Detroit QB Stafford Fastest To 40,000 Yards

He beat Matt Ryan's previous mark by four games.

97.1 The Ticket
October 20, 2019 - 2:12 pm

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(AP/97.1 The Ticket) -- Matthew Stafford is the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 yards passing after surpassing the milestone in the first quarter of Detroit's game against Minnesota.

Stafford made it to 40,000 in his 147th game. The previous record was held by Matt Ryan, who reached the mark in 151 games.

In his 11th year with the Lions, Stafford ranked No. 21 on the NFL's all-time passing yards list entering Sunday's game and could supplant Johnny Unitas (40,239) for the No. 20 spot by the end of the day.

The Lions led 14-7 after one quarter.

Minnesota's Adam Thielen is questionable to return after injuring his hamstring making an acrobatic touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.