Stafford's heroics place him in exclusive club with … Tim Couch


For Matthew Stafford, late-game heroics are nothing new. He ranks first in the NFL with 30 fourth-quarter comebacks and second with 36 game-winning drives since entering the league in 2009.

So Stafford was just living up to his reputation when he led the Lions back from the brink Sunday against the Falcons.

Except this one truly came down to the wire. Stafford's touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson that set up Matt Prater's game-winning extra point came with zeroes on the clock. It marked the second such touchdown of his career.

And it put him in some exclusive -- albeit unlikely -- company.

The only other quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw two game-winning touchdowns passes with no time left on the clock is fellow first overall pick and Browns legend ... Tim Couch.

Stafford's first do-or-die winner came in his rookie season, against -- who else? -- the Browns.

His second capped off a wild fourth quarter against the Falcons and got the Lions back to .500 heading into November.

“It felt great," Stafford said. "(We were) close in Week 1 but didn’t make it happen. I had another opportunity to this week. I was glad to get it done for the guys. Unbelievable plays all around made by our team. Great plays on defense, shoot, letting them score. I had my helmet on thinking the game was probably going to be over. They let them score, gave us a chance and that’s all we needed."

Couch lasted five seasons in the NFL, finishing with 10 fourth-quarter comebacks and 11 game-winning drives -- which is quite the accomplishment considering he had 22 career wins.