CRACKING THE TOP 10 PLAYERS OF 2013
Megatron, otherwise known as Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, broke Jerry Rice's all-time record for receiving yards in a single season in 2012. Rice accumulated 1,848 receiving yards in the 1995 season, but Johnson shattered that mark in week 16. Johnson set the new record at 1,964 receiving yards in a single season, and is one of the top 10 players remaining in NFL Network's countdown of the Top 100 Players of 2013. Tune into the NFL Network this Thursday at 8pm EST to see where Megatron lands on the list, and scroll down to see his 2012 highlights.
WEEK 17 VS. BEARS
Calvin Johnson caught five more passes for 72 yards, to push the total for his new NFL record to 1,964 receiving yards in a single season. The Lions lost to the Bears 26-23. Yardage totals through 16 games: Rice 1,848, Johnson 1,964. Visit Game Center for more on Bears at Lions.
WEEK 16 VS. FALCONS
The record is broken. Even with another week left, Megatron obliterated Jerry Rice's all-time season receiving yards record of 1,848 yards. Megatron caught 11 passes for a mind-blowing 225 receiving yards. The Lions still lost, but Megatron is now the all-time leader with another week to add to his total. Yardage total through 15 games: Rice 1,695, Johnson 1,892.Visit Game Center for more on Falcons vs Lions.
WEEK 15 VS. CARDINALS
The Lions got clobbered 38-10 by the Arizona cardinals, but Megatron checked a few more milestones in the process. He tied the record for seven straight games with 100 receiving yards, and became the first player to reach 1,600 receiving yards in consecutive seasons. Yardage totals through fourteen games: Rice 1,406, Johnson 1,667 Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Cardinals.
WEEK 14 VS. PACKERS
118 receiving yards on 10 catches by Megatron. But the Lions struggles continue as they lose again to the Packers 27-20. Yardage totals through 13 games: Rice 1,285, Johnson 1,546. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Packers.
WEEK 13 VS. COLTS
The magical season marches on. Megatron tallies 171 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. Yet, the outcome is the same. The Lions lose another thriller 35-33. Yardage totals through 12 games: Rice 1,253, Johnson 1,428. Visit Game Center for more on Colts vs Lions.
WEEK 12 VS. TEXANS
What can't this guy do? Megatron pulls down 140 yards and a touchdown, but the Lions still find a way to lose to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day. Yardage totals through sixteen games: Rice 1,186, Johnson 1,257.Visit Game Center for more on Texans at Lions
WEEK 11 VS. PACKERS
Megatron with another spectacular game collecting 143 receiving yards and scoring a touchdown. No matter. The Lions still lost to the Packers 24-20. Yardage totals through ten games: Rice 1,037, Johnson 1,117. Visit Game Center for more on Packers at Lion.
WEEK 10 VS. VIKINGS
An epic game for Megatron. 207 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Lions still lost 34-24 against the Minnesota Vikings. Yardage totals through nine games: Rice 876, Johnson 974. Visit Game Center for more on Lions vs Vikings.
WEEK 9 VS. JAGUARS
Megatron returned full force catching seven passes for 129 yards. The Lions easily beat the Jaguars 31-14. Yardage total through eight games: Rice 765, Johnson 767. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Jaguars
WEEK 8 VS. SEAHAWKS
Megatron made some key fourth quarter catches and the Lions came back to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Johnson caught three passes for 46 yards. Yardage total through seven games: Rice 684, Johnson 638.Visit Game Center for more on Seahawks at Lions.
WEEK 7 VS. BEARS
The Chicago Bears held Megatron to a season low 34 receiving yards. The Lions lost 13-7 and were stymied by a fierce Bears secondary. Yardage total through six games: Rice 636, Johnson 592. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Bears
WEEK 6 VS. EAGLES
The Lions staged a ten point comeback behind Megatron's 135 receiving yards and defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Yardage total through five games: Rice 593, Johnson 558. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Eagles
WEEK 4 VS. VIKINGS
Megatron had a rough game dropping a touchdown in the endzone. He finished with 54 receiving yards on only five catches. The Lions lost 20-13 against the Vikings. Yardage total through four games: Rice 522, Johnson 423.Visit Game Center for more on Vikings at Lions
WEEK 3 VS. TITANS
In one of the highest scoring games of the season, Megatron caught 10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Lions lost a thriller in OT against the Titans. Yardage total through three games: Rice 341. Johnson 369. Visit Game Center for more on Lions at Titans.
WEEK 2 VS. 49ERS
Megatron caught 8 passes for 94 yards, but the 49ers kept him in check by keeping him out of the endzone. The 49ers won 27-19. Yardage totals through two games: Rice 254. Johnson 205. Visit Game Center for more on Detroit at San Francisco
WEEK 1 VS. RAMS
Megatron recorded 111 yards receiving to start the season against the St. Louis Rams defense. The Lions won, 27-23. Yardage totals through one game: Rice 87. Johnson 111. Visit Game Center for more on Rams at Lions.