Lions’ Johnson says record-setting day against Cowboys was ‘crazy’

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It’s not often on any level of football, especially in the NFL, where a wide receiver has more receiving yards than the opponent has total yards as a team.

Given that, the performance turned in by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys is one that might not be duplicated anytime soon.

Johnson finished with a career-high and franchise-record 329 yards on 14 receptions for the Lions, personally outgaining the Cowboys, who had 268 yards in total offense.

Feasting on what was a beat-up Cowboys secondary, Johnson finished 7 receiving yards short of Flipper Anderson’s single-game record of 336 receiving yards set in 1989 for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans in an overtime game.

“It’s crazy,” Johnson said after the Lions’ improbable 31-30 win over the Cowboys. “We got one-on-one coverage and were able to hit on a lot of them. I don’t know what our percentage was, but we were able to hit on a lot of deep passes and intermediate.”

Johnson caught two passes on the 80-yard touchdown drive that won the game for the Lions, a 17-yard reception that gave the Lions a first down at their own 37 and then a 22-yard reception that put the Lions inside the Dallas 1-yard line.

The second catch set up quarterback Matthew Stafford’s sneak for a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining.

The fake spike

Inside the Dallas 1-yard line with under 30 seconds remaining and the Cowboys holding a 30-24 lead, Matthew Stafford thought he would just spike the ball to stop the clock.

Then he changed his mind when he got to the line of scrimmage.

“I saw linebackers standing [back] and they didn’t really fire off [the ball]. They just stood up,” said Stafford, a former Highland Park High School star. “I looked down and we [weren’t far. “I was like ‘shoot, I can get that.’”

He did.

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