Following the Detroit Lions' 33-35 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field, December 2, 2012.
Johnson Ties NFL Record
WR Calvin Johnson caught 13 passes for 171 yards and 1 touchdown today vs. Indianapolis. He now has five-straight games with 125+ receiving yards which ties an NFL record set by Lions WR Pat Studstill in 1966. (Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson’s current streak of four games with 140+ yards ties the longest streak in NFL history by Lions E Cloyce Box spanning the 1952-53 seasons. He is the only player with four-straight games with 140+ yards in the same season.
Career-High in Receptions
Johnson’s 13 catches set a new career high and are the second-most receptions in a game in Lions history. He was one shy of the team record of 14 set by WR Herman Moore vs. Chicago December 4, 1995.
He also set a career high with 8 receptions in the first half of today’s game. His previous best was 6 accomplished twice (at Chicago 11/2/08 and at Jacksonville 11/4/12).
Johnson’s 100-Yard Streaks
With 171 yards today, it marks the first time in Johnson’s career that he has recorded five-straight 100-yard games.
Johnson’s fifth-straight 100-yard game is the first for the Lions since WR Pat Studstill recorded six in a row in 1966.
With 171 receiving yards today, Johnson registered his 29th career 100-yard receiving game. Johnson is second only to WR Herman Moore (34) for the most in team history.
It is also Johnson’s eighth 100-yard game this season and ties a career high for the most 100-yard games in a season. Johnson registered 100 receiving yards eight times in 2008. WR Herman Moore holds the franchise record with 10 100-yard receiving games in 1995.
Already the only player in team history who has recorded seven 100-yard receiving games in two different seasons, Johnson is now the first player in team history to record eight 100-yard games in two different seasons.
Johnson Surpasses 1,400 yards
Johnson’s 171 yards increased his season total through 12 games to 1,428 receiving yards. He has now reached the 1,300-yard and 1,400-yard marks for the second consecutive season.
He now has three career 1,300-yard seasons. Johnson is the only player in team history with at least two seasons garnering 1,300 receiving yards and now has three (1,331 in 2008 ,1,681 in 2011, 1428 in 2012).
Johnson’s Stretch Run
With 1,428 yards in 12 games (119.0 avg), he now has the most yards through 12 games since WR Lance Alworth has 1,428 in 1965. He is tied for the third-most receiving yards through 12 games in NFL history. While tied with Alworth, he is behind WR Charlie Hennigan with 1,541 in 1961 and WR Crazy Legs Hirsch with 1,495 in 1951 for the most receiving yards through 12 games. (Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)
Johnson’s 119.0 yards per game average through 12 games is on pace to break both the Lions all-time single season record for receiving yards (WR Herman Moore, 1,686 in 1995) and the NFL record for receiving yards in a season (WR Jerry Rice, 1848 in 1995). At 119.0 yards per game, he would finish the season at 1,904 yards.
Johnson trails the record by 420 yards and needs to average 105.0 yards per game to reach Rice’s record.