Adrian Peterson‘s pursuit of Eric Dickerson‘s single-season rushing record seemed to be all the rage as this NFL season slowly wound down. The chase was so captivating that it even overshadowed some other notable quests. Not anymore, though.
Calvin Johnson stole the attention from Peterson on Saturday night as a season full of hardship, defeat and a whole boatload of receptions saw a 17-year-old NFL record fall.
Johnson caught 11 passes for 225 yards on Saturday, finally breaking Jerry Rice‘s single-season receiving record of 1,848 yards. The record-breaking performance came in the Lions’ ninth straight loss, which made for a bittersweet moment. But even while his team disappoints, Johnson continues to exceed expectations.
After Johnson’s 96 catches, 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns helped guide Detroit to a playoff berth in 2011, hopes were high for an emerging Lions team this season. The Lions have not come through on their part of the deal, though, going just 4-11. But Johnson has c...