The Lions became the last team in the NFL to win a game when they beat the Bears in Week Six and they did it with a lot of help from wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Johnson caught six passes for 166 yards and caught a six-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play to put the Lions up 34-31. The Bears would rally for a game-tying field goal, but Johnson’s 57-yard catch in overtime set the Lions up for Matt Prater’s game-winning kick.
As a result of his exploits, Johnson has been named the NFC’s offensive player of the week. It’s the fourth time that Johnson has been so honored, leaving him behind only Barry Sanders for most among Lions players.
Johnson’s performance was his best of a 2015 season that saw him average less than 10 yards per catch between the second and fourth weeks of the season. Getting more games like it would be a significant boost to the Lions’ chances of adding to their win total in the weeks to come.