Calvin Johnson sets single-season receiving yards record
- Published: Dec. 22, 2012 at 11:17 p.m.
- Updated: Dec. 23, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a single season during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Johnson broke the record on a 26-yard reception from Matthew Stafford late in the fourth quarter. The catch gave him 1,871 yards on the season with the Lions trailing, 31-16. The Lions went on to lose 31-18.
Johnson has 1,892 yards receiving heading into the Lions' season finale against the Chicago Bears.
Johnson tied Michael Irvin's NFL record for most 100-yard games in a season with 11 earlier in the game and posted his eighth consecutive game with 100 yards or more, also an NFL record.
Rice finished the 1995 regular season with a then-record 1,848 receiving yards.
During the third quarter, Rice told ESPN during its telecast of the game that the record would fall against the Falcons.
"It's going to go down (tonight). This guy's just amazing," Rice said. "You never want your record to be broken, but if anyone's going to do it, I prefer Megatron to do it."