Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson entered therecord books on Saturday, breaking Jerry Rice's mark for most receiving yardsin a season in NFL history. But as has been the case for most of the season,his stellar performance came in yet another loss. Matt Ryan threw fourtouchdown passes, and the Atlanta Falcons clinched the NFC's top seed with a31-18 win over the Lions at Ford Field. Ryan was 25-of-32 for 279 yards andtied Steve Bartkowski for the most passing touchdowns in a single season infranchise history with 31. Bartkowski set the record in 1980. Roddy Whitecaught two of the scores and finished with 153 yards on eight receptionsfor Atlanta (13-2), which produced 17 points off three Detroit turnovers.Johnson made 11 grabs for 225 yards, upping his season total to 1,892. Ricehad 1,848 yards in 1995 with San Francisco. It wasn't the only NFL recordthe player known as "Megatron" broke as he became the first player torecord at least 100 receiving yards in eight straight games. Johnsonsurpassed a mark set by Charley Hennigan in 1961 and matched by MichaelIrvin in 1995. Matthew Stafford completed 37-of-56 passes for 443 yards withone interception for the Lions (4-11), who have lost seven in a row.
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