Johnson comes up big in many ways


Calvin Johnson had an amazing game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, impressive even by the standards that he has set in his first seven seasons in the NFL.

He finished with a near-record 329 receiving yards in the Detroit Lions' 31-30 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

What was special about that performance?

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• Johnson’s 329 receiving yards were just shy of the NFL single-game record of 336 set by Flipper Anderson for the 1989 Rams.

• Johnson has five games with at least 200 receiving yards, tied with Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history.

• There are 16 teams that haven’t thrown for 329 yards in a game this season. That includes the Cardinals, who haven't done it since 2009, and the Chiefs and Redskins, who haven't done it since 2010.

• For those wondering, Jerry Rice’s single-game high was 289, Terrell Owens’ 283, and Randy Moss’ 204.

Matthew Stafford was 14-of-18 targeting Johnson, averaging 18.3 yards per attempt. When targeting all other Lions receivers, Stafford was 19-of-30 and averaged 5.3 yards per attempt.

Stafford now has six 400-yard passing games in his first five seasons. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that is the second-most 400-yard games in a player’s first five seasons, trailing Dan Marino, who had seven. The Cowboys are the first team to allow four 400-yard passers in a season.

• Johnson had seven 20-plus-yard receptions in this game. He’s had three games with at least seven receptions of 20 or more yards in his career, which began in 2007. No other player has any in that span.

• Johnson had a pair of receptions end at the Dallas 1, including the one that set up Stafford’s winning touchdown run. Johnson has had seven receptions end at the opponent's 1 since the start of last season. No other player entered Sunday with more than four such catches in the past two seasons.

• Johnson's efforts resulted in the Cowboys blowing another double-digit fourth-quarter lead. They’ve lost four games in which they led by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter in the past three seasons. That is the most such losses in the NFL in that span.