Sunday, November 18, 2012



Johnson’s 100-yard Effort
WR Calvin Johnson caught 5 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown in today’s game vs. Green Bay. With 143 receiving yards, Johnson registered his 27th career 100-yard receiving game. Johnson is second only to WR Herman Moore (34) for the most in team history. He also registered 100 yards for the sixth time this season.

Johnson now has three-consecutive 100-yard games for the third time in his career. In the past three games, he has registered 129 yards (at Jax 11/4), 207 yards (at Min 11/11) and 143 yards (vs. GB 11/18) and has averaged 159.6 yards per game.

Johnson Surpasses 1,000 Yards
On Johnson’s 53-yard reception in the first quarter, he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season. He now has reached 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth time in his career and for the third season in a row (2010-2012). Johnson also registered 1,000 receiving yards in 2008 (1,331), 2010 (1,120) and 2011 (1,681).

Through 10 games, he has accumulated 1,117 yards, averaging 111.7 yards per game. That average puts him on pace to record 1,787 yards in 16 games.

By reaching 1,000 yards this season, Johnson joins WR Herman Moore and WR Johnnie Morton as the only players in Lions history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in four seasons. Moore (1994-97) and Morton (1997-99, 2001) each did it four times during their careers with the Lions.

Johnson also joined Moore (1994-97) and Morton (1997-99) to register 1,000 receiving yards in three-straight seasons.

2,100 Career Points
K Jason Hanson connected on field goals of 30 and 27 yards, along two extra points, to score eight points against Green Bay. With eight points today, Hanson reached 2,100 career points and became the third player (K Morten Andersen and K Gary Anderson) in NFL history to score 2,100 career points. In 321 career games, Hanson has scored exactly 2,100 points.

Hanson also became the first player in NFL history to score 2,100 career points with one team.

He ranks third all-time in career scoring with 2,100 points and third all-time in career field goals with 483. He trails K Morten Andersen (2,544; 565) and Gary Anderson (2,434; 538) in both categories.

Career Passing Yards
QB Matthew Stafford threw for 266 yards vs. Green Bay and increased his career total to 10,828. Stafford moved into fifth place on the Lions all-time career passing list, surpassing QB Eric Hipple (10,711).

Stafford now trails QB Gary Danielson (11,885) for fourth place on the Lions all-time career passing list.

Rush End
DE Cliff Avril registered one sack (5-yard loss) and two tackles in the game. Avril now leads the team tis season with 5.5 sacks. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Avril has 16.5 sacks, including a career high 11.0 in 2011.

Avril, who now has 35.5 career sacks, became the fifth Lions defensive player since 1982 to record 35 career sacks.

Lions Longevity
By starting in today’s game, T Jeff Backus and C Dominic Raiola both moved up on the Lions all-time career games played list.

Today’s game marks the 186th career game for T Jeff Backus. He passes Hall of Fame CB Dick LeBeau (185) for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time career games played list.

Raiola has now passed FB Cory Schlesinger (181) for sixth place on the Lions career games played list. To date, Raiola has played in 181 of a possible 185 games during his 12-year career. The only games he missed occurred during stretch of four games during the 2008 season.

Backus and Raiola each have now played more games in Lions history than any other offensive linemen. They have started 166 games together. which is the most by any offensive linemen teammates since the 1970 merger.

Hanson (321), Backus (186) and Raiola (182) now rank in the Top-6 on the franchise’s career games played list.

Mainstay At Left Tackle
By starting in today’s game, T Jeff Backus extended his franchise record of consecutive starts to 186 (187 including postseason). In 2011, he surpassed Lions Hall of Fame CB Dick LeBeau (171) for the most consecutive starts in team history.

Only Backus (active) and QB Peyton Manning (208) have started the first 180 games of their respective careers since 1970 (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).

Backus has started every game since he was drafted in 2001(first round). Backus currently holds the mark for the most consecutive starts among active (offensive and defensive) linemen, and he is currently third among all active players with 186 straight starts.

Fairley’s Big Day
Second-year DT Nick Fairley recorded 7 tackles and 2 sacks, both are career highs. It was Fairley’s first career multi-sack game, and it gives him 4.5 sacks on the season.

He also registered his first career forced fumble on the Packers opening drive in the third quarter to halt Green Bay’s drive at the Packers 17-yard line.