INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has joined rare company for an NFL signal-caller.
With his 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp with 1:23 remaining in the first half of Sunday's game against the Lions, Stafford reached 300 for his career and became the 13th player in league history to accomplish the feat. He's the seventh-fastest quarterback to reach the milestone.
On the season, it was passing touchdown No. 18 for Stafford. It was Stafford's second of the game, the first went to wide receiver Van Jefferson.
Stafford then eclipsed 300 with third touchdown pass of the game and second to Kupp early in the fourth quarter, passing former Broncos quarterback John Elway for 12th on the NFL's all-time career passing touchdowns list with 301.
"It means a little bit," Stafford said after the Rams' 28-19 win over the Lions on Sunday. "I grew up watching John and I was a huge fan. I wore No. 7 in high school and college because of John. And I was a huge fan of the way he played the game, the way he threw the ball, all of that. It's pretty cool. I'm sure I'll appreciate it probably more when I'm done playing. But along the way, it's nice to get that done with a win. If we had not won the game, I would probably be feeling a little bit different about it. But being able to win the game and do something like that, it's pretty special."