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Lions notes looks at Calvin Johnson's final stats for 2012, Jason Hanson's record Sunday and much more.
- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson saw his streak of 100-yard games come to an end on Sunday, as he finished with 5 catches for 72 yards against the Chicago Bears. As a result, he came up short of 2,000 yards receiving on the season. To be exact, he was 36 yards short since he closed out 2012 with a total of 1,964 yards on 122 catches. Although it's certainly a bit of a disappointment, Johnson did become the first receiver in NFL history to break the 1,900-yard mark, so that's definitely still something to be proud of.
- Lions kicker Jason Hanson broke a couple records on Sunday. Most notably, he set a single-season franchise record for points scored with 134 on the season. (Hanson held the old record of 132 points in 1995.) This is thanks in large part to all of the field goals he kicked this season, as he finished with 32 makes on 36 attempts.
- Hanson also broke the NFL record for most field goals in a career from 40 or more yards. Morten Andersen held the old record, and Hanson passed him with his 188th career kick from 40+ on Sunday.
- Matthew Stafford broke the NFL record for pass attempts in a single season on Sunday. He passed Drew Bledsoe for the top spot and finished 2012 with a total of 727 attempts (36 more than the old record).
- Given this news, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the job Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus did in 2012.
Gosder Cherilus has been battling two sports hernias since week two. He's getting them fixed this week in Philly. #Lions— Tom Leyden (@TomLeyden) December 30, 2012
- There wasn't much to the battle between Lions center Dominic Raiola and Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton on Sunday.
Bears DT Henry Melton on Dominic Raiola: "I don't think we said anything to each other. We had a couple stare downs. That was about it."— Carlos Monarrez (@cmonarrez) December 30, 2012
- I don't know if they are just really upset with the NHL or what, but Lions fans booed Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland when he was shown on the video boards at Ford Field on Sunday.
- Former Lions running back Barry Sanders sent out his congratulations to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for breaking 2,000 yards rushing on Sunday.
I'd like to congratulate @adrianpeterson on an amazing season, comeback, and career thus far. Its nice to welcome you to the 2K club.— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) December 31, 2012