Calvin Johnson misses 2,000 yards receiving

Leon Halip

One week after breaking Jerry Rice's record, Calvin Johnson missed an NFL first.

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.

Johnson failed to have more than 100 yards in a game for only the fifth time this season. He amassed over 150 yards in another four games. In a disappointing Lions season, he was the bright spot, and even though he missed the mythic 2,000-yard mark, he still managed to join rarefied air where he'll be remembered as one of the greatest receivers of all time -- in only his sixth season.

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