There are five thoughts I took away from the Detroit Lions' 28-27 victory in Oakland.
Stafford again was terrific going 29-52 for 391 yards with four touchdowns, and oh yeah, no picks. Calvin had a career day with nine receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. To steal a line from Lions' play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, "Calvin Johnson you are ridiculous!"
The duo crushed John Madden’s playoff hopes as he sat in the suites and choked on his Outback bloomin’ onion watching the Lions’ probable Pro Bowl battery implement Al Davis’ “vehtical passing attack” with a 51-yard touchdown to start the game and a 48-yard connection to set up the winning score.
Pretty ironic the Raiders passed on Calvin in the 2007 draft and took JaMarcus Russell instead. Now Raider Nation knows how Portland feels about passing on that Mike Jordan guy.
Meanwhile, Carson Palmer could not replicate the Lions’ success as he overthrew Denarius Moore in the first half for an easy score, and then, with the game in the balance, missed Chaz Schilens down the right sideline, which would have put the game away.
Beyond his career best receiving totals, Calvin was set to reprise the role of Kellen Winslow when the Raiders set up for a game-winning 65-yard field goal attempt, and Calvin was in at safety to leap up and block the kick.
The 1982 Chargers-Dolphins game still stands out in my mind as the greatest game ever played, and the reason I adopted the Bolts as my “B” team—an asset of sanity while watching the Lions of the eighties.
Calvin didn't need to be carried off the field with a towel on his head, but he was that dominant.
Here are my five thoughts from Sunday’s game…