They now sit behind both Chicago and Green Bay.

SETBACK FOR LIONS
“This is a setback, no question,” offered Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz. “We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out.”
Stafford’s night totaled three interceptions and followed a troubling night for the franchise.
He has 12 turnovers including a pair of fumbles in his last five games. Not coincidentally, the Lions have been able to overcome those miscues well enough to only win one game during that five-game slump.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco didn’t turn the ball over at all and made at least one strong play from outside the pocket in the late stages of the game on a 3rd-down-and long to Jacoby Jones. Most importantly, he got close enough to get his coach’s trust to allow Tucker to come in and boot the winning field goal…from 61 yards away.
Detroit however, managed to get in their own way. Big-money receiver Calvin Johnson dropped a pass that would have converted a third-and-15 deep in Ravens territory. On the next drive for Baltimore, Tucker kicked his first of three field goal.

PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIES
Albeit by only one win, Detroit sits just behind the Packers and Bears so losses for them next week and a Lions’ victory. The good news for Detroit is that they wrap up the season against two very sub-par clubs. On Dec. 22 they host the mistake-prone NY Giants and in Week 17 they finish off with the quarterback-starving Minnesota Vikings.
To make matters interesting, the two teams Detroit is chasing to make the playoffs, both play each other in Week 17 as the Bears are in Green Bay.

It is probably going to happen that the Lions’ playoff will depend on who does what that weekend.

@Game7overtime

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