It was only a matter of time.
With single-season passing records falling and falling again on what seems to be an annual basis, it was impossible to imagine Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yardage mark of 1,848 holding up during an era in which passing has become more prevalent than ever before. After all, people are catching all of those throws, right?
And now it looks like Rice's record is finally in serious jeopardy of falling, with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson only 420 yards short with four games remaining in 2012.
Johnson, who fell 167 yards short of the record last year, would merely have to average 105.3 yards per game between now and the end of the season to break Rice's 17-year-old record. He hasn't had fewer than 129 in a single game since Week 7 and is averaging 158 per outing during that stretch. And even if he comes back to earth a little during the final quarter of the season, his full year average of 119 would still easily get the job done.