Calvin Johnson Sets Record with 15th Touchdown Against Packers

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffDecember 5, 2015

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 3:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a first-quarter touchdown in front of Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 3, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson recorded his 15th touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers during Thursday's 27-23 loss, breaking Randy Moss' old record of 14 career touchdown catches in games against Green Bay, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Coming off a three-score performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving, the 30-year-old Johnson got off to another fast start, making a beautiful 17-yard catch in the end zone toward the end of the first quarter to extend Detroit's early lead to 17-0.

But Johnson otherwise had a forgettable night, finishing with just three catches for 44 yards and the one touchdown in a game the Lions eventually lost on a 61-yard Hail Mary on an untimed down.

Even with Thursday's down performance, Johnson has a solid track record in his 16 career appearances against the Packers, averaging 5.6 catches for 88 yards, not to mention the 15 touchdowns.

To be fair, the big numbers are largely the product of his team often playing from behind, as the Lions own a 4-12 record in those games against Green Bay, with Johnson averaging a whopping 11.5 targets.

The Packers have actually held him to a 49 percent catch rate and 7.7 yards per target (YPT), both of which compare quite favorably to Johnson's career-long marks of 56 percent and 8.9 YPT.

Moss was far more efficient in his 15 career games against the Packers, averaging 4.9 catches for 88 yards on 8.3 targets, with a 59 percent catch rate and 10.6 YPT.

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