Lions QB Examines Deflategate, Super Bowl Match-Up

January 30, 2015

The offensive star of the NFL’s recent Pro Bowl – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford – is predicting a tight contest this weekend in pro football’s biggest game – the Super Bowl.

It was Stafford’s first selection to the NFL’s annual all-star showcase – and he was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player on offense.

Stafford has perhaps the strongest arm of any quarterback in the NFL. So he has a good sense of how tough it can be to throw the ball against pro defenders.

But he says he has zero experience in dealing with what’s become the biggest story line so far of the Super Bowl – allegations that the New England Patriots illegally deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game, ostensibly to make them easier to throw and catch.

Stafford said, “I don’t know because I’ve never thrown a deflated ball. I don’t know what that feels like. So I’m probably the wrong guy to ask on that. I just show up and play with the balls that were brought.”

But Stafford does have a good sense of how the Patriots stack-up against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

New England trounced Detroit during the regular season 34 to 9, holding the Lions without a touchdown while Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady threw for almost 350 yards against what was then the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

Stafford predicts New England will bring the same take-no-prisoners style to the Super Bowl.

“Yeah they’re a good football team, no question. They played great in their championship game and it’ll be a good game,” he said.

Stafford also has a bit of inside knowledge regarding Seattle.

One of his favorite targets, Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate, was a part of the Seahawks Super Bowl-winning team last year before signing with the Lions in the off-season.