Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's all-time single-season receiving record of 1,848 yards set in 1995 with a 26-yard catch and run with less than four minutes remaining in the Lions' 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
"It's a huge accomplishment to take one of those records from the great Jerry," Johnson told ESPN's Lisa Salters after the game. "All the work that we put in this year, I guess you can say it's well deserved."
Johnson needed 181 receiving yards entering Week 16 to break Rice's record. Johnson caught 11 passes for 225 yards against the Falcons attempt to double team the six-year pro. He now has 1,892 yards this season with the chance to go over 2,000 with one game left to play.
Johnson also tied or broke the record for consecutive 100-yard receiving with eight games along with the record for the most 100-yard games in a season with 11, and consecutive games with at least 10 receptions.