Matthew Stafford sets record for pass attempts

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looks downfield during

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looks downfield during the first quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit. (Dec. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

advertisement | advertise on newsday

DETROIT -- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has set an NFL single-season record for pass attempts.

Stafford threw his 692nd pass in the first quarter against Chicago on Sunday, completing a 5-yarder to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. He surpasses the mark of 691 set by Drew Bledsoe of New England in 1994.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

With star receiver Calvin Johnson having a record-settting season of his own -- and with no consistent running game to balance the offense -- Detroit has relied heavily on Stafford.

Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season mark for yards receiving last weekend.

Subscribe to Newsday’s sports newsletter for stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events.

Comments now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: