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Calvin Johnson turns in one of the best receiving games ever in shocking Lions comeback

Eric Edholm
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The Dallas Cowboys won the first 58 minutes. The Detroit Lions won the final two. Calvin Johnson dominated all 60.

It appeared that Johnson and the Lions would have to settle for his incredible effort in a losing cause, but the Dallas Cowboys botched running out the clock to give the Lions another crack.

In the final 62 seconds, Johnson caught two key passes to finish with 329 receiving yards — setting a record for most receiving yards in regulation and coming a mere seven short of Flipper Anderson's 1989 record for most receiving yards in a game — in a 31-30 thriller of a Lions victory.

Johnson finished with 14 catches in the Detroit Lions' insane comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys. On the game-winning drive, he escaped bracket coverage to catch passes of 17 and 22 yards to bring the Lions down to the 1-yard line, helping set up a brilliant quarterback sneak by Matthew Stafford.

Stafford only missed on two throws in Johnson's direction all day, and the massive effort included an 87-yard catch and run (that somehow wasn't a touchdown) by Johnson after he whipped Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr off the line. It was a long day for Carr, who stripped Johnson of a fumble once but could do little more. Seven of the Lions' 10 longest plays were Stafford passes to Johnson.

Johnson's previous best was 244 in Week 17 of the 2011 season against the Green Bay Packers.

Do we need more proof that Megatron is on a different plane than any other wide receiver? He now has matched Cincinnati's A.J. Green and Dallas' Dez Bryant, the other two young wideouts trying to steal Johnson's throne, and put up an astounding 484 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games.

Debate over.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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