Lions’ Calvin Johnson sets single-season receiving yards record
The Detroit Lions are not having any kind of season to brag about, even as their best player is setting NFL records.
On Saturday night, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, also known as “Megatron,” set the single-season receiving yards record, passing the great Jerry Rice. Rice’s mark of 1,848, set in 1995 was surpassed when Johnson caught a 26-yard pass from Matt Stafford in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.
According to USA Today, Johnson finished the game with 11 receptions for 225 yards, giving him 1,892 yards on the year.
Johnson also tied the mark for most 100-yard games in a single season set by Michael Irvin (11) and posted his eighth straight 100-yard game, a new record reports NFL.com.
But while Johnson seemed unstoppable, the Falcons held him to no touchdown catches and beat the Lions 31-18 to clinch home-field advantage during the playoffs, according to the Associated Press.
Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes to help improve the top-seeded Falcons to 13-2.
Detroit (4-11), have now lost seven straight games and will finish their season against the Chicago Bears. Johnson needs just 108 yards to break the 2,000-yard mark.