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Matthew Stafford continues hot Thanksgiving pace, in range of Bart Starr

DETROIT -- Quarterback Matthew Stafford is on his way to having another big Thanksgiving for the Detroit Lions.

Stafford continued his hot streak from the past couple weeks against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half, completing 17 of 25 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, as the Lions lead 24-7.

This is nothing new for Stafford, who has thrown for 330 yards or more the past three Thanksgivings (the Lions are 2-1 in those games).

Last season on Thanksgiving, Stafford completed 34 of 45 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Chicago. In 2013, he completed 22 of 35 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in a win over Green Bay. And in 2012, Stafford completed 31 of 61 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Houston.

By continuing his strong Thanksgiving play -- and really his improved play since Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator for the fired Joe Lombardi -- Stafford has also moved up the NFL’s all-time ledger in multiple passing categories.

Stafford ascended to No. 71 all-time in passing yards during the first half, surpassing former Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos quarterback Charley Johnson, who had 24,410 yards. Like Stafford, Johnson hails from Texas.

Stafford now has 24,522 yards.

With his three touchdowns in the first half, Stafford also moved up the all-time passing touchdowns list. Now at 148 career touchdown passes, he passed Steve Beuerlein (147) and former Lions quarterback Tobin Rote (148). At 149 touchdowns, he is now tied with former Lions, Dolphins, Raiders and Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and former Cleveland, Washington and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Frank Ryan for No. 82 all-time.

For the time being – Alex Smith plays Sunday – Stafford moved past the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in all-time attempts at No. 70 with 3,496. Smith, who faces Buffalo on Sunday, has 3,473.

Next up in both touchdowns and yards is Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Bart Starr. Stafford trails Starr by 196 yards and both Starr and Billy Kilmer threw for 152 career touchdowns.