Entries in Calvin Johnson (26)


ESPN: Lions Bring Back CB Rashean Mathis 

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions have re-signed corner back Rashean Mathis to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.
The 34-year-old Mathis started all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 54 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

The former first-team All-Pro rejoins corner back Darius Slay and safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin in the Lions' secondary.

Mathis helped the Lions become one of the best defenses in the NFL last season. Detroit tied with Kansas City for second in the league in points allowed per game.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Lions Rally Past Bears, Setting Stage for Huge Matchup with Packers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Down four with less than eight minutes to go, the Detroit Lions scored 10 unanswered points to beat the Chicago Bears 20-14 Sunday.

The Lions (11-4) will now take on the Packers in Green Bay next Sunday with the winner earning the NFC North championship.

The Bears (5-10) started Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. He completed 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards, logging two touchdowns and an interception in the loss.

Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 103 yards in the win.

"This is what we play for," Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said. "We're right there on the door step, we have one more task ahead of us and that's to go out next week and get another W."

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 243 yards, putting him over 4,000 yards for the fourth straight year.

If the Lions win next week in Green Bay, they will have their highest win total since 1991.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Lions Defeat the Bears, 34-17

Leon Halip.Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Megatron simply could not be stopped on Thursday as the Detroit Lions improved to 8-4 on the season after taking down the Chicago Bears 34-17.

Calvin Johnson dominated the game as he caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also crossed the 10,000-receiving-yards mark for his career, and became the fastest player in NFL history to do so.

"Guys still believe in what we got going here," Johnson said. "We had a good week of practice -- it was a very short week, but we were very detailed in what we did on the field, coaches taking care of us. It's our part to come out here and do our job on the field."

Lions running back Joique Bell also had a great day, as he carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was the only Lion with a rushing attempt.

The Lions defense also handled the Bears' run game. The team carried the ball eight times for a grand total of 13 yards, good for just 1.6 yards per attempt.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 31 of 48 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Patriots Silence Lions

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.

The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.

The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.

LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.

The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Lions Considering Sitting Calvin Johnson Sunday

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson is dealing with a high ankle injury that may cause him to miss the team's game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, he is "strongly" considering sitting the four-time Pro Bowler.

While Johnson said Wednesday he is working hard to be on the field Sunday, he didn't sound that optimistic. "You want to be smart," Johnson said."You don't want to put yourself in a position where you can't be there for the team when it comes down to it there at the end, and that's what we're trying to be smart about right now."

Johnson played the last two games with the injury, which he says hurts most when planting his foot in the ground.

Through five games this season, Johnson has compiled 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson twice in the first quarter for touchdowns and never looked back in the Lions 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Stafford passed for 346 yards with two touchdown passes to Johnson in the victory.

"I don't work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive," Stafford said. "On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open."

Johnson finished with seven receptions, 163 yards, and the two early touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a career high 27 interceptions last season, added two on opening night and was 18 of 33 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

"No excuses. We played very poorly," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We don't have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn't move the ball, couldn't stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance."

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Lions Welcome Giants to Ford Field on Monday Night

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions will welcome the New York Giants to Ford Field this Monday Night in their season opener.

The Lions will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines this year with Jim Caldwell. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was fired in the off-season after compiling a record of 29-51 in five seasons at the helm.

Detroit’s offense will be led once again by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford is the only quarterback in league history to pass for 4,500 yards or more in three of his first five seasons. In the last three seasons, Johnson has 5,137 receiving yards.

Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants will be running the West Coast offense this season under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Last year, Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Calvin Johnson: 'We Need to Win a Super Bowl'

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

"We need to win a Super Bowl," Johnson said. "That's the No. 1 thing. That's the No. 1 thing [and] should be for every team going into the beginning of the year."

"We're definitely in a place where we feel we could do that."

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

"It's an overall change and vibe here, and we love it," Johnson said of working under Caldwell. "We're going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he's helped bring us together, and we're doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going."

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


WR Golden Tate Signs with Lions

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions signed receiver Golden Tate to a five-year deal Wednesday.

Tate told ESPN's Josina Anderson the deal is worth $31 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.

Tate, 25, had 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last season.

Tate joins an offense that was third in the NFL in passing yards last season.

“Not only because I’m going to have the opportunity to learn from Calvin (Johnson), but (Matthew) Stafford has a great arm, a strong arm. I see this team being good, being good for a long time, winning a bunch of games," Tate said Wednesday at his introductory press conference. “You know, I was sitting in my bed last night watching highlights of Detroit and I just felt like I could call this place home.”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


Tucker Boots Ravens Past Lions 18-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Baltimore Ravens are getting hot at the right time.

Justin Tucker kicked six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds remaining, to lift the defending Super Bowl champions over the Detroit Lions 18-16 on Monday night.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to let Tucker try the field goal on a fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.

"If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "It's because they think I can make the kick."

Matthew Stafford threw for 235 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Lions (7-7), who have now lost control of their own postseason destiny.  They fell to third place in the NFC North behind the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers and will need outside help in order to make the playoffs.

"This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out."

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam intercepted Stafford to seal the victory for Baltimore (8-6). 

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio