Twitter Explodes as Calvin Johnson Sets Single-Season Receiving Yards Record

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Twitter Explodes as Calvin Johnson Sets Single-Season Receiving Yards Record
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Calvin Johnson made history Saturday night, breaking Jerry Rice's NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season.

Johnson's record-breaking grab came in the fourth quarter of the Detroit Lions' 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The man they call Megatron streaked over the middle of the field, snatched the ball and sprinted up the sideline for a first down before he was forced out of bounds.

It was his 10th catch of the game, and it officially put him over Rice's mark of 1,848 yards, which had stood since 1995. Johnson had one more reception before the game ended, finishing with 11 catches for 225 yards.

As expected, Johnson's incredible feat set the Twitterverse on fire. The comments below are just some of the best from this great moment in NFL history.

 

Twitter Reaction

For his efforts, Johnson received this slightly less prestigious honor from Monday Night Football's Jon Gruden:

During the game, though, Gruden said the record was tainted because the Lions didn't win many games like Rice's 49ers did. Bleacher Report's lead NFL writer Michael Schottey poked a pretty big hole in that argument:

Now that he has the record, Johnson can turn his attention to 2,000 yards, as the NFL on ESPN pointed out:

After Johnson broke the record, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports provided this gem of a list:

As Jennifer Hammond of Detroit's Fox affiliate pointed out, this record couldn't have gone to a better guy:

Johnson received all sorts of Twitter love, including some props from the folks at GQ Magazine:

Fellow wide receiver A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals congratulated Megatron as well:

Even legendary running back Eddie George was blown away by Johnson's achievement:

As Megatron toyed with the Falcons defense, the always-hilarious Not Bill Walton feed said Johnson has reached the most elite of company:

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also found some humor in Johnson's performance:

As if the single-season yardage record wasn't enough, the official SportsCenter feed pointed out that Johnson broke another record on Saturday:

Make that three records for Megatron Saturday night, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

In addition to the broken records, Johnson also shattered the so-called "Madden Curse," as ESPN's Michael Smith mentioned:

But the tweet of the night goes to Bruce Arthur of the National Post, who likely scared some Johnson fans with this foreshadowing tweet:

Second place in tweet of the night contest goes to Bleacher Report assignment editor Neri Stein, who effectively ruined the party with this buzz-killing comment:

Given that the Lions are now 4-11 this season, I guess she has a point.

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