Detroit, MI (Sporting Alert) — Wide receiver Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions on Saturday night broke Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season.
Speaking during the ESPN telecast, Rice predicted in the third quarter that his record would fall tonight and he was indeed correct.
“It’s going to go down (tonight). This guy’s just amazing,” said Rice, who set the old mark at the end of the 1995 regular season.
“You never want your record to be broken, but if anyone’s going to do it, I prefer Megatron to do it.”
Johnson tops Rice’s previous all-time mark of 1,848 receiving yards when he entered the record books late in the fourth quarter in the clash against the Atlanta Falcons on a 26-yard reception from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
That catch saw the 27-year-old moving to 1,871 yards on the season.
Johnson says he is now pumped to add to his total this term and is now looking forward to trying and become the first receiver in the history of the NFL to hit the 2,000 yard mark.
Meanwhile, Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes for 279 yards, and the Falcons (13-2) went on to score an easy 31-18 victory over the Lions and clinched the NFC’s top seed.
The Lions (4-11) 2012 football campaign hasn’t been going well this term as they’ve won just four games so far and sit at 6.5 games back the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.
Atlanta Falcons 31 vs Detroit Lions 18
Matt Ryan QB – 25-32, 279 yds; 4 TDs
Calvin Johnson WR – 11 Rec, 225 yds