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Matt Stafford: “Wish I Could Have That Play Back”

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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford fumbles the ball during game against Green Bay December 9, 2012. (Getty Images/Tom Lynn)

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford fumbles the ball during game against Green Bay December 9, 2012. (Getty Images/Tom Lynn)

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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 Monday.

Detroit had a 14-0 lead over the Packers in the first half but play-by-play they let the home team back into the game on Sunday night and the Packers beat the Lions 27-20 in Green Bay, making it 22 straight wins at home over the Lions for the Packers.

Stafford told Valenti and Foster how the momentum of the game changed with the fumble in the second quarter, as the ball slipped out of his hands as he went to throw a pass.  “We had a ton of momentum … I gripped a wet spot on the ball,” he said.

Stafford acknowledged that the fumble had the effect of, “flipping the momentum … I take full responsibility for that play.”

He said the pass was intended for Calvin Johnson and wished he “had held onto it and got it to Calvin … wish I could have that play back.”

Valenti and Foster asked the Lions QB if there was a mechanical breakdown or maybe an injury … and Stafford quickly shot back:

“I’m not hurt – you can write that down,” he said.

Of opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Stafford was sportsmanlike: “He’s a stand-up guy, he’s got his guys playing well.”

Stafford kept coming back to the fumble, at one point, noting it was an easy seven points for Green Bay … “I hate losing, I hate losing more than I like winning.”

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