Four days ago, the final minutes of the Lions’ 38-37 win over the Browns had the NFL.com and NFL Network newsroom in a bit of a frenzy. It was what the entire room was watching, which in and of itself says something when you consider every game is on multiple televisions in the building. It was arguably the best game of the week — and the best ending — that no one saw coming.
It was also the first moment we were witness to the gritty-gutty nature (yes, a Scott Skiles reference) of Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford.
As it turns out, Stafford was mic’d up for the game, and NFL Films has sent over the final product, which we’re unveiling for you here. It was brought up in a production meeting earlier in the day that Films president Steve Sabol believes it may be one of the best mic’d up pieces.
Looking back at Stafford’s fortitude again, the sequence of events becomes even more compelling. You can hear Stafford groaning as he’s down on the field. Then as he’s laying on the sidelines, he’s part of a classic back-and-forth with team trainers.
“Hey that’s a timeout. I can play right?” Stafford says while on his back.
“No, no, no, no, no … ” someone (presumably a trainer/doctor) responds.
“Help me up. I can throw the ball if you need me to throw the ball,” Stafford says to everyone within ear-shot before running out onto the field.
Gritty-gutty Matt Stafford, mic’d up.