Stafford threw two touchdown passes, and Johnson had five catches for 111 yards to help the Detroit Lions cruise to a 27-12 victory on Friday night.
"We got into a little bit of a rhythm," Stafford said. "When we kind of figured out what they were doing, we went out and executed."
That 93-yard drive took only five plays, three of them completions to Johnson for 83 yards. On the last one, Johnson made an excellent catch over cornerback Jimmy Smith in the end zone on an 18-yard score.
"We see that same coverage out there, our mouths start to water, we get hungry," Johnson said. "They were blitzing a lot so we left their corners, their DBs, on an island. That's what we look for."
Covering Johnson is no easy task, as evidenced by his numbers last year: 96 catches, 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.
"You're talking about a person who should probably be running track, but he chose football," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. "He's a mismatch for a lot of people. The bottom line is you've just got to make him earn his check. Today, he earned his money."
Safety Bernard Pollard added, "The biggest thing with Calvin Johnson is he understands and knows where everybody is at, and he has a quarterback who doesn't care where anybody is at. He is a talent on the field, and he has a special gift."
Stafford also connected with Titus Young for a 24-yard score to help Detroit take a 17-9 halftime lead.
"We have to complete plays, not just be in position to make them," Pees said at halftime. "Communication still isn't where we want it to be. We need to get better, and we will."
Replacement officials called 20 penalties for 177 yards, including 13 infractions for 123 yards before halftime.
Stafford put the Lions ahead with his touchdown pass to Johnson, and in his final series the quarterback completed passes to four receivers in a march that ended with Young diving into the end zone on a third-and-4 play.
Wide receiver and kick returner Stefan Logan was carted off the field in the second quarter with an ankle injury after colliding with Stafford on a handoff. X-rays were negative.
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