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NFL 2014: Calvin Johnson: Megatron Makes History
Last season, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Since the start of 2011, Johnson has 5,137 yards -- including an NFL single-season record 1,964 in 2012 -- and is the only player in league history to record at least 5,000 receiving yards in a three-season span.
"Without a doubt, he's the best receiver in the league right now," says Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice about Johnson. "He's a complete player."
Most Receiving Yards, Three-Year Span, NFL History:
|Player||Team||Seasons||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Total|
In Week 8 against Dallas (October 27, 2013), Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. His 329 receiving yards are the second-most in an NFL game (Flipper Anderson, 336 yards) and the most ever in a non-overtime contest.
Most Receiving Yards, Single NFL Game:
|Flipper Anderson||Rams||Saints||Nov. 26, 1989||336|
|Calvin Johnson||Lions||Cowboys||Oct. 27, 2013||329|
|Stephone Paige||Chiefs||Chargers||Dec. 22, 1985||309|
|Jim Benton||Browns||Lions||Nov. 22, 1945||303|
|Cloyce Box||Lions||Colts||Dec. 3, 1950||302|
"I can't say enough about Calvin," says Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. "The guy is unreal. I love having him as a teammate. I love throwing the ball to him. He just sets a great standard for all the guys on our team and everybody in this league."
Johnson has five career 200-yard receiving games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history.
Most 200-Yard Receiving Games, Career:
|Source: NFL *Active|
|Lance Alworth||San Diego, Dallas||1962-72||5|
|Don Hutson||Green Bay||1935-45||4|
|Jerry Rice||49ers, Oakland, Seattle||1985-2004||4|
"The combination of his size and his speed and explosiveness, I don't think there's anybody like that in this league," says Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. "He can just go get the football."
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