As we enter the final two weeks of the NFL season, three records are in danger of falling to current players hot on the tail of NFL legends. One of those records was broken on Saturday and it’s likely going to be shattered in the final week of the year. Calvin Johnson eclipsed Jerry Rice’s 1995 single season record 0f 1,848 yards on Saturday against the Falcons.
The Lions got blown away by the Falcons, who secured home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with the win, but the night will be remembered for Johnson’s historic feat. Despite being down 31-16 at the time he made the record breaking catch, Lions fans erupted in cheer inside Ford Field to congratulate their man on his massive accomplishment.
It was truly an amazing scene to see fans of a miserable 4-10 team get as loud as they did, but Johnson is a special kind of player who now has a special record.
But the journey is far from over for the man they call Megatron. While Johnson was chasing Rice’s record he is also trying to become the first NFL receiver to ever eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in a single season. WIth one game left to go in the season, at the very least Johnson will put some distance between himself and Rice, who is now in second place.
We live in a passing league now, and it’s not surprising that Johnson was able to catch the guy who many consider to be the greatest wide receiver of all time. But while more players may get near Rice’s mark, Johnson has another week to make sure his record stands for a long time in the new era for the NFL.