Calvin Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards, most ever in regulation and second most of all time, as the Detroit Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 in the final minute of play.
“Just wait until he’s 100-percent,” coach Jim Schwartz said of Johnson who is dealing with a knee injury.
Johsnon tied Lance Alworth’s NFL record with his fifth career 200-yard game. Flipper Anderson holds the single-game receiving record at 336 yards in 1989, but 40 of his yards came in overtime.
“It was crazy,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of one-on-one coverage today, and we were able to take advantage and hit some deep balls. Matt made some great throws to me.”
Quarterback Matthew Stafford provided the highlight of the game when he led the Lions on the final drive. Down 30-24 with 62 seconds to play and no timeouts, Stafford completed passes of 17 (Johnson), 40 (Kris Durham) and 22 yards (Johnson) before putting the ball over the goal line to tie the game. David Akers PAT gave the Lions the win.
“I told everybody I was spiking it,” Stafford said via USA Today. “I was screaming clock, I was going to spike it. It was a feel thing. I was yelling, ‘Spike.’ They knew I was yelling spike. I saw linebackers kind of standing like this (back off the line of scrimmage). Our guys didn’t fire off, they just stood up but I looked dow,n and we were that far, shoot I’m going to figure I’ll get that. So I just need to go — shoot, I don’t know, I was making a play, man. I was trying to help my team win and sure am glad I got across.”
Stafford finished the game completing 33 of 48 passes for 488 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.