Stafford passes way into record book

History Published on : 11/24/2009

Matthew Stafford set career highs and also broke some NFL rookie passing records as he guided the Detroit Lions to a thrilling last second win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Stafford’s 422 yards passing eclipsed the single-game mark for a rookie that was set by Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals (405 yards) in a game on Nov. 26, 2006.

Detroit’s first-year QB also became just the second rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw five touchdowns in a game. The Chicago Bears’ Ray Buivid first accomplished that feat on Dec. 5, 1937.

Here’s a look of how Stafford’s passing yardage against Cleveland compares to the best rookie games by the QBs enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who began their career since 1970.

Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys  1989 379 vs. Phoenix Cardinals
Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers 1970 211 vs. Denver Broncos
John Elway Denver Broncos 1983 345 vs. Baltimore Colts
Dan Fouts  San Diego Chargers 1973 254 vs. Denver Broncos
Jim Kelly* Buffalo Bills 1986  342 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 1983 322 vs. Buffalo Bills
Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers 1979 36 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Warren Moon* Houston Oilers 1984 365 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Steve Young*  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1985 277 vs. Green Bay Packers
*First year in NFL. Kelly and Young played in the USFL and Moon in the CFL prior to joining the NFL.