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Calvin Johnson talks about potentially breaking Jerry Rice's receiving record

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said it would be huge to break Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yardage record.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said it would be huge to break Jerry Rice's landmark single-season receiving yardage record. "You never know when you're going to be in this position again so you have to best take advantage of it," Johnson said.

Rice recorded 1,848 yards receiving with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. Johnson has 1,257 yards through the first 11 games of the season. Johnson said that breaking the record is possible, "you just have to get over that 100 mark every game, which is not hard." Johnson is keeping the record in the back of his mind for the rest of the season.

Johnson has gained at least 129 yards receiving in each of the Lions' last four games. He will need to average 118.4 yards per game in the five final games of the season to break Rice's record. Johnson's 1,681 receiving yards from last season ranks seventh on the all-time list.