American Football - Detroit's Johnson sets NFL season record for receiving yards

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson set an NFL record for most receiving yards in a season during Saturday's 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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American Football - Detroit's Johnson sets NFL season record for receiving yards
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Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (Reuters)

Johnson caught 11 passes in the game from quarterback Matthew Stafford for 225 yards and a total of 1,892 yards for the season with one game yet to play.

Johnson eclipsed the record of 1,848 yards set by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in 1995 for the San Francisco 49ers.

After his 26-yard fourth-quarter reception moved him past Rice, the Lions receiver went to the sideline to hand the ball to his father.

The speedy, 6-foot-5 Johnson, nicknamed "Megatron", also set an NFL record by gaining more than 100 yards receiving for an eighth straight game.

It was Johnson's 11th game this season with at least 100 yards receiving, matching the NFL mark achieved in 1995 by Michael Irvin of the Dallas Cowboys.

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