NFL.com unveiled its top five catches of the first half of the regular season, and the first one listed is Detroit Lions wide reciever Calvin Johnson's goal line grab from quarterback Matthew Stafford in Week 1 (click for video).
Not only was the catch acrobatic, it proved instrumental in propelling the Lions to a great start to the season. The touchdown catch gave the Lions a 27-13 lead, and they went on to win by a touchdown, 27-20. The opening week win in Tampa set the tone for the Lions, who remain undefeated on the road at 4-0, and are second in the NFC North at 6-2.
Meanwhile, the connection between Stafford and Johnson has become the most prolific in the NFL. Indeed, that opening week touchdown catch by Johnson was his second of the day, and he is now running away atop the NFL leaderboard with 11 touchdown catches. The next most by any player is six.
Stafford has also quickly and unexpectedly broken into the upper echelon of starting quarterbacks, accumulating 19 touchdown and just four interceptions to lead the upstart Lions back not only into NFL relevance, but true significance: The most anticipated matchup of the regular season is certainly when the Lions play the currently undefeated Packers on Thanksgiving Day.