Stafford's day in historical perspective

Research by the NFL office indicates that Detroit’s Matthew Stafford had -- statistically, at least, -- the best game by a rookie quarterback in league history on Sunday. The evidence:

  • His 422 yards is a single-game record for a rookie quarterback. The previous high was 405 yards by Arizona’s Matt Leinart in 2006.

  • He became the first rookie quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a game since, oh, 1937. That’s right. The only other rookie to do it was Chicago’s Ray Buivid.

Go ahead and impress your friends with that bit of a trivia.