I definitely felt like we didn’t really get to know Calvin Johnson, who retired at the age of 30 on Tuesday after nine seasons in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys coughed up a 27-17 fourth quarter lead in Detroit and lost 31-30 to the Lions. Yet, Detroit’s dramatic win may prove to be somewhat secondary to the amazing Calvin Johnson, who caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a score.
Detroit Lions wide receiver (and Madden ’13 cover athlete) Calvin Johnson plastered his name all over the NFL record books on Saturday night during Detroit’s 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s 17-year-old receiving yardage record (1,848 in 1995) after posting an 11-catch, 225-yard performance.
Hours before Detroit’s Justin Verlander came within two outs of no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Tigers received a visitor. Calvin Johnson stopped by to participate in batting practice. During the session, Megatron smoked a ball over the left field wall.
Calvin Johnson defeated Cam Newton in the Madden ’13 competition and will grace the cover of the popular sports franchise when the video game is released this summer. The field of 64 tournament culminated with Johnson squeaking past the Carolina Panther quarterback in a fan vote, 52%-48%.
[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Calvin+Johnson&iid=9747095″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9747095/detroit-lions-calvin/detroit-lions-calvin.jpg?size=500&imageId=9747095″ width=”380″ height=”310″ /] The NFL pulled up lame yesterday. Following their rules (and correctly), officials took away what would have been a go-ahead touchdown catch by Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson during their 19-14 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
We’ll have more on this later on Monday but the Calvin Johnson play is crazy. Did the officials honor the rule? Yes. Was it the right call? Yes, but not really. Poor Detroit.