Monday, December 17, 2012
Inside the run: Johnson's 94-yard dash
By ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Wade Payne
Chris Johnson was too fast for anyone to catch on Monday Night.
Our Monday Night Football crew timed Chris Johnson’s 94-yard touchdown run in Monday’s win over the New York Jets at 10.78 seconds.
It was by far the highlight of a tough-to-watch contest, one in which the Tennessee Titans eliminated the Jets from postseason contention.
What else was of note about the run?
• It was the longest touchdown run in Titans history, breaking the mark previously set by Sid Blanks against the Jets in 1964 and tied by Johnson in 2009.
• It was the second-longest run from scrimmage in Monday Night Football history, surpassed only by Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touchdown run for the Dallas Cowboys against the Minnesota Vikings in 1983.
• It was the longest touchdown run by anyone in the NFL since Chester Taylor's 95-yard TD run for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.
• The Elias Sports Bureau notes that it made Johnson the third player in NFL history with multiple 90-yard touchdown runs, joining Bo Jackson and Ahman Green.
• It was the sixth touchdown run of at least 80 yards in Johnson’s career. No other player in NFL history has more than three. Johnson has three this season. He also had three in 2009.
• Johnson had his second touchdown of 80 or more yards this season against a defensive unit's front line that has more defenders than available blockers (ie: a "loaded box.")
No other player in the NFL has any such touchdowns this season. Entering the game, Johnson had the second-most yards per rush (6.3) among qualified running backs against such defenses.
• Johnson had nearly as many rushing yards on that one play as the Jets had total yards in the first half (99).
• Johnson has 33 games with at least 100 rushing yards since 2008, most in the NFL in that span. The player with the next most: Adrian Peterson, with 30.