"It's a good sign," Stafford said after Detroit opened a season with a win for the first time since 2007, overcoming the young quarterback throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown, a long kickoff return that set up a Tampa Bay field goal and several costly penalties.
"Obviously, you don't want those mistakes to keep coming back," Stafford added. "You've got to fix those, iron those out."
Stafford completed 24 of 33 passes, including TD throws of 36 and 1 yards to Calvin Johnson and 11 yards to Tony Scheffler. The only interception he threw glanced off the hands of intended receiver Will Heller and was returned 28 yards by Aqib Talib for the only touchdown Tampa Bay managed until Josh Freeman threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams with less than two minutes to go.