Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Johnson's Historic Day by the Numbers

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a catch during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

At first glance, you might look at Calvin Johnson’s day against the Dallas Cowboys and be impressed.

Just “impressed” is not good enough. This was a historic game in which Calvin Johnson cemented himself as the best wide receiver in football, though Dez Bryant was probably the only one still doubting that.

Let’s put this into perspective. Just how good was Calvin Johnson today? How much is 14 receptions for 329 receiving yards in a single game?

Here’s some things to compare it to.

Other Lions

  • The Lions’ second-leading receiver, Reggie Bush, has 335 receiving yards on 31 receptions all season.
  • Ryan Broyles caught 22 passes for 310 yards in 10 games in 2012.
  • Combined, the season receiving yardage of Joseph Fauria, Ryan Broyles, Tony Scheffler and Kevin Ogletree = 323 yards.
  • Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards would be 43.5 percent of Johnson’s total rookie year production (756 yards)

The Rest of the NFL

  • The Dallas Cowboys had only 268 yards of total offense in this game.
  • Aside from Matthew Stafford, only two quarterbacks had more than 329 passing yards this week (prior to Sunday/Monday night games): Drew Brees (332 yards) and Peyton Manning (354 yards).
  • Four quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Terrelle Pryor, Carson Palmer) completed less than 14 passes this week. Incidentally, they all won their games.
  • The New York Jets do not have a player with 329 receiving yards this season.


  • Johnson missed the all-time single-season receiving yards record by 7 yards. The record of 336 yards has been held by Flipper Anderson since 1989.
  • That game went into overtime, which means Johnson’s 329 yards are the most in regulation in NFL history.
  • Johnson also set a Lions franchise record for single-season receiving yards set by Cloyce Box (302 yards) in 1950.
  • In addition to the receiving yards record, Johnson also tied Herman Moore’s single-game receptions record with 14.
  • If not for Johnson’s 15th catch being negated by his fumble, Johnson would have broken both Anderson and Moore’s record.

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