How Matthew Stafford got to Super Bowl 2022: Playoff history, years played in Detroit, trade to Rams

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Before becoming quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the 2021-22 season, Matthew Stafford spent 12 years with the Detroit Lions. With an 0-3 record in postseason appearances over the course of his time in Detroit, Stafford became saddled with the reputation of a talented quarterback who could not win games when it mattered most.

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In one season in Los Angeles, Stafford has flipped that script. With a comeback 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship in which Stafford made big-time throws, recorded 337 yards and two touchdowns, the Rams have won three straight postseason contests. In the game against the 49ers, Stafford led his 44th career game-winning drive (including playoffs), which puts him in eighth place all time. The stage for Super Bowl LVI is set with the Los Angeles Rams poised to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13. The game will be broadcast live on NBC and Peacock.

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Matthew Stafford’s time as QB of the Detroit Lions

In order to appreciate Stafford’s turnaround, it is important to consider the losing seasons that preceded his time in Los Angeles. After a standout career at the University of Georgia, Stafford was the No.1 draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Lions. He took over starting quarterback duties immediately, starting under center in Week 1 of the 2009 season. While Stafford did not make a lasting impact in the postseason for Detroit, he rewrote the Lions’ record books. His 45,109 passing yards are first in franchise history, nearly 30,000 more than the second QB and his 282 touchdown passes are more than 150 away from second.

That individual success never blossomed to the team level though. During Stafford’s 12 years with the Lions, Detroit posted a winning record just four times and reached the playoffs just three times, never clinching a division title and never advancing beyond the Wild Card round.

Matthew Stafford traded from the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams

At 33 years old and after 12 years with one team, Stafford became part of the biggest offseason trade in the NFL following the conclusion of the 2020 season. The Lions traded Stafford to the Rams in exchange for QB Jared Goff and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-rounder in 2021. The trade benefitted both parties as it gave a rebuilding Lions team plenty of draft capital and it gave Stafford the chance to advance to the postseason. The Rams, who have adopted a “Super Bowl or bust” mentality, do not have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft until 2024 because they have traded picks away in order to acquire players who can help the team win now. It’s a risky strategy, but one that has landed the Rams, and Stafford specifically, right where they want to be: competing for a Lombardi Trophy on their home turf at SoFi Stadium.

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Matthew Stafford as QB in Los Angeles

In his first season with the Rams, Stafford was one of the top QBs in the league. He finished the regular season with 404 completions in 601 attempts for 4,886 yards, which was good for third overall. His QB rating of 63.8 was fourth in the league overall behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Justin Herbert. Stafford finished tied for the league lead with 17 interceptions, but he also finished second overall in touchdowns with 41 in the regular season. Stafford’s success has continued into the postseason as he has led the Rams to their second Super Bowl appearance in four years.

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Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford

Rams head coach Sean McVay has also played a major role in the team’s success. He was hired to coach the Rams in 2017 when he was 30 years old and Stafford joined the Rams at age 33. Now McVay (36) is just three years older than his signal-caller. With his appearance in Super Bowl LIII when the Rams fell to the New England Patriots, McVay became the youngest head coach in Super Bowl history. While last year’s Super Bowl featured the oldest coaching matchup in the game’s history with Bruce Arians facing Andy Reid (both of whom were 68 years old at the time), this year’s Super Bowl will feature the youngest coaching matchup in history as Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is just 38 years old.

McVay is turning heads in the NFL due to his youth in the coaching ranks. Meanwhile, Stafford is in the back-half of his career. Together though, McVay and Stafford have the chance to do something neither has done before: win a Lombardi Trophy.

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2022?

  • When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • TV Channel: NBC
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How to watch the NFL on Peacock: Full Sunday Night Football Schedule, live stream info for the 2022 season

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The 2022 NFL Season is in full gear. This week it’s Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals vs Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with Football Night in America. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

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Every Sunday Night Football game this season will be available on both NBC and Peacock. See below for the full 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule as well as additional information on how to watch every game on Peacock.

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2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) – Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – Broncos do just enough to pull off 11-10 win over 49ers

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs dominate Bucs 41-31

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

In addition to Sunday Night Football, what else can I watch with Peacock Premium?

Premium is your key to unlocking everything Peacock has to offer. You’ll get access to all the live sports and events we have, including Premier League and WWE Premium Live Events like WrestleMania. You’ll also get full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, plus every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover on Peacock Premium.

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 Follow along with ProFootballTalk for the latest news, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 NFL Season, and be sure to subscribe to NFLonNBC on YouTube!

2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule: TV channel, live stream info, NFL schedule

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The 2022 NFL Football season is finally back in session. This Sunday night features a match-up between Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals vs Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. NBC and Peacock have got you covered with access to this week’s game as well as every Sunday Night Football game this season. See below for the complete 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule and find out how to live stream every game on Peacock.

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This year’s Sunday Night Football coverage will feature Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Melissa Stark on the sidelines. Live coverage begins every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America with the talented group of Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio, and Matthew Berry. Berry, a fantasy football industry pioneer, will also appear on Peacock’s exclusive NFL post-game show, Sunday Night Football Final.

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Football Night in America will also feature a weekly segment hosted by Simms and sports betting and Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

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2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – Broncos do just enough to pull off 11-10 win over 49ers

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs dominate Bucs 41-31

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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 Follow along with ProFootballTalk for the latest news, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 NFL Season, and be sure to subscribe to NFLonNBC on YouTube!