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Megatron moves ahead of Jerry Rice’s single-season record pace

Calvin Johnson, Cassius Vaughn AP

In a season when he supposedly had to deal with the Madden Curse, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is on pace to break the NFL’s all-time record for receiving yards in a season.

The current record is owned by Jerry Rice, who gained 1,848 receiving yards in 1995. Johnson entered today’s game against the Colts on pace for 1,828 yards in 2012, but with a sensational effort today, Johnson is now on pace to eclipse Rice’s mark.

The catch that put Johnson ahead of Rice’s pace through 12 games was a sensational 46-yard touchdown grab on which he dove for the ball, caught it as he went to the ground and the 1-yard line, and then rolled into the end zone. Through three quarters, Johnson has 12 catches for 163 yards.

Detroit won’t be returning to the playoffs this season, but Johnson is having one of the best seasons that any NFL wide receiver has ever had.

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16 Responses to “Megatron moves ahead of Jerry Rice’s single-season record pace”
  1. eaglesw00t says: Dec 2, 2012 3:40 PM

    Just like Barry sanders, all world talent wasted in that hole of Detroit. I feel bad for him

  2. jamezz23 says: Dec 2, 2012 3:43 PM

    Love that dude

  3. jimmylions says: Dec 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    Seems like just a few weeks ago when the headline was that Calvin and Matt Stafford were having “off” years! Ha!

    That 46 yard shot Megatron caught for a touchdown should silence the folks who say anyone can do what Stafford does.

  4. danetow says: Dec 2, 2012 3:47 PM

    Dude is sick. No doubt, the best in the game.

  5. tigers182 says: Dec 2, 2012 3:48 PM

    Stupid Madden curse . . .

  6. broadstbully says: Dec 2, 2012 3:50 PM

    I wonder what his numbers would look like if he hadn’t been on the cover of Madden?

  7. truthofthefootballbusiness says: Dec 2, 2012 3:52 PM

    Way to go Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, I hope you get 200 yards every game, just no touchdowns in da Bears game. Best receiver in the league. Go Bears.

  8. soweveill says: Dec 2, 2012 3:53 PM

    All hail Megatron

  9. staffordsyear says: Dec 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    Curses dont affect machines.

  10. renofnriggs says: Dec 2, 2012 3:56 PM

    Megatron is a beast. But Rice will always be the best.

  11. arrogantnation says: Dec 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    So much for the Madden curse…

  12. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 2, 2012 4:03 PM

    As a fan of the NFL, it is fun watching Johnson. Too bad Rice had the supporting cast and championships while unless he leaves town, Johnson won’t.

  13. bigpantherfan says: Dec 2, 2012 4:04 PM

    The curse struck Ray Lewis who got a bigger role in the opening sequence of madden 13 and he tore his triceps…

  14. nflfollower says: Dec 2, 2012 4:32 PM

    Titus young benched for being an idiot, Nate Burleson broken leg, Broyles with another knee injury. His supporting cast in the wr corps isn’t doing him any favors…. nobody else to even hardly think about besides Megatron at this point.

  15. hatesycophants says: Dec 2, 2012 5:09 PM

    Coach Gunny has to be fired tonight. Go to his house late tonight, antagonize his dog, wake up his wife and fire his ass!

  16. majbobby says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    Just like said above. Two players flirted with the Madden Curse and Ray Lewis suffered torn triceps which possibly could make him call it a career.

    Same thing happened when two players on the cover Troy got hit with the curse.

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