Talking about personal milestones after a loss feels empty. Fortunately, the Lions completed the comeback against the Raiders because the significance of Calvin Johnson‘s big day goes beyond his impact on this one game.
When Calvin Johnson hauled in a 51-yard pass from Matthew Stafford and crossed the goal line he set a new career high for touchdowns in a season. It was his 13th, one better than his season totals in 2008 and 2010. The game winner, his 14th touchdown catch of the season, ties the Lions post-merger record and puts him just one behind the overall franchise record of 15 touchdown receptions set by Cloyce Box in 1952.
Megatron’s 214 receiving yards shattered his previous personal best of 161 set against the Cleveland Browns in 2009. In doing so, he also set a new career high for receiving yards in a season. His 1,335 yards through 14 games is already four more than his previous season high set in 2008. Calvin’s nine catches against the Raiders was one off his career high for reception in a game but it was enough for him to set a new career high for reception in a season at 81.
Herman Moore‘s 1995 season in which he had 123 receptions for 1,686 yards will likely remain the gold standard for Detroit Lions receivers but with two games remaining it will be fun to see where Calvin Johnson ultimately ends up in a number of categories on the franchise’s records list. He needs just three yards to surpass Germane Crowell‘s 1999 receiving yards total and 150 yards to surpass Brett Perriman‘s 1995 season.