Megatron Magic

The great Calvin Johnson (courtesy of USA Today)

Last night, the man known as Megatron made NFL football history.

In a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson broke the single-season record for receiving yards set by none other than famed San Francisco receiver and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

The record was set near the end of the fourth quarter and came on a 26-yard toss from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Johnson ended the game with 225 yards, bringing his grand total to 1,892 yards on the season.

A message from Jerry Rice hit the video board as the former star passed the torch to the younger one in gracious fashion. But there’s an even more interesting story line brewing.

If Megatron gets at least 108 receiving yards in his final game against the Chicago Bears, then he will be the first receiver in NFL history ever to reach 2,000 total yards in a single season. Prior to this year, this seemed an impossible goal, but Megatron has it well within his sights.

I should also mention some of the other records that Calvin Johnson grabbed last night. It was his eighth straight game with 100 yards or more, which surpasses both Michael Irvin (1995) and Charley Hennigan (1961). Johnson also had 10 or more receptions in four consecutive games, setting yet another league record.

Is there no end to what Megatron can do?

I hope not because I have him on my fantasy football team and he has been solid gold all year. Way to go, Megatron!

Posted on December 23, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

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