Big Play Excitement in the NFL

Everyone in the stadium, from the field to the stands, feels the fans' roar as they celebrate a big play with their team.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson provided their coaches, teammates and fans many chances to cheer in 2012 as they registered the most 20-yard receptions and 20-yard carries, respectively. Last year, Johnson recorded 40 receptions of 20 yards or more while Peterson posted 27 rushes of at least 20 yards.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz complimented his wide receiver as Johnson set NFL records with 1,964 receiving yards and eight consecutive 100-yard games.

"He's the greatest player I've ever seen and, like I said, I've seen a bunch of them," says Schwartz. "To see somebody do what he's done when every game plan is designed to stop him, it says a lot about Calvin."

The top five "big play" rushers and receivers in 2012:

Most 20+Yard Receptions

Player, Team 20+ Yard Receptions Long Rec Yards TDs
Source: NFL
Calvin Johnson, Lions40531221,9645
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos2971T941,43410
Vincent Jackson, Bucs2495721,3848
Andre Johnson, Texans2360T1121,5984
Reggie Wayne, Colts22331061,3555


Most 20+Yard Rushes

Player, Team 20+ Yard Rushes Long Att Yards TDs
Source: NFL
Adrian Peterson, Vikings2782t3482,09712
C.J. Spiller, Bills12622071,2446
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs1191t2851,5095
Doug Martin, Bucs1170t3191,45411
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