Detroit needed Matthew Stafford's comeback more than ever.
Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams will meet the Lions at Ford Field next weekend in Detroit's first home playoff game since 1994 and the first at Ford Field. Stafford was chosen by the Lions in 2009 and played 12 seasons before being traded to the Rams.
After 2020, Stafford was dealt to the Rams for Jared Goff, who led the Lions to their first divisional title in 30 years this season. Stafford lost all three Lions playoff games on the road. He won a Super Bowl with the Rams his first season.
The same goes with Goff. He will host his old team after the Rams drafted him first overall in 2016 and took him to the Super Bowl.
In his third season with the Rams, Stafford passed for 3,965 yards and 25 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. The 35-year-old did not participate in Sunday's 21-20 triumph in Santa Clara because the Rams had already qualified for the playoffs.
Carson Wentz began in his place against the 49ers and finished 17-of-24 for 163 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while winning.
He led the team in rushing with 56 yards and a score. Since they were the NFC's top seed, the 49ers rested numerous starters.
After winning four straight, the Rams won seven of their last eight games to reach the playoffs. The sole defeat occurred in overtime against the AFC's top seed, the Baltimore Ravens.
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