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Calvin Johnson falls 36 yards short of 2,000

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07:40 PM ET 12.30 | Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson fell short from adding another record to his mantle, failing to cross 2,000 receiving yards today against the Chicago Bears. He missed the mark by 36 yards. It would have been the second major record in as many weeks for Johnson. Against the Atlanta Falcons last week, the Lions' receiver topped Jerry Rice's single season receiving record of 1,848 yards, which had stood since 1995. Entering Sunday's game, Johnson needed just 108 yards to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark -- which would have been a routine total given Johnson's season. He finished with 5 receptions for 72 yards, thanks in part to Matthew Stafford choosing the final game of the season to spread the ball around.

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December 30, 2012  07:44 PM ET

Congrats to Megatron on the best season EVER for a Wide Receiver. Barring injury, Calvin Johnson will end up surpassing Jerry Rice in most record categories...except Super Bowls.

Unfortunately...S.O.L.

December 30, 2012  07:55 PM ET

"Calvin Johnson falls 36 yards short of 2,000"

Felt bad for him, especially since the Bears be done anyway. Time to clean house in the Windy City. The Lovie Smith era should be over after this!

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December 30, 2012  08:24 PM ET

Is Lovie Smith fired yet?

December 30, 2012  08:41 PM ET

Lions fell farther than that. They should clean house in Detroit.

December 30, 2012  08:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Calvin Johnson falls 36 yards short of 2,000"Felt bad for him, especially since the Bears be done anyway. Time to clean house in the Windy City. The Lovie Smith era should be over after this!

Ummmm they won

December 30, 2012  08:52 PM ET
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Ummmm they won

They beat a poorly prepared Lions, and both are done for the year.

December 30, 2012  09:11 PM ET

Matthew Stafford choosing the final game of the season to spread the ball around.

It's not like Stafford calls the plays.

December 30, 2012  09:46 PM ET

His team missed the playoffs by 7 wins. Wonder if Schwartz's job is in jeopardy?

December 30, 2012  10:13 PM ET

Good Job, but you need to get a guy in Detroit who knows how to coach, Imagine!

December 30, 2012  10:23 PM ET

There are 24 unrestricted free agents, including starters Cliff Avril, Gosder Cherilus, Louis Delmas, Justin Durant, Chris Houston, Jacob Lacey, DeAndre Levy and Corey Williams, as well as key reserves Will Heller, Sammie Hill and Lawrence Jackson.

December 30, 2012  11:35 PM ET

Chicago did a good job keeping Johnson in check. It wasn't really Stafford's fault.

December 30, 2012  11:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They beat a poorly prepared Lions, and both are done for the year.

The Lions were a total disappointment this season.

December 31, 2012  12:06 AM ET

2,000 is nothing more than an arbitrary benchmark.

He got the record. That's all that should matter - if you want to even claim that matters.

December 31, 2012  12:57 AM ET
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He got the record. That's all that should matter - if you want to even claim that matters.

He got the record on a team that went 4-12. It's the team's record that matters. The rest is nice, but if your team sucks then so what?

December 31, 2012  01:57 AM ET

RICE'S SEASON WAS BETTER. The lions sucked so obviously Stafford was just chunking the ball up in the air.

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December 31, 2012  02:27 AM ET
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How many TD's did Rice have to Johnson?

I don't know but I'm pretty sure that Steve Young didn't throw the ball over 700 times

 
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