Johnson breaks Rice's mark

12/24/2012


Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions has broken Jerry Rice’s NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season.  The sixth-year receiver had 11 receptions for 225 yards in the Week 16 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons to eclipse the mark (1,884) set by Rice in 1995.

Johnson’s 2012 season total now stands at 117 receptions for 1,892 yards and 5 TDs.  With one game remaining, Johnson needs just 108 yards to become the first receiver in NFL history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season. In all, Johnson set or tied five NFL receiving records during Week 16:

Most receiving yards, season – 1,892
Most consecutive games with 100 or more yards receiving – 8
Most 100-yard games in a season – 11 (Tied with Michael Irvin)
Most consecutive games with 10 or more receptions – 4
Most receptions in a month – 44

Below is a game-by-game breakdown of both players’ seasons and the pace each receiver maintained throughout the year.

Jerry Rice - 1995                      
Regular Season     Receiving Cumulative Totals
Game Game Date Opponent Result Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Yardage Per Game Pace Total Yardage Pace
1 Sept. 3 New Orleans Saints W, 24-22 6 87 14.5 50T 1 6 87 87 1,392
2 Sep. 10 ATLANTA FALCONS W, 41-10 11 167 15.2 54 2 17 254 127 2,032
3 Sep. 17 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS W, 28-3 6 87 14.5 21T 2 23 341 114 1,819
4 Sep. 25 Detroit Lions L, 24-27 11 181 16.5 39 0 34 522 131 2,088
5 Oct. 1 NEW YORK GIANTS W, 20-6 7 71 10.1 16T 1 41 593 119 1,898
6 Oct. 15 Indianapolis Colts L, 17-18 6 43 7.2 11 1 47 636 106 1,696
7 Oct. 22 St. Louis Rams W, 44-10 2 21 10.5 17 1 49 657 94 1,502
8 Oct. 29 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS L, 7-11 8 108 13.5 17 0 57 765 96 1,530
9 Nov. 5 CAROLINA PANTHERS L, 7-13 8 111 13.9 28 0 65 876 97 1,557
10 Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys W, 38-20 5 161 32.2 81T 1 70 1,037 104 1,659
11 Nov. 20 Miami Dolphins W, 44-20 8 149 18.6 47T 2 78 1,186 108 1,725
12 Nov. 26 ST. LOUIS RAMS W, 41-13 7 67 9.6 17 1 85 1,253 104 1,671
13 Dec. 3 BUFFALO BILLS W, 27-17 5 32 6.4 12 0 90 1,285 99 1,582
14 Dec. 10 Carolina Panthers W, 31-10 6 121 20.2 46 0 96 1,406 100 1,607
15 Dec. 18 MINNESOTA VIKINGS W, 37-30 14 289 20.6 52 3 110 1,695 113 1,808
16 Dec. 24 Atlanta Falcons L, 27-28 12 153 12.8 57 0 122 1,848 116 1,848
      TOTAL 122 1,848 15.1 81 15        
                         
Calvin Johnson - 2012                    
Regular Season     Receiving Cumulative Totals
Game Game Date Opponent Result Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Yardage Per Game Pace Total Yardage Pace
1 Sep. 9 ST. LOUIS RAMS W, 27-23 6 111 18.5 51 0 6 111 111 1,776
2 Sep. 16 San Francisco 49ers L, 19-27 8 94 11.8 26 0 14 205 103 1,640
3 Sep. 23 Tennessee Titans L, 41-44 10 164 16.4 28 1 24 369 123 1,968
4 Sep. 30 MINNESOTA VIKINGS L, 13-20 5 54 10.8 19 0 29 423 106 1,692
5 Oct. 14 Philadelphia Eagles W, 26-23 6 135 22.5 37 0 35 558 112 1,786
6 Oct. 22 Chicago Bears L, 7-13 3 34 11.3 16 0 38 592 99 1,579
7 Oct. 28 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS W, 28-24 3 46 15.3 25 0 41 638 91 1,458
8 Nov. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars W, 31-14 7 129 18.4 38 0 48 767 96 1,534
9 Nov. 11 Minnesota Vikings L, 24-34 12 207 17.3 50 1 60 974 108 1,732
10 Nov. 18 GREEN BAY PACKERS L, 20-24 5 143 28.6 53 1 65 1,117 112 1,787
11 Nov. 22 HOUSTON TEXANS L, 31-34 8 140 17.5 35 1 73 1,257 114 1,828
12 Dec. 2 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS L, 33-35 13 171 13.2 46T 1 86 1,428 119 1,904
13 Dec. 9 Green Bay Packers L, 20-27 10 118 11.8 20 0 96 1,546 119 1,903
14 Dec. 16 Arizona Cardinals L, 10-38 10 121 12.1 30 0 106 1,667 119 1,905
15 Dec. 22 ATLANTA FALCONS L, 18-31 11 225 20.5 49 0 117 1,892 126 2,018
16 Dec. 30 Chicago Bears                    
      TOTAL 117 1,892 16.2 53 5        

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