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The smile has rarely left Calvin Johnson's face since he broke Jerry Rice's NFL record for receiving yards in a single season against Atlanta on Dec. 22.
Don't let Johnson's smile fool you. Underneath that cheery expression, there's a fierce competitor who wants to make Rice's accomplishments a distant second to his own effort this year.
Johnson's record-setting night against the Falcons put him at 1,892 yards for the season, just 108 yards shy of the 2,000 receiving yard plateau. The Lions wide receiver doesn't normally focus on his own achievements but he admitted Thursday that he wanted to reach the milestone to ensure that no one challenged his record for a very long time.
It ''would be big -- kind of almost put that (record) away for a while,'' he said. ''All records are meant to be broken, but it would take a long time for somebody to come and get that. You never know. It could happen next year, but it would be a tough...
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And Detroit fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
After 17 weeks of underachievement, miscues and disappointment, the 2012 season will be over for the Detroit Lions.
And not a moment too soon.
This game that airs Sunday at 1:05p.m. on Fox is the last one that Lions faithful will be forced to endure until next season rolls around.
At 4-11, the Lions have only pride and draft...
Four days after breaking the NFL single-season record for receiving yards, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was named as a starter to the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Johnson becomes the first Lion to be a Pro Bowler in three consecutive years since running back Barry Sanders was selected 10 straight years from 1990-99.
Johnson needs 108 receiving yards Sunday against Chicago for 2...
Seemingly half-man, half-machine, Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson — the All-Pro wideout known simply as “Megatron,” a nickname inspired by...
Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is on the verge of 2,000 receiving yards this season. Even though Detroit is 4-11, the Bears will have their hands full with a motivated Megatron come Sunday.
The Chicago Bears (9-6) season has come down to this one game versus the Detroit Lions (4-11). For both of these team what started out as a season full of promise and excitement has ended in disappointment. Coming off their first playoff appearance since 1999 the Lions took a huge step back in 2012. The Lions seemed poised to continue the growth they have made, instead inconsistency...
Wednesday afternoon NFL Pro Bowl rosters were announced and unsurprisingly Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was selected as a starter for the NFC squad. During a year in which he started out slow, Megatron has been simply amazing down the stretch breaking Jerry Rice’s single season yardage record and could eclipse 2,000 receiving yards on the season this coming weekend against...
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The Chicago Bears have been doing a lot of talking before this weekend’s match up with the Detroit Lions. Yesterday, defensive tackle Henry Melton said he expects dirty play from the Lions. Today, safety Major Wright criticized quarterback Matthew Stafford for...
This ugly season will come to an end for the Detroit Lions, but will their losing streak? The Lions play their final game Sunday afternoon at Ford Field against the Chicago Bears, who are still in playoff contention.
Here are five storylines to follow:
1. Have the Bears not heard that youre supposed to let sleeping Lions lie?
Chicago still has a very realistic shot at making the...
While a second-half collapse has put their postseason hopes in doubt, the Chicago Bears managed to stay alive with a big win last weekend.
Now, another victory coupled with some help from their archrival would allow them to sneak in.
Visiting Chicago first tries to get past Calvin Johnson and the slumping Detroit Lions on Sunday before turning its attention to a late-afternoon...