Lions WR Johnson breaks Rice's single-season receiving record

PFW staff
Pro Football Weekly
Lions WR Johnson breaks Rice's single-season receiving record

Updated at 11:39 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 22

Calvin Johnson became the NFL’s single-season receiving yardage leader Saturday night, breaking Jerry Rice’s long-held record.

Johnson entered the game against the Falcons needing 182 yards to make the record his own. He put up 117 yards in the first half alone.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson hauled in pass from QB Matthew Stafford on a crossing pattern to break the record.

Johnson finished the game with 11 catches for 225 yards. He now has 117 catches for 1,892 yards on the season, which puts the 2,000-yard mark very much within his reach with one week in the regular season remaining.

Rice's record wasn't the only one that Johnson broke on Saturday. He also recorded his eighth 100-yard game in row, breaking a record held by Charley Hennigan (1961, Oilers) and Michael Irvin (1995, Cowboys).

In the first quarter of the game, Johnson surpassed Herman Moore to become the Lions’ single-season receiving yardage leader. Moore previously held the record, which stood at 1,686 yards.

Johnson also reached the 10-catch mark for the fourth game in a row, which set another NFL mark.

The Falcons won the game, 31-18, to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.