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Calvin Johnson has first 300-yard receiving day since 1989

Stafford AP

if there was any doubt about whether Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson are on the same level, there should be none now.

They’re not.

Johnson confirmed he’s the best receiver in the NFL by coming within seven yards of the single-game receiving record.  With 329 yards on 14 catches, Johnson provided the biggest single-game performance since former Rams receiver Flipper Anderson on November 26, 1989.

Anderson set the record with 336.  Johnson finished second, besting Stephone Paige’s 309-yard game from 1985.

Meanwhile, Bryant had nearly as many tantrums as catches.  While he had two touchdowns on three receptions, cameras showed Bryant on at least two occasions lashing out against teammates and coaches.  Late in the game, inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware had to intervene as Dez Bryant was jawing with tight end Jason Witten.

Johnson now has 829 yards in seven games this year, which puts him behind the pace necessary to match his single-season mark of 1,964 set last year.

For his career, Johnson now has 8,657 receiving yards — which still puts him very far behind Jerry Rice, who retired with 22,895.

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72 Responses to “Calvin Johnson has first 300-yard receiving day since 1989”
  1. Marv says: Oct 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    Behind the pace… with him beeing inactive for one game.

  2. conner87 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    Jason Hatcher was right, Calvin should be worried about Brandon Carr. Calvin embarrassed the poor guy.

  3. backdapack4evr says: Oct 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    How bout them cowboys!!!
    That was awesome!!

  4. coot says: Oct 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    Timing is everything Des.

  5. gloryfromheaven says: Oct 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    He’s been playing since 1989?

  6. jhein23 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    How can anyone be a fan of or want to buy the jersey of Dez Bryant after seeing the way he acted today. The Chris Brown of the NFL.

  7. navis97 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    well, dez is still better………LMAO!!!!!!

  8. hallcyon says: Oct 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Calvin Johnson, Future Hall of Famer.

  9. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Lane Kiffin wanted this guy over Russell boy was he stupid!!

  10. krenshaws says: Oct 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    Nothing makes me happier than the Cowboys choking away game after game, year after year.

  11. bender4700 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    Dez Bryant = MegaDiva

    So hilarious. Dallas Meltdown. Billick talked about the game as if Dallas had already won.

    Foot in mouth for both him and Stockton.

  12. jamezz23 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    Calvin may never reach rices record but we all know he’s worthy of it. Longevity is something no one can predict and rice played a longggg time. Megatron will be a hall of famer and go down as one of the all time greats

  13. fanfrommontreal says: Oct 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    One word: Wow…

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    Well…. Bush had over 100 yards in a win… but… Calvin….. DAMN!!!

    I guess Jerry was right… and… everyone that said he was crazy.

  15. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    Calvin is the man!! Cant stop him.

  16. queeflatifah says: Oct 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    He only had this monster game because the dude I played against in my fantasy league had him on his team…..next week, I’m playing against a guy that has Arian foster, so expect foster to rush for about 250 yds and 4 tds

  17. mroklahoma says: Oct 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    54 pts in my PPR fantasy league from Mr. Megatron! Thank you!!!!

    Sad thing is, I still may lose lol

  18. 7mantel says: Oct 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    Bryant is a cancer ! Another OT !

  19. emoney826 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    Dez is an as5hole. They were winning the game, yet he’s pissed off that he’s not getting the ball. He’s literally T.O. Jr.

  20. ddaveyy says: Oct 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    To be fair, the Cowboys should being playing Madden like the Lions do with Johson. I know they’re not at the same level, but Romo should be throwing the Bryant alot more than he does.

    Dave

  21. fatsolio says: Oct 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hopefully Mega can have a few more monster games and make up for the missed game he had.

    I like the mention of Dez getting upset. So let me see…Brady can yell at teammates on and off the field and it is OK but Dez or ANY OTHER PLAYER does it and it’s being a bad teammate. Gotcha.

    Are there really people out there who still can’t see what a pass Teflon Tom gets with the media? He can do NO WRONG in their eyes and there is a double standard. I already saw ESPN imply he won the game today rather than the defense and Pats run game winning it.

    So pathetic.

  22. sosuhme says: Oct 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    Bryant was exposed as “not quite ready for Calvin status.”. His little tantrums were embarrassing.

  23. sickliq says: Oct 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    Was he having a tantrum each time? Looked like there was some trying to get the team fired up in some of it.

    That said, what a game! Props to the Boys. I couldn’t sit down the entire fourth quarter. Going to have Lions withdrawls next week!

  24. goldrush36 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Sounds like ol Jerry shoulda been more concerned with tron than Bush lol oops

  25. so1ar says: Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    the only thing more disruptive for an NFL defense than Calvin Johnson is Roger Gooddell

  26. godofwine330 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Dez Bryant is no Megatron. Not even close. A good receiver but far from great physically or mentally. He could be, but he can’t put it together.

  27. thegonz13 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    Right Dez, whatever Megatron can do, you can do!

    Bonehead…

  28. dlbpatsfan says: Oct 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    It’s official! I had my suspicions but now it has been confirmed, Calvin Johnson is JESUS!

  29. paulsmith107 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:56 PM

    Lol on all the dez nonsense. Romo from the start played timid the play calling sucked. Then to have the lead you go for the kill you don’t pack it in. I have watched dez since day one he can care less about targets he cares about winning and that was pathetic qb play and play calling in the end and he was hot rightfully so. Calvin doesn’t get hot like that because he can care less about wining all he cares about is stats

  30. goldrush36 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    Dallas now 1-9 when Dez has multiple TD’s in a game lol

  31. fnf417 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    Well all that talk about dez being better than Calvin that I seen on some of these posts will most definatly quite them people after Calvin showing everyone what’s up but good catch by dez in the end zone in the first half

  32. monkeyjuice313 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:58 PM

    Dick Stockton is still celebrating a Cowboy victory!

  33. goldrush36 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:58 PM

    so1ar says: Oct 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    the only thing more disruptive for an NFL defense than Calvin Johnson is Roger Gooddell
    _____________________________________
    Most factual comment of the year lol.

  34. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    Bryant had a good game. That 50 yard TD with the pivot was pretty cool. His maturity issues are common in the NFL, way too much selfishness. It’s something he absolutely positively needs to correct, but it doesn’t make him public enemy #1.

    It was pretty cool to see CJ just toss the ball to the ref (ala Barry Sanders) after he scored. Like Coach Madden always said, “Act like you’ve been there before!”

  35. 7mantel says: Oct 27, 2013 5:01 PM

    Dez Bryant fights with everyone ! Another TO

  36. so1ar says: Oct 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    sick and humble. take note college players

  37. threefeetaway says: Oct 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    Calvin’s success is because his alter ego Johnson is handling all his business. Didn’t see the commercial?

  38. beedubyatoo says: Oct 27, 2013 5:08 PM

    The pre-game analysis in the local Michigan papers pointed out that the Cowboys may be the only team with worse db’s than the Lions. I didn’t believe it until I watched the game.

    I can believe having CJ beat you, but Kris Durham with a 40 yard catch and only about 35 seconds left? ‘boys at least won that contest.

  39. spthegr8 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:08 PM

    Megatron is a real Life Video Game & it’s not fair because, he’s got the difficulty level set on Rookie. It’s just TOO EASY for him!! Still Smh!! WOW!!!!

  40. logic4sale says: Oct 27, 2013 5:10 PM

    Dez is young and wants to win. God forbid you have passion and drive. You’re right, he should be quiet and tame because he makes millions. Dez sees the talent and is wondering WTF?! 4 turnovers by the Defense and we still lose?! Meanwhile you got Witten and Ware both telling him to cage his emotions… maybe they should show some themselves.

  41. broadstbully says: Oct 27, 2013 5:12 PM

    Paulsmith107,

    I was with you up until that last sentence.

  42. questionableprovenance says: Oct 27, 2013 5:12 PM

    Flipper Anderson set his record in an overtime game – including a 26yd reception in overtime. CJ has the regulation record nailed.

  43. gromgrimfist says: Oct 27, 2013 5:13 PM

    wow paul really you are an idiot dez was screaming on the sidelines and he is not Calvin’s equal lol Calvin does care about more then just stats if all he cared about was stats he would be yelling about the number of catches he has been getting like Dez does

  44. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    Congrats to Johnson from this Packer fan. And you can’t help but route for a class act like him. Mr. Bryant your no Megatron. Skill or class wise

  45. harrycanyon says: Oct 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    Only place Dez is better is in his own mind. Anyone who has watched the two play, know who’s better.

  46. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 27, 2013 5:21 PM

    Still waiting to hear Jerry Jones say it was a moral victory for the Cowboys.

  47. 700levelvet says: Oct 27, 2013 5:32 PM

    This is what happens when you have an elite player going against the most mediocre franchise in sports…

  48. ezwriter69 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    623 yards to 258 yards. Calvin outgained the Cowboys by 70 yards by himself. Even with a 4-0 turnover margin, Boys lose, when’s the last time you saw a team with a 4-0 turnover edge still lose? NFC Least is just embarrassingly bad.

  49. onebucplace says: Oct 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    When Randy Moss used to eat up the Tampa 2 the way the Bucs dealt with it was to have John Lynch go out and knock his head off. With that said Moss still seemingly always had huge games against the Bucs but they’d force enough turnovers to make it not matter. The Cwords just seem off, they’re not getting the pass rush you need and the players always seem to be just a little bit out of position. The Tampa 2 is a simple defense, but it has to be played exactly as it’s coached, they’re not doing that.

    With that said I’ve always considered Moss in his prime to be the best WR I’ve ever seen since he was the only guy that would eat up that Tampa 2. In this new day and age of not being able to play defense its hard to know if Johnson is better, but certainly I’d place him right there.

  50. rajbais says: Oct 27, 2013 5:42 PM

    Now I know why Hall of Fame voters (aka frauds) are afraid to use stats for wide receivers.

    They forgot who Flipper Anderson was.

    Go ahead use stats to define playing greatness.

    It’s not as if rule changes didn’t take place during the Steel Curtain years.

  51. silverdeer says: Oct 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    Nobody said it on this thread either…

    ALL HAIL MEGATRON!

  52. thegonz13 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:00 PM

    If Calvin Johnson is Megatron, Dez Bryant isn’t even Sam Witwicky!

  53. jblokhed says: Oct 27, 2013 6:03 PM

    “Dez is … Well he’s Dez.”

    – any Cowboy fan

  54. strasburgvacowboy says: Oct 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    For those here who says Dez cares so much about winning??? Dez made comments that could be taken as discrediting toward the NFL’s best receiver before the game. So the NFL’s best receiver then comes out and blows up the defense. Folks if Dez cares so much about winning…he needs to watch his mouth! If anything can be construed as negative toward the upcoming opponent, for Gods sake don’t say it. We are not that good.

  55. juliojohnsonthe3rd says: Oct 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    Too bad Johnson plays for DetRIOT!!

    What a waste of talent….

  56. ydousuk says: Oct 27, 2013 6:13 PM

    fatsolio says:Oct 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hopefully Mega can have a few more monster games and make up for the missed game he had.

    I like the mention of Dez getting upset. So let me see…Brady can yell at teammates on and off the field and it is OK but Dez or ANY OTHER PLAYER does it and it’s being a bad teammate. Gotcha.

    Are there really people out there who still can’t see what a pass Teflon Tom gets with the media? He can do NO WRONG in their eyes and there is a double standard. I already saw ESPN imply he won the game today rather than the defense and Pats run game winning it.

    So pathetic
    ———————————————————-
    Um.fatso, did you notice that the article has nothing to do with Brady? You mad bro?

  57. vegasgreek says: Oct 27, 2013 6:20 PM

    I wrote to AL Davis and told him to draft Calvin Johnson over JaMarcus Russell. Raidrs could had Megatron Jay Cutler and LT Eugene Monroe to re build the team.

  58. ocdn says: Oct 27, 2013 6:24 PM

    Thank you Calvin, thank you.

  59. isphet71 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:28 PM

    I wonder if Calvin cracks Chris Carter’s top 5 after this week…

  60. bootguy says: Oct 27, 2013 6:33 PM

    What were yoiu saying about Megatron , Jerry ???

  61. kindasporty says: Oct 27, 2013 6:34 PM

    Calvin has played in 6 games so far. 829 / 6 = 138.16666… If he doesn’t miss another game, he will have played in 15 games. 15 * 138.1666 = 2072.5. I’d say that puts him ahead of last year’s pace. I guess it all depends on how you look at it.

  62. linemanguy74 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:52 PM

    Dez=joke Jerry what do you think of Johnson now after all it was Bush we had to stop

  63. monkeyhateclean says: Oct 27, 2013 7:00 PM

    Funny how when a QB melts down on the sidelines (a la Tom Brady) he’s just a fiery competitor, but when a WR does it, he’s a diva.

    But not “haha” funny.

  64. earpaniac says: Oct 27, 2013 7:17 PM

    I can’t stand Bryant, but I don’t think his comments were a slight to Megatron. In fact, that’s what you want your WR to say and believe.

  65. earpaniac says: Oct 27, 2013 7:23 PM

    Calvin Johnson is without a doubt the best WR in the NFL today, and probably the last decade. However, Jerry Rice would average 250 TDs a game in today’s NFL.

  66. ddaveyy says: Oct 27, 2013 7:48 PM

    623 yards to 258 yards. Calvin outgained the Cowboys by 70 yards by himself. Even with a 4-0 turnover margin, Boys lose, when’s the last time you saw a team with a 4-0 turnover edge still lose?

    Arizona lost last year I believe….

    Dave

  67. buyamericanonly says: Oct 27, 2013 9:18 PM

    Feel good Dallas Fans, at least it wasn’t Romo choking yet again this time. I would rather have Suh than Bryant any day of the week. What a Diva!

  68. larryboodry says: Oct 27, 2013 11:09 PM

    “Calvin Johnson has first 300-yard receiving day since 1989.”

    Dude’s been around a long time.

  69. jayesix says: Oct 27, 2013 11:10 PM

    Prior to SNF and MNF Megatron has:
    1) More receiving yards than at 21 teams
    2) More yards than 15 total offenses

    But he was tackled inside the 5-yard line 4 times. “Calvin” needs to work on that.

  70. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 27, 2013 11:42 PM

    I am a Cowboy fan but I totally appreciate what Johnson did and in reality it is hard to argue who is the best. But let’s be real Jerry Rice is not in this story and that should tell you a lot about numbers in and of themselves.
    I guess if I had to choose between the two, it would Johnson and that is a no-brainer.

  71. blackhawks2010 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:04 AM

    Dominating performance by Megatron, downright awesome. From a Bears fan, got to give him props.

  72. ray0414 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 AM

    Dez Bryant would make a great number 2 reciever here in detroit… lol

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