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Detroit Lions: Five reasons Calvin Johnson was huge in win over Redskins

Five reasons why Calvin Johnson makes Sundays brighter in Detroit and around the NFL.

The wide receiver known as Megatron had seven catches for 115 yards in the Lions’ 27-20 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

 Could list 25, but will stick with just five:

1. His touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter was an absolute thing of beauty. He was not double-covered, not triple-covered — no he had four Redskins covering him and still he came down with the ball from 11 yards out. That’s why Calvin is Calvin.

2. On third-and-8 in the Lions first series, Johnson caught a pass for a 23-yard gain. Hello, Washington.

3. By surpassing 100 receiving yards on Sunday he tied the franchise record with 34 career 100-yard receiving games. He’s not tied with Herman Moore.

4. Calvin is multidimensional — he was in at deep safety with Louis Delmas and Glover Quin when the Redskins tried a Hail Mary on the final play of the game.

5. His “Calvin Johnson rule” actually benefited the Lions Sunday when a 58-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson was reversed upon review because the ball moved on the ground underneath him meaning he didn’t “complete the process.” That cost the Lions in Week One at Ford Field. Johnson wasn’t even in the game and he made a difference on that one.

(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also available at bookstores.)


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