Lions WR Calvin Johnson has record-breaking game
"Seventeen points off turnovers is the difference in the game," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said.
Detroit hasn't had this long of a losing streak since it had one lasting an entire season when the laughingstock of a franchise became the league's first to go 0-16 in 2008, when Johnson was in his second season.
Johnson surpassed one of Rice's records with his 10th catch in the fourth quarter that put him over the 200-yard mark in the game. He needed 182 to surpass Rice's mark.
He had more than 100 yards receiving for an eighth straight game, breaking an NFL record set by Charley Hennigan in 1961 and matched by Michael Irvin in 1995.
It was Johnson's 11th game with 100 yards receiving this season, tying Irvin's league mark. In the first quarter, Johnson surpassed Herman Moore's single-season franchise record of 1,686 yards.
"I've been an NFL fan my whole life, dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid, and I've coached in this league for 19 years," Schwartz said. "I've seen a lot of Hall of Famers, but I've never seen a better player than Calvin Johnson.
"He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in this history of this league."
Befitting a season that has gone badly, though, Johnson fumbled in the first half to help Atlanta add to its big lead.
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