Johnson moved into second place Monday night, thanks to a third-quarter, 62-yard run in which the Ravens' defense assumed the runner was down.
After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he "got no explanation" as to why referees chose not to whistle the play dead before Johnson got back on his feet.
"Forward progress was stopped," Harbaugh said. "If you hit him in that situation, you are going to get fined and penalized ... He declared himself down. He's sitting there. We shouldn't have hit him then. It would have been a dangerous play."
Justin Forsett, Johnson's counterpart Monday night, can't be blamed if he experienced deja vu on the play.
Johnson has revived a Cardinals' ground attack that was ranked dead-last at 3.3 yards per carry last season.