With a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones, Matthew Stafford set an NFL record.
The Lions quarterback has the most passing yards on Thanksgiving Day. Stafford passed former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who threw for 2,338 yards in 10 games on Thanksgiving. Stafford, playing his his eighth Thanksgiving game, entered Thursday's game needing just 120 yards to pass Romo.
The toss to Jones late in the second quarter of Thursday's game against the Vikings gave Stafford the record and got the Lions in the end zone for the first time. Stafford was 9 of 17 for 124 yards and the touchdown as the Vikings held a 20-10 halftime lead.
It helps that the Lions play every year on Thanksgiving, but before selecting Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Lions had a turnstile at quarterback. No other Lions quarterback is even in the top five when it comes to Thanksgiving Day passing leaders. Former Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Danny White are third and fourth, respectively, and Packers Hall of Famer Bart Starr is fifth.
Lions Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne did throw 14 touchdown passes in eight Thanksgiving games, tied with White for third behind only Romo (18) and Stafford (16).