LIONS INSIDER

Calvin Johnson enjoys a phenomenal season

Posted Jan 8, 2012

There weren’t many bright spots in Saturday’s playoff loss to the Saints.

But the play of Lions receiver Calvin Johnson certainly jumps off the stat sheet.

Johnson continued his torrid finish to the season with a wild card playoff record 211 receiving yards and 12 receptions.

Johnson also chipped in two touchdowns.

Including the one playoff game, Johnson had 1,892 yards and 18 touchdowns with 108 receptions this year.

The Saints had success in their first match-up with the Lions containing Johnson. He had just 69 receiving yards.

The Saints’ philosophy this time around was to play Johnson the exact same way. Why fix it if it isn’t broken?

The Lions were ready for that plan, though.

“I think coach just did a great job of moving him around, giving him some routes,” said Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

“They weren’t expecting…trying to get him in the slot, out of the slot, change his routes, tree-ups, they couldn’t guess on some things and he had a big day. I don’t know what his numbers were, but he was catching a lot of balls and doing a great job.”

Johnson said he saw a little bit of everything when it came to the Saints coverages.

“This defense throws a lot at you,” he said. “We were thinking the same thing and it wasn’t too different.”

The Lions did a good job of motioning him around the field and lining him up in the slot on occasion.

“He’s a big guy,” Saints corner Jabari Greer said of Suh. “I’m feeling the repercussions from that. He caught some balls. He got his. He made some plays.”

He’s been doing that all season.