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Lions QB Matthew Stafford Wants to Play in the Teams’ Season Finale

Coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn’t considered resting franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford with the playoffs out of reach, though plenty of people think he should, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Stafford, though, isn’t nearly as conflicted.

“I’m the quarterback here,” he said. “This is what I work hard for. I work hard for opportunities to go out there and play on Sundays. I don’t care what the situation is. You get your body ready. You get your mind ready to go out there and play. You go out there and play.

“And I think to think otherwise is not real smart.”

“There’s a lot at stake,” he said. “Every time we go out there and play, whatever you put on tape is who you are as a player and who you are as a team. And it’s another opportunity for us to go out there and play and get a win. There’s a chance to have a winning record. There’s a chance to be 5-1 in our division. Some opportunities to go out there and do some things that before the season you wanted to do.”

Stafford heads into the finale with numbers that make him a top 10 quarterback by almost every measure. His 4,123 yards are fourth in the league. With another 204 yards against Green Bay, he’ll have his best season since 2013.

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