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"It was a great catch," Stafford said of Johnson going over three Bengals defenders for the touchdown. "They did a great job of playing deep-to-short today with Calvin on the field. I held it as long as I could, threw it. I didn’t get to see a lot of it. I saw the very end of it and it was one of the best catches I have ever seen."
The key phrase there was, "threw it." That, in a nutshell, is what Johnson brings to the offense. There’s never such a thing as a bad throw to Megatron, when he has an opportunity to make a play.
"Matt left it up there with a lot of air, so I could go do it," Johnson said. "Just happened to make a play."
Johnson’s done a lot of that over his seven years in the league. The 50-yarder was the 60th touchdown catch of his career, joining Herman Moore (62) and Barry Sanders (109) as the only players in franchise history to reach the mark.
The Bengals made a concerted effort to stop the Lions run game (77 yards) and Stafford was able to make plays down the field to counter the looks he was seeing.
"We were just trying to take what they gave us," Stafford said. "I missed some guys. Some other times we hit them and made some big plays."
MARTIN EXPLAINS THE PUNT
"I got no real excuse for it," Martin said. "In a situation like that, you are expecting a heavy rush and that’s what I was expecting and I rushed myself to prevent a block and just pulled it."
Martin said after the game that nine out of 10 times a full rush is coming in that situation with a team backed up and so little time on the clock.
The punt set up a late Bengals 54-yard field goal to win the game.
The Bengals threw the rookie a curveball and he missed it.
Hilliard is likely to have an MRI and more tests done on the knee Monday.
THE LATERAL THAT WASN'T
The officials told Schwartz, who appeared to have the challenge flag out, he couldn't challenge that aspect of the play.
"I thought it was a forward lateral, but the officials told me that that didn’t matter on the blocked kick, so I decided not to challenge it," he said.
"You can challenge it, but they said that there’s no such thing as a forward fumble on a blocked kick. That’s what I was told."