Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/23/14
DETROIT -- In the end, Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam got the last laugh. Earlier in the week, Elam had drawn the Lions' attention with comments about wide receiver Calvin Johnson. "He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be," Elam said. "He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable." Johnson, an ancient 28, laughed it off and said he'd have to show Elam his "old-man strength" during the game. But early in the game, it actually looked as if Johnson was off his game. On the second drive, Johnson was wide open on 3rd and 15 and uncharacteristically dropped the ball, forcing the Lions to punt. Johnson had another drive-ending drop in the second quarter. "We had some things going there and we had some critical third downs, I think, that we could have kept the drives going," Johnson said. "When that happens, you just didn't get the ball all the way. It's as simple as that. I just have to stay on it one more second." Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Johnson is still human, despite his nickname. "As much as we say 'Megatron' and things like that, there's still a human element to this game and you're not going to catch every single one," Schwartz said. "Every single pass isn't going to be perfect." Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, a former Chicago Bear, wasn't expecting that from Johnson. "Whenever you play against a great receiver, you're surprised when he drops the ball," Graham said. "Things happen. Guys coming around you, trying to hit you, things are gonna be rough. Yeah, I was a little shocked that he dropped a few passes but he made a few plays." Johnson finished with six receptions for 98 yards, leading the team. For his part, Elam sounded apologetic about how his comments were taken. "No disrespect to Megatron," Elam said. "I didn't mean it that way. But I just feel like it's Monday night. You gotta come to play, everybody's watching. You're going to be up for this game anyways, it shouldn't be somebody having to call somebody out to play a good game. "You're going to play a good game anyway because it's Monday night and everybody watching. You want to win. It's playoff time, you want to win. No disrespect to Megatron, he's one of the greatest receivers in the game. No disrespect for him. It's just my competitive spirit. I just wanted to win." RECORDS All Johnson needed was four receiving yards, which he got early, to become the first player in NFL history with 5,000 receiving yards over three seasons. Johnson has 5,094 yards in the last three seasons. With 235 passing yards against the Ravens, quarterback Matthew Stafford passed 4,000 yards on the season and is the Lions first passer in team history to record 4,000 yards in three different seasons. Reggie Bush has 1,403 yards through 14 games, the first Lions' running back with more than 1,400 yards since James Stewart had 1,471 in 2000.

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'


Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.