Saturday, December 22, 2012
History! Calvin Johnson bests Jerry Rice
By Kevin Seifert
We should have known. Two games to get 182 receiving yards? Too easy for Calvin Johnson.
He did it in one.
Johnson just broke Jerry Rice's NFL record for receiving yards in a season with a 26-yard reception late in the fourth quarter of the Detroit Lions' game against the Atlanta Falcons. As of this posting, he has 10 receptions for 204 yards. (Update: He finished with 11 catches for 225 yards, giving him 1,892 on the year.)
Johnson has actually broken three NFL records: Rice's season yardage mark, along with his 11th 100-yard game of the season and his eighth consecutive 100-yard game.
We'll have much more on Johnson's achievement in the hours to come. For now, we'll leave you with Rice's words from a telephone interview he conducted during the ESPN broadcast.
"The thing about this," Rice said, "is I believe records are meant to be broken. I'll be the first one to really congratulate this guy because I know what he stands for. He's a hard worker. He got the major contract and he's still hungry, and he wants to get out there and prove to everybody that [he is] the best receiver to ever play the game."