Sunday, October 27, 2013
Calvin Johnson vs. the Cowboys
By Calvin Watkins
DETROIT -- What Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson did against the Dallas Cowboys was unreal.
So we've decided to give you a by-the-numbers look at his performance:
Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. It was the second-best single-game performance by a NFL receiver in league history. It was also the most receiving yards against the Cowboys ever. Harold Jackson of the Los Angeles Rams held the previous record of 238 yards, set on Oct. 14, 1973.
- According to the ESPN Stats and Info group, Johnson had seven 20-plus yard receptions. He has now recorded seven receptions for at least 20 yards in a game three times in his career. No other receiver has done it once since the start of 2001.
- Johnson was tackled inside the 5-yard line four times against the Cowboys. That’s the most a receiver has been tackled inside the 5-yard line in a game since 2001.
- The 14 catches by Johnson ties the most catches by a Cowboys' opponent. Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts caught 14 passes on Nov. 17, 2002. Running back Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles also caught 14. That was done on Nov. 4, 2007.
- The Cowboys' defense has allowed six players to hit at least the century mark in receiving yards this season. Victor Cruz (5-118), Hakeem Nicks (5-114), Ruben Randle (5-101), Antonio Gates (10-136), Demaryius Thomas (9-122) and now Johnson have performed the feat in 2013.