Most Passing Yards in a Game in Detroit Lions History

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BetMGM @BETMGM Sep 16, 2021, 4:17 PM

The Detroit Lions have struggled to consistently win games for most of their 90-year existence – and haven’t been successful against the spread in NFL betting lately – but have produced a lot of notable passing performances over the last decade.

Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 43 passes for five touchdowns and 422 yards in a win over the Cleveland Browns in 2009, his rookie season. At the time, the Lions were only two years removed from their most recent 400-yard game (Jon Kitna in 2007) but it was just the fourth 400-yard game in franchise history.

Twelve years later, Stafford is gone but his name dominates the Lions’ record books, especially for most passing yards in a single game. The former No. 1 overall pick had 10 games with at least 400 passing yards over 12 seasons with the franchise, owns the only 500-yard game in franchise history, and has 17 of the top 20 highest yardage totals.

Entering the 2021 season, here are the highest single-game passing yardage totals in Detroit Lions’ history:

Rank Player Date Yards
1 Matthew Stafford 1/1/2012 520
2 Matthew Stafford 10/27/2013 488
3 Jon Kitna 9/23/2007 446
4 Matthew Stafford 12/22/2012 443
5 Matthew Stafford 11/22/2012 441
6 Charlie Batch 11/18/2001 436
7 Matthew Stafford 10/29/2017 423
8 Matthew Stafford 11/22/2009 422
9 Scott Mitchell 11/23/1995 410
10 Matthew Stafford 12/4/2011 408
11 Matthew Stafford 11/3/2019 406
12 Matthew Stafford 10/18/2015 405
13 Matthew Stafford 12/6/2020 402
14 Matthew Stafford 12/18/2011 391
15 Matthew Stafford 11/27/2014 390
16 Matthew Stafford 9/25/2016 385
17 Matthew Stafford 9/8/2019 385
18 Matthew Stafford 9/22/2013 385
19 Matthew Stafford 12/10/2017 381
20 Matthew Stafford 9/25/2011 378

 

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