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Lions' Stafford gets 4,000 passing yards for seventh straight year

CINCINNATI -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford became the second quarterback in NFL history to have seven straight 4,000-yard seasons.

With a 14-yard pass to Kenny Golladay in the second quarter, Stafford went over 4,000 yards this season, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan, who each had six straight 4,000-yard seasons. Ryan can still tie Stafford for second on the list next week when Atlanta host the Carolina Panthers. Ryan threw for 288 yards Sunday against the Saints and now has 3,778 passing yards.

The only player who has thrown for more than seven straight 4,000-yard seasons is Drew Brees, who has hit over 4,000 yards every year from 2006 to 2016 and entered Sunday 150 yards shy of his 12th straight.

Stafford entered Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals 80 yards from the mark. He threw for 203 yards in the Lions 26-17 loss that eliminated Detroit from making the playoffs.

The mark also gives Stafford the most 4,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history before the age of 30, breaking a tie with Manning, who had six 4,000-yard seasons. No other quarterback in league history has had more than four.

Stafford became the fifth player in NFL history with at least seven 4,000-yard seasons, joining Manning, Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

Earlier Sunday, Stafford also moved into 30th place all time in passing yards, moving past Steve DeBerg (34,241 yards) with a 14-yard toss to Golden Tate in the first quarter. Stafford entered Sunday with 34,223 passing yards.

Next up for Stafford is Jim Hart, who had 34,665 yards for St. Louis and Washington from 1966 to 1984.