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Jerry Rice’s single-season record falls to Calvin Johnson

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When NFL Network polled a panel of football experts two years ago to name the Top 100 players in NFL history, Jerry Rice came in first. So when a player breaks a record owned by Jerry Rice, that player has done something special.

On Saturday night, Calvin Johnson did something special.

Johnson broke Rice’s all-time single-season receiving yardage record, a record that Rice set in 1995, when he gained 1,848 yards. Johnson entered Saturday night’s game with 1,667 yards on the season, and in the fourth quarter against the Falcons, Johnson broke Rice’s record. Saturday night’s game has been a masterful performance from Johnson, who topped 100 yards before halftime and also broke the NFL record for consecutive games with at least 100 yards.

Amazingly, not only did Johnson reach a yardage total that no NFL player has ever totaled, but he did it in just the 15th game of the season. Next week, Johnson can turn his attention to a new goal: Becoming the first NFL receiver to gain 2,000 yards.

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  1. raiderspride says: Dec 22, 2012 11:18 PM

    Cool.. PFT posts this 3 seconds after the record is broken. Talk about up to date reporting.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Dec 22, 2012 11:18 PM

    Wow…

  3. ihaterogergoodell says: Dec 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    Congrats to Johnson. He should be able to tack on an extra hundred yards or so as well.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    My respects to Calvin Johnson. He’s the greatest WR to ever play the game of Football. Calvin, Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon are the top 3 WRs in professional Football today.

  5. coldplay519 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:20 PM

    The reason this is so impressive: you have ONE guy to stop when you play the Lions and that guy is Megatron. Don’t tell me how bad the Lions are; tell me how good Calvin is.

  6. chrisknowsdbr says: Dec 22, 2012 11:20 PM

    What a beast. Hey Calvin, you can break all the receiving records if you go to New England or Green Bay

  7. ohiobears says: Dec 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Just a shame Peanut will keep him from 2000 come next week…

  8. csilojohnson says: Dec 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Good for Calvin. Bad for game. There is no comparison to what Rice achieved. Not in todays NFL. Non story.

  9. atlho says: Dec 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Congrats to Calvin Johnson. Very exciting to see him set the bar so high. And still 1 game to go

  10. pickney1 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Congratulations to Calvin Johnson, could not happen to a better person. Nice of him to give the football to his father

  11. phreakin says: Dec 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    And based on what we know about Megatron, he doesnt care about the record with the year the Lions have had. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’d trade the record for a playoff chance.

    Already a great NFL player but an even better person.

  12. bangithard says: Dec 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    congrats to a class act in the NFL

    so much for the madden curse

    Lions still lose.. why does Stafford throw so many sidearm passes?

  13. lilpuppy says: Dec 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    congrats Calvin you’ve been the only bright spot for us during this dismal season….actually the only bright spot we’ve had almost every season since you joined our sad sack org.

  14. newkirk850 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    2k? No brainer now. Too bad the Lions suck this year.

  15. dkrauss93 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:23 PM

    congrats to Calvin Johnson. Scary part is, I think he’s only going to get better.

  16. c4patsfan says: Dec 22, 2012 11:23 PM

    Calvin Johnson that is all

  17. Cereal says: Dec 22, 2012 11:23 PM

    Remember when the Lions were good ?

  18. ronin262 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:24 PM

    Congratulations to Megatron. God, I hope his talent is not wasted like the talent of Barry Sanders. Detroit needs a running game and a revamped secondary, and then they can make some noise in the playoffs. Not sure Jim Schwartz is the answer at coach, Detroit seems pretty inept in the discipline department with penalties and off the field incidents. Strong work, Calvin.

  19. jelliot1978 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:24 PM

    Congrats to Johnson as he deserves it. I was watching just to see him do it and had to laugh at how much respect teams show him in the red zone, always shadowed by at least two players. I hope he gets to 2000 next week.

  20. edenprairieballer says: Dec 22, 2012 11:24 PM

    Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson are the two best players in the NFL.

  21. titosanoxy says: Dec 22, 2012 11:25 PM

    What a badass. Too bad the Lions are struggling this season. Now CJ can’t completely enjoy this feat.

  22. waxthat says: Dec 22, 2012 11:26 PM

    ….and then he drops the next catch for a big play, possible td. Jerry is and will always be the best. Never dropped balls in the 4th Q.

    Calvin is great and the most athletic and physically gifted to ever play the game, but no Jerry Rice

  23. ubpinaz says: Dec 22, 2012 11:27 PM

    Pierre freaking Garcon…. in the same conversation as Fitz and Megatron…. Obvious troll is obvious.

  24. dolphins4 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:27 PM

    It’s a shame he has to play for a lousy team like the motor city kitties.

  25. dfalcon3522 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:30 PM

    Congrats Calvin.

  26. iamthorny says: Dec 22, 2012 11:33 PM

    I respect Calvin Johnson, but a lot of what he accomplishes is due to his measurables. Jerry Rice didn’t have anywhere near the measurables of Megatron and is the vastly superior WR.

    Would love to see Mega’s numbers if he was only 6″2 and ran 4.71.

  27. ronniemack323 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:34 PM

    Great record for Calvin Johnson! Such a humble and hard working superstar…he never takes plays off, and he wants to be great. Some might say its meaningless because Detroit is terrible, or it’s tainted because he didn’t score a lot of touchdowns or the fact that Stafford throws more than anybody in the league, but there are a couple of things to consider. The Lions receiving core has been decimated by injury this season, plus the whole Titus Young discipline debacle. Secondly, the running game has been abysmal, so defenses play most two deep safety, allowing for double and bracketed coverage the entire game. Lastly, Megatron has been stopped at the 1 yard line SIX TIMES this season. He could have 11 td’s (which may have equated to more wins). With all that said, it’s a great accomplishment for Calvin Johnson, and I hope my laughable Lions get the right supporting cast around him and turn this franchise around for good!

  28. truthfactory says: Dec 22, 2012 11:37 PM

    Shouldn’t everyone who supports AP for MVP also support Megatron for MVP too?? Each are dominating at their positions… Megatron broke his record with 1 entire game still left to go

  29. thegregwitul says: Dec 22, 2012 11:37 PM

    The Madden Curse works in mysterious ways. Megatron is just killing it right now, has been for most of the season. The Lions, however, will be resting at home in a couple weeks, one of the most hyped teams comin into this season might end up finishing last in their division. That’s the Madden Curse. Calvin Johnson is just too damn good for the curse to hurt him directly, but it sure did a number on the rest of the team.

    Well, that and inconsitent play from the quarterback, a disappointing defense and a lack of a true running game. Let us not chalk it all up to the Madden Curse, that would just be silly.

  30. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 22, 2012 11:38 PM

    With the way the league is today, being so pass happy, this record means nothing.

    I have a lot more respect for Jerry Rice because he did it on the way to winning 3 Superbowls as opposed to stat piling during a meaningless losing season.
    The Lions suck.

  31. 8man says: Dec 22, 2012 11:38 PM

    Megatron!

    Go Lions, go! Best unis in football!

    Long live Wayne Fontes!

  32. daknight93 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:39 PM

    Amazing! congrats to Megatron

  33. evilbilly3 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:42 PM

    Congrats MEGARTON!!!

  34. revischrist16 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:43 PM

    Congrats Calvin Johnson. Although the NFL is more pass heavy than back in Jerry Rice’s day, still deserves his props for constantly being double and triple teamed and still amassing the yards.

  35. realskipbayless says: Dec 22, 2012 11:44 PM

    I hope the guy that picked Pierre garcon for his top3 wr today is joking.I can name a couple guys better than him. Aj green, Andre Johnson, Marcus colston, Roddy White Julio Jones and the list goes on…. Congrats to Megatron

  36. themackstrong says: Dec 22, 2012 11:45 PM

    Jerry Rice said it in the interviews with the way Johnson works there isn’t anyone more deserving to break his record. Both first class WR, Calvin Johnson will only get better. That’s a scary thought.

  37. jtmartinez34 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:46 PM

    He is a beast, but Gruden was absolutely correct in saying too many meaningless yards. A lot of give me yardage in exchange for time off the clock. Same with Stafford’s numbers.

  38. houseofspears90 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:47 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Dec 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    My respects to Calvin Johnson. He’s the greatest WR to ever play the game of Football. Calvin, Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon are the top 3 WRs in professional Football today.
    **********************************************

    Garcon has 34 catches for 495 yards this year…wonder what team you root for?

  39. WatchThis says: Dec 22, 2012 11:48 PM

    CJ’s a class act for sure on and off the field. CONGRATS! They only had to stop him, and they could not. Story of the season…and last season.

  40. ripster65 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:48 PM

    Gruden brought up a good point: Lions are usually so far behind and have had little to no running game so they’re forced to throw the ball. In Rice’s time, the 49ers were very rarely playing catch-up thus not having to throw the ball nearly as much. Not to mention, they had Roger Craig who was the first RB to have 1,000 rushing AND recvg in a season. 49ers were loaded and had lots of other options besides Rice, Rice was just that good. CJ’s pretty much been Detroits’ only option since he’s been there.

    That being said, it took until now for anyone to break that record so my hats off to CJ. Class player! (wish I could end that sentence with ” for a class organization”…but not gonna happen)

  41. greenngold says: Dec 22, 2012 11:48 PM

    Best ever? Maybe – impossible to say. What is possible to say is that the best three players in the NFL reside in the NFC north. Megatron, Peterson and Rogers – not necessarily in that order…

  42. realskipbayless says: Dec 22, 2012 11:53 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Dec 22, 2012 11:37 PM
    Shouldn’t everyone who supports AP for MVP also support Megatron for MVP too?? Each are dominating at their positions… Megatron broke his record with 1 entire game still left to go

    Not exactly. Factor in that AP is a RB and he’s comming off of a huge injury. Not to take anything away from Megatron but its a pass happy league nowadays and AP is tearing it up on the ground. And usually there’s only one mvp so how can we support both? AP deserves MVP.

  43. freemantowilliams says: Dec 22, 2012 11:53 PM

    You guys remember in the movie Roger rabbit when the bad guy is melting in the acid and making that god awful screaming noise? Well that’s how I’m picturing the madden curse right now.

  44. indyspeedo says: Dec 22, 2012 11:55 PM

    Congrats for breaking the record but he will never be the class act that Jerry Rice is. Rice would have said it was a record achieved be cause of others. Megaton says it was a well deserved record. Oh and BTW Rice didn’t drop the big ones. They were all big to him.

  45. trefkennedy says: Dec 22, 2012 11:57 PM

    Yup love megatron and he’s gonna be the 1st to accomplish 2000 yards

  46. monkeyhateclean says: Dec 22, 2012 11:58 PM

    coldplay519 says: Dec 22, 2012 11:20 PM

    The reason this is so impressive: you have ONE guy to stop when you play the Lions and that guy is Megatron. Don’t tell me how bad the Lions are; tell me how good Calvin is.

    ______________________

    All the above applies to Adrian Peterson, except Calvin Johnson isn’t coming off an injury that often ends a player’s career.

    Also, its way easier to stop a running play than a passing play. The Vikes doen’t scare anyone with their passing game, so AP routinely sees 8-9 men in the box. At most, CJ draws double coverage.

    Anyone who thinks CJ should be considered for MVP honors ahead of AP is sadly deluded, or lives in Detroit. Either way, they are to be pitied.

  47. dalucks says: Dec 23, 2012 12:00 AM

    Great accomplishment for a guy on a 4 win team.
    In a pass happy league, being able to run the football and play good, solid defense still equals wins. Just remember, pass happy does not equal wins.
    Good job Megatron, you are a top 5 player at your position but unfortunately no one else on your team is at their position. Things will get better for you.

  48. jessethegreat says: Dec 23, 2012 12:03 AM

    Megatron is a great player, but he is not and never will be in GOAT’s territory. Jerry was not only the leading statistical receiver but he never dropped anything in his vacuity. Ask any qb to ever play the game who they’d want on the receiving end of a make or break play… I guarantee 99% of them say GOAT. Jerry wasn’t flashy. He was just consistently THE BEST EVER.

  49. Ponsonby_Britt says: Dec 23, 2012 12:05 AM

    “I’ll go out on a limb and say he’d trade the record for a playoff chance”…

    He may have sealed his fate with his long contract.

    But still, quite an accomplishment, and 2k next week would be great!

  50. mashoaf says: Dec 23, 2012 12:09 AM

    Didn’t Cris Carter say that Megatron was not even a top 5 receiver a few years back. Foot in his mouth.

  51. ningenito78 says: Dec 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    @logicalvoices- No CJ is not the greatest WR ever. If today’s rules were in place in ’95 Rice may have went for 2500.

  52. steviaquinn says: Dec 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    roddy had a better game

  53. steviaquinn says: Dec 23, 2012 12:11 AM

    Yardage means nothing when you cant get in the endzone

  54. lilpuppy says: Dec 23, 2012 12:15 AM

    bangithard says:Dec 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    congrats to a class act in the NFL

    so much for the madden curse

    Lions still lose.. why does Stafford throw so many sidearm passes?
    ==================================
    alot of times you’ll see the defensive lineman jumping up and he tries to go under them ….but yeah he does when he doesn’t have too..I’m wondering about his shoulder injuries

  55. ubpinaz says: Dec 23, 2012 12:18 AM

    truthfactory says:
    Dec 22, 2012 11:37 PM
    Shouldn’t everyone who supports AP for MVP also support Megatron for MVP too?? Each are dominating at their positions… Megatron broke his record with 1 entire game still left to go

    ====================

    If the Lions were fighting for a playoff spot, sure. The Vikings are the 6th seed right now and, while it’s probable they don’t make the playoffs with games against Houston and Green Bay still to go, it’s still impressive that he’s gotten them even close to contention this year.

  56. montrealraider says: Dec 23, 2012 12:22 AM

    Its a shame it had to be in a losing effort. If not for that bad decision by Stafford the game could have came down to the wire. I hope he gets 2000 yards on the year but that matchup with the Bears secondary and Peanut Tillman should be fun to watch again. Last time around I thought it was an absolutely brillant display of defense and defensive back play by Tillman, a real clinic.

    Something funny is if Calvin Johnson gets to that number there will be 2 players we could call CJ2K in the NFL!!

  57. badintent says: Dec 23, 2012 12:37 AM

    @ronin262
    Barry could play today and play better than the present RB for Lioins, …….hummmmmmmmmmm, Next year comeback ?

  58. nyjetsfan08 says: Dec 23, 2012 12:38 AM

    AP and Megatron are truly amazing. Megatron will be in the HOF and AP is on track. I wouldn’t put him ahead of Jerry Rice; it was a different era. I would say, however, that I would want Megatron on my team, if I’m including best WR in NFL history FOR TODAY’S GAME (that means as great as Don Hudson was in his era, I think his competitiveness would be outweighed by today’s players who are superior athletes). I’ll take Rice, Calvin, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, and Wes Welker.

  59. cpo187 says: Dec 23, 2012 12:44 AM

    When the season is lost, feed the guy to pad stats. Just like Cj2k a couple years back.

    That being said, Megatron is a FREAK. This guy is an amazing talent and I love watching him play…and I am a Vikings fan.

  60. randygnyc says: Dec 23, 2012 12:54 AM

    Gruden called Johnsons’s yardage today the equivalent of “garbage” yards. After thinking about it, he’s got a point. First of all, they were compiled during meaningless games that were all mostly losses. Secondly, the game of football has changed so much to heavily favor offense, qb’s and receivers, so much, that its no longer the same game game that Jerry Rice played.

    The real contrast of greatness can be found in what AP in Minnesota is trying to accomplish. A great throwback talent in a league that concentrates on passing shows that he is currently the best player in the league. He doesn’t benefit from new tangled rules designed to add to his success like qb’s and receivers.

  61. jamaltimore says: Dec 23, 2012 1:29 AM

    Megatron is awesome as was barry sanders. Unfortunately both never really had to make a play in a game that really mattered. Both will go down at the greatest level but it’s a shame we’ll never got to see them excel in playoffs or Super Bowl. I’d say megaton still has a chance but then I see the blue and silver knowing there’s always next year.

  62. truesportseye says: Dec 23, 2012 1:31 AM

    Congrats Calvin i know this congratulations doesnt mean anything to him directly but congrats nonetheless…… Im trying to refrain from saying this but do we need to say more Jerry Rice. If any of u say calvin is better u have no idea what u are talking about period!

  63. ronaldjones says: Dec 23, 2012 1:52 AM

    Calvin Johnson is the best WR in the game today, and he seems like a good guy and a hard worker, so I don’t want to take too much away from him. But this is a sham record.

    Firstly, the rule changes in the mid 2000s made it easier than ever for WR’s to get separation. Second, the Lions are terrible and have no running game. This means they’re always throwing the ball to come back from constant deficits. Next week, Matt Stafford will set the record for most pass attempts in a season. All of these things have artificially inflated Calvin’s numbers this year.

    Again, I don’t want to diminish his work. He’s incredibly talented and is outpacing the rest of the league for a reason. But the reason his receiving yardage numbers are as absurdly high as they are is due to those aforementioned outside circumstances. Jerry Rice remains the Greatest of All-Time, and his record setting 1995 season, at least to me, remains far more impressive.

  64. dfeltz says: Dec 23, 2012 1:57 AM

    I wish I knew how many times Rice was targeted in 95 compared to the 50+ pass attempts the Lions make per game.

  65. ronnieroberts22 says: Dec 23, 2012 1:59 AM

    Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Andre Johnson are todays top receivers in the NFL. (Ya I know there are up and comers) These are not the old diva receivers we have seen in the past. Pure class acts. Happy to see what these guys bring to todays NFL.

  66. egomaniac247 says: Dec 23, 2012 2:01 AM

    Who’s this Calvin Johnson you guys are speaking of?

    Signed,

    Chris Carter

  67. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 23, 2012 2:23 AM

    We could have a new CJ2k. At least this one is a more consistent player.

  68. dabearsk says: Dec 23, 2012 2:28 AM

    It’s amazing to see the progress in receivers and the game over the last 20 years …congrats to Megatron and he seems like a nice guy…pretty cool seeing him give the ball to his dad…

  69. nighttrainwoowoo says: Dec 23, 2012 2:30 AM

    This packers fan says congrats. He’s my favorite player that isn’t wearing green and gold. Scary to think he could be even more dominant on a real team with weapons around him.

  70. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 23, 2012 3:41 AM

    I respect Calvin Johnson, but a lot of what he accomplishes is due to his measurables. Jerry Rice didn’t have anywhere near the measurables of Megatron and is the vastly superior WR.

    Would love to see Mega’s numbers if he was only 6″2 and ran 4.71.
    ———————————————————

    Dude are you really going to diminish what this guy did this year? Alot of players at that position are tall and fast. None come close to this guy. He is consistently double teamed and theres times I saw him catch that ball with 3 guys on him. Jerry Rice will probably tell you this guys the best he has ever seen too. I dont see how Jerry Rice is vastly superior I dont really see a flaw in Johnsons game.

  71. kavika6 says: Dec 23, 2012 4:07 AM

    What a shame. Rice was a legend.

  72. staffordsyear says: Dec 23, 2012 4:29 AM

    Well done calvin..heres to hopin for a better team next year.

    Go lions!

  73. milksteak78 says: Dec 23, 2012 5:10 AM

    Slow clap! Everyone knows who they have to stop on that team, they just can’t do it.

  74. faithful209er says: Dec 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Congratulations Calvin Johnson! What a great accomplishment!

    …but for anyone to call him greater than Jerry Rice, they must have not been alive or not watched football when Jerry Rice dominated.

    Much respect to Calvin Johnson, but as long as he plays for Screech Schwartz with Sidearm Stafford as his QB, he will never eclipse Jerry’s greatest “record”, 3-0 in the Super Bowl.

  75. uwachampion says: Dec 23, 2012 7:24 AM

    I like what Gruden said about it…”Johnson’s record is tarnished by meaningless yards in a losing season.” I agree. When Jeryy Rice did it there wasnt all these rules to protect guys and Rice wasnt afraid to go over the middle. Rice also was scoring and winning SuperBowls

  76. nesuperfan says: Dec 23, 2012 7:27 AM

    He needs 108 yards to get to 2000. He has a very good shot at that.

  77. phillyfanmatt says: Dec 23, 2012 7:44 AM

    He broke one of Jerry’s what 20+ records. Lets not go crowning him the greatest recover of all time just yet like some of you have.

  78. liquidalfa says: Dec 23, 2012 7:51 AM

    I could have done without Chucky crapping all over the occasion ranting about meaningless yards because the Lions played from behind so much this season.

  79. tonyromohaschildbearinghips says: Dec 23, 2012 7:55 AM

    Id rather be golfing today… Oh well at least it’s not gonna be too cold out :)

  80. fanofevilempire says: Dec 23, 2012 8:17 AM

    the Lions lost, would Jerry Rice celebrate?

  81. leafeaterx says: Dec 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    Wow… I hope he breaks 2,000 yards and gets the record for 12 consecutive 100 yard games receiving. This guy has lived up to his billing/talent… Cheers.

  82. schmokes says: Dec 23, 2012 8:30 AM

    Congrats on personal accomplishments. That’s all a lions player can ever hope for.

  83. leafeaterx says: Dec 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 22, 2012 11:19 PM
    My respects to Calvin Johnson. He’s the greatest WR to ever play the game of Football. Calvin, Fitzgerald and Pierre Garçon are the top 3 WRs in professional Football today.

    -–———
    Please stop. You’re making Skins fans look bad (for those who don’t know you’re a troll), regardless of whatever team you root for. Even if Garçon becomes a true #1 WR, he’ll never be a CJ, LF, AJ, AJ Green, …

  84. vysethelegend says: Dec 23, 2012 8:57 AM

    CJ2k

  85. hehateme2 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:02 AM

    But Rice did it as a winner. Something the lions know very little about.

  86. scorpio516 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:08 AM

    “ilovefoolsball says:
    Dec 22, 2012 11:38 PM
    With the way the league is today, being so pass happy, this record means nothing.”

    Everyone says that, but never realizes that, going into this year, 1995 produced the #1, #2, #6, and #13 all time highest total (Jerry, Issac Bruce and Herman Moore, Michael Irving)

    If you consider “this era” to begin in 2009 – when the defenseless receiver rule was added and the Brady Rule was clarified- or in 2006 – when the Brady Rule was put in the books – only 2 of the top 10 best receiving seasons have happened, both by Calvin.
    Andre Johnson’s 2008 and 2009 seasons, and Wes Welkers’s 2011 season all rank between 18 and 20th all time.

    Not a very good argument that today it’s easier to accumulate yards receiving.

  87. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    I enjoyed Gruden’s view on the record–good for Johnson,but so many of the yards came in meaningless games. It’s a shame Johnson plays for a terrible franchise. Making the playoffs last year was a fluke for this awful team. He will make plenty of money and rack up plenty of yards playing with a QB that throws 50 times a game, but if he actually wants to win then he needs to get out of Detroit.

  88. ripster65 says: Dec 23, 2012 9:41 AM

    Anyone thinking CJ’s the best ever clearly never saw Rice play.

  89. bohemyth586 says: Dec 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    Enough about how consistent Jerry Rice was. Sure Calvin is much more physically gifted. So you hold that against him? Fact of the matter is… He catches passes that Jerry would have never had a chance at because he is that dominate. Ask any QB who they would rather have to throw to and if they used their brain they would say Calvin. Calvin has the physical gifts to bail a QB out when they throw a bad pass. Every other player on the Niners offense back then was a weapon. Defenses couldn’t key on Jerry. Don’t get me wrong, as of 2012 Jerry is still the G.O.A.T. But I don’t think this will even be a debate in, say, 2015. Calvin is just starting to hit the prime years of his career. Either way, congrats Megatron! Go get that 2000!

  90. ripster65 says: Dec 23, 2012 10:54 AM

    It’s 1 record.

  91. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    steve young only played 11 games during jerry rices record. elvis grbac played 5 game.

    total pass attempt for the 1995 49ers was 630.

    total pass attempt for the 2012 lions are 698 with 1 game to go.
    lions opponent pass attempt are 513. lol

    calvin johnsons record doesnt even compare to jerry rices.

  92. dannymac17 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    So much for the Madden curse.

  93. scorpio516 says: Dec 23, 2012 12:14 PM

    “redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Dec 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    total pass attempt for the 1995 49ers was 630.

    total pass attempt for the 2012 lions are 698 with 1 game to go.”

    In 95, Jerry caught 122 passes for 15.1 YPC.
    With one game to go, CJ’s caught 117 passes for 15.8 YPC.

  94. chrismgillis says: Dec 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    @ripster65
    obviously you can’t read. did you see the post right before this one? where Johnson breaks the record for most 150+yd games. or tying Michael Irvins 11 straight games with 100yds. or most consecutive games with 10+ catches. and to all the haters saying its a sham of a record because of garbage yards. what’d you want the lions to do, hand it off? or just lay down and give up? Lions rock. CJ2k+

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