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
  • Live streamPeacock, NBC Sports app,
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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

Be sure to follow ProFootballTalk for the latest news, updates, and storylines about the upcoming NFL season!