Some context for CJ's day

September, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Had the Titans won Sunday, all these details about what Chris Johnson accomplished would get a lot more attention. Because they didn’t, they are all followed by, “but the Titans lost.”

Still, here are some of the impressive contextual details:
  • He is the first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57), and 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in a game.
  • FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Johnson scored touchdowns of 57, 69, and 91 yards in the Titans’ 34–31 loss to the Texans. That’s more TDs of 50 yards or longer than Curtis Martin or Eric Dickerson scored in their entire NFL careers.
  • Johnson was the first player to score three TDs of 50 yards or longer in one game since Qadry Ismail did it for the Ravens in 1999, and he was the first player in NFL history to do so in a loss. (ELIAS)
  • Johnson was also the first player ever to score a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, each covering at least 50 yards, in the first quarter of an NFL game. (ELIAS)
  • This list from ESPN Stats & Information isn't bad either, is it?
50-Yard Rush TD, 50-Yard Rec TD Same Game, Since 1980
Year Player, Team Rush TD Rec TD Opp.
2009 Chris Johnson, TEN 57 69 HOU
2002 Clinton Portis, DEN 51 66 KC
1986 Herschel Walker, DAL 84 84 PHI
1985 Lionel James, SD 56 60 CIN
1980 Walter Payton, CHI 50 54 WSH

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