DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET) – Mike Valenti and Terry Foster went head-to-head with Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on 97.1 The Ticket Tuesday.

Sounding a more like Bill Clinton than himself, Stafford, who is battling bronchitis, spoke about the disappointing loss on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Lions had a 12 point lead with minutes left in the fourth quarter Sunday and lost the game as the Colts’ Andrew Luck connected for a touchdown on the final play handing Detroit a heartbreaking 35-33 loss.

“It was a tough one for sure, we played well .. to have it slip away at the end hurts,” said Stafford. “Just disappointed … (the team) put a lot of effort into the game … I’m just proud of how the team fights every week.”

Stafford was asked how much input he has in the on field decisions during game time …

“I have input in the meetings and things leading up to the game but the head coach makes the decision in the last few minutes,” he said.

Asked whether Stafford would rather be in a pass-play in those situations rather than a toss-sweep Stafford said “I’d like a pass-play every time … but that was the smart decision for that time.”

When the subject of Titus Young came up Stafford cut the connection short saying, “it’s not for me to talk about that with you guys on the radio.”

Watching the final plays from the sidelines Stafford said he was just pulling for his teammates … “I wanted my team to get the win .. try and come out on top.”

What’s the connection suddenly between Stafford and Calvin Johnson?

“We just got into a rhythm, more opportunity. I’m trying not to let a chance to hit him go by,” said Stafford.

Detroit lost  the previous week to the Green Bay Packers in the final minutes 24-20.

The Detroit Lions will take on Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. catch all the action on 97.1 The Ticket.

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