Coming into the 15th game of the 2012 NFL season, Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver, Calvin Johnson needed needed 182 yards to surpass Jerry Rice for most receiving yards in a single season. He hauled in 11 catches for 225 yards in a 31 - 18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He gave the ball to his father after breaking the record in the fourth quarter.
Johnson also set a new American Professional Football record with his eighth straight 100-yard game. The previous record of seven was set by the AFL's Houston Oilers wide receiver, Charley Hennigan in 1961. Micheal Irvin tied in in 1995.
So, with one more game to go, what other records can Calvin break this season?
He has already set the record for the most receiving yards in back-to-back NFL seasons, so every time he gets another receiving yard, he extends both the single-season and back-to-back season records.
With 1,892 yards this season, he's just 108 yards away from becoming the first player in NFL history to break 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. He's averaged over 126 yards a game, which would also be a new Pro-Football record. Hennigan averaged almost 125 yards a game in 1961.
Megatron is tied with Michael Irvin with eleven 100 yard receiving games in a season. One more would break that 17 year old record.
He has two 200 yards receiving games this season and four over his entire career. Both are records since the AFL-NFL merger. If he gets another next week, he will not only tie Hennigan for the most in a single season, but he will also tie San Diego Chargers HOF flanker, Lance Alworth for the most in a career (Five). Both played in the AFL.
He's got 117 receptions and needs 27 more to break Marvin Harrison's NFL record for the most receptions in a single season. The NFL record for most catches in a game is 21, set by Brandon Marshall in 2009. He might not set that mark, but if he hauled in just seven more, that would bring him to 124, which would be good enough for 2nd.
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