LIONS INSIDER

Calvin Johnson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Johnson had a career day against the Raiders Sunday, registering a career-high 214 receiving yards on nine catches with two touchdowns, including a 6-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 39 seconds left to give the Lions a 28-27 come-from-behind win.

This is the second time in his career Johnson has been named player of the week.

The Lions have earned four NFC Player of the Week Awards this year, the most since 2004.

“I coached defense for way too long in this league to take (Calvin’s ability) for granted,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said after the game Sunday. “He’s a playmaker and a difference-maker.”

Johnson also had a 51-yard touchdown catch against the Raiders in the first quarter that got the Lions on the board.

He had two receptions of 25-plus yards in the game, which gives him 51 for his career.

Johnson’s 214 yards ranks third all-time in team history for receiving yards in a game and it’s the highest by a Lions receiver since Richard Johnson had 248 against the Saints on Dec. 3, 1989.

It was Johnson’s first-career 200-yard effort and his 19th 100-yard performance. 'Megatron' moved past Johnnie Morton (18, 1994-2001) for second most in team history.

Johnson has a career-high 81 receptions for the season and his 1,335 yards and 14 touchdowns are also career highs.

He is the highest vote-getter among all NFL wide receivers for the Pro Bowl and only Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have more votes overall.

Johnson earned his first Pro Bowl bid in 2010.