Calvin Johnson, the Madden NFL 13 cover star, must not understand what it means to be cursed. The Detroit Lions wideout just broke the record for most receiving yards in a single season during the fourth quarter of a nationally-televised game against the Atlanta Falcons. He also may have made the Madden Curse his bitch in the process.
Down 28-16 in the fourth quarter, the Lions were sure to get the man they call Megatron involved. Lions QB Matthew Stafford decided to make things interesting by throwing into Johnson’s vicinity and tossing an awful interception. Way to go, person most responsible for the Lions’ awful record. The Falcons definitely didn’t know you were going to throw to him with just four yards between Megatron and the single-season receiving record.
The next drive, down 31-16, Stafford again went to Calvin Johnson on a short pass on 1st and 10. Johnson picked up the record on a 26 yard reception, giving Johnson a gaudy 204 yards for the game.
Johnson entered the game needing 181 yards over the last two games to break the 17 year-old record. He finished the day with 10 receptions for 225 yards. Now, with one game to go, Johnson could well become the first 2,000 yard receiver in NFL history. Johnson sits 108 yards away with 1,892 yards receiving for the season.
Not bad for a guy who was thought, earlier in the year, to be having a down season. Touchdowns aren’t everything, fantasy owners.
Wins, however, are. Regardless of Johnson’s record-setting season, the Lions are the worst team in the NFC. Today’s loss put them at a disappointing 4-11 a year after reaching the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
Hopefully, we’ll have some good Megatron news to post next week. Of course, a team like the defensive-minded Bears certainly don’t want to be a footnote in the annuls of history. Johnson will have his work cut out for him against the Chicago Bears and their 6th-ranked passing defense. The Bears defense held Johnson to 3 receptions for 34 yards back in Week 7.Tweet
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