Monday, October 28, 2013
Some numbers behind Detroit's 31-30 win
By Michael Rothstein
It was as improbable as it was dramatic, so much so that many Detroit Lions fans had already chosen to leave Ford Field.
They had already seen Calvin Johnson have the best game of his career, even if they would miss the last two catches in his 329-yard effort, the second most in NFL history.
Those who left -- and Jim Schwartz’s daughter was among those who did because she had a soccer game -- missed Matthew Stafford go 80 yards in 50 seconds to score with 12 seconds left, giving the Lions a 31-30 win.
Now here’s a look at some numbers behind the win. Some of the numbers for this story were compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. Follow Stats & Information on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.
70th -- Where Johnson would rank in receiving yards in the NFL with just Sunday’s game against Dallas.
7 -- Yards shy of Flipper Anderson’s NFL record of 336 yards.
2 -- Incompletions thrown to Johnson on Sunday (one was intercepted, the other almost caught in a juggling catch).
1 -- More win Detroit has at the halfway point this season (five) than the Lions did all of last year (four).
5 -- 200 yard games for Johnson, tied for the most in NFL history with Lance Alworth.
61 -- More yards by Johnson on Sunday than the entirety of Dallas’ offense.
522 -- Receiving yards in Johnson’s career against the Cowboys -- more than any team not in the NFC North.
39 -- Games in the NFL this season where a quarterback threw for as many, if not more, yards than Johnson had receiving Sunday (Stafford has four).
3 & 4 -- The ranks of Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson, respectively, in total rushing and receiving yards this year, behind just Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. Remember, too, that both Bush and Johnson missed the equivalent of one-and-a-half games each due to injury this year.
75 -- Plays Calvin Johnson was a part of Sunday.
1 -- Defensive players who played every snap Sunday -- linebacker DeAndre Levy.
4 -- 300 yard or better games for Matthew Stafford this season.