The Dallas Cowboys won the first 58 minutes. The Detroit Lions won the final 2. 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 and had to give the Lions another crack.
In the final 62 seconds, Johnson caught two key passes on what would be the final drive to finish with 329 receiving yards — a mere seven short of Flipper Anderson's 1989 record as a member of the Los Angeles Rams — in a 31-30 thriller of a Lions victory.
In the 14-catch effort in the Detroit Lions' insane comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys, Megatron lived up to his nickname by escaping 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, including an 87-yard catch and run (that somehow wasn't a touchdown) by Johnson after he whipped Cowboys corner 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 those two games.
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