Following the 0-16 season, the Detroit Lions selected Matthew Stafford 1st overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He tended to be a little bit more injury prone in the early stages of his career. However, he has gotten past that for the most part and has really shown the organization that he can be the franchise quarterback that this team has always looked for.
He is now the highest paid player in the NFL, at 5 years / $135 million, passing Andrew Luck and Derek Carr. Will he live up to the deal? The Lions have committed to Stafford and are eager for a playoff win. Stafford has taken the Lions to the playoffs in 3 of his seasons with the team. Against the Saints in the 2011 season, it was losing in QB duel against Drew Brees. Then with the controversial Dallas-Detroit playoff game of the 2014 season, it was blowing a lead and losing a game that simply should have been won. However, the most recent playoff game against the Seahawks was a bit different, since Stafford was playing through an injury to his middle finger on the hand of his throwing arm.