There will undoubtedly be a mix of emotions for Detroit Lions fans during Sunday’s playoff game, marking the team’s first home postseason contest since 1994, with the iconic Ford Field hosting the event against a franchise legend.
The 35-year-old quarterback, Matt Stafford, expressed his excitement about playing at Ford Field this week.
However, a particular Lions fan has organized an unusual request, urging others not to wear a Lions-Stafford jersey to the game. This sentiment prompted a response from Stafford’s wife, Kelly, who found it “sad” that such a request was made. She emphasized her husband’s positive feelings toward the city and the fans.
In response to the fan’s Instagram post, Kelly Stafford commented, “Well, this is sad because it’s the completely opposite of how we feel about this city, but Matthew has always been the bigger person and will continue to be that. Praying for an incredible game with zero injuries.”
The fan clarified their intention, stating, “We love Matthew, just not this week.”
Matthew Stafford holds the distinction of being the best quarterback in the history of the Detroit Lions franchise, backed by impressive statistics accumulated over his 12-year tenure. Despite his significant contributions, Stafford never secured a playoff victory with the Lions, going 0-3 in postseason appearances.
Now, as the quarterback for the opposing team, Stafford has the opportunity to contribute to the Lions’ winless playoff streak. For Lions fans who have a deep affection for Matthew Stafford, taking a break from wearing his jersey during this intense playoff game might be a considerate gesture.