DETROIT--Going into today’s game against the Redskins, Matthew Stafford had 20 fourth-quarter comebacks in 99 career starts.
When it was over, he had 21 in 100.
It looked like Kirk Cousins had created the perfect ending to his return to the state where he grew up. He scored on a 19-yard run on a read option play to put the Redskins up by four with 1:05 left to play. All the defense had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone.
It took Stafford just three plays, passes to Marvin Jones and Andre Roberts sandwiched around a 14-yard scramble, to get into the red zone.
Some would call that a prevent defense prevent a win.
“Yeah, I think in hindsight we should’ve blitzed seven or eight but we played coverage that we’ve been playing for a long time,” Gruden said when asked if the defense should have been more aggressive on the final series. “He [Stafford] knifed a seam route but Will [Compton] missed it by about a fraction of a hair.”
“We’ll look at film and critique it later.”
The Lions slowed down momentarily in the red zone. But on third down and 10, Stafford fired a bullet to veteran receiver Anquan Boldin for the winning score with 16 seconds left.