It was 2012.
The Detroit Lions finished the season with a 4-12 record and there was not much to be excited about if you were a fan, other than one day in late December.
On December 22, 2012 against the Atlanta Falcons, on Monday Night Football, Calvin Johnson did something that hadn’t been done since 1995. He would go onto break the single-season receiving yards record that Jerry Rice had held since 1995. The moment itself came late in the fourth quarter.
Calvin Johnson Jr. = Single-season receiving record.
Calvin Johnson Sr. = One proud dad.
This was awesome. https://t.co/n9gFJ0tRRK
— NFL (@NFL) March 8, 2016
It’s a shame the Lions would ultimately lose the game, as a victory would have added some extra prestige to the accomplishment, but it was still a great moment.
Johnson would finish the season with a staggering 1,964 yards, which is an average of nearly 123 yards per game.
In the big picture, it was a disappointing season, especially considering the Lions had made the Playoffs the year before, but Megatron’s record-breaking moment was one that we will all remember for a very long time.