In the wake of yet another memorable comeback by the Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has received the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week Award. Johnson caught Sunday's game-winning touchdown within the final minute as part of a career day:
The Lions have earned four NFC Player of the Week Awards this year, the most since 2004.
"I coached defense for way too long in this league to take (Calvin’s ability) for granted," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said after the game Sunday. "He’s a playmaker and a difference-maker."
Johnson had a career high 214 yards receiving on nine catches with two touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. It was the best day for a Lions receiver since 1989 and the third highest yardage total in team history. Johnson will need to come up big again this week against the Chargers. If the Lions can win on Sunday at home they will clinch their first trip to the playoffs in 12 years.