Madden curse watch: A Calvin Johnson retrospective

Thanks to the fine folks at TMZ, we now have video proof that the great John Madden himself believes the Madden curse has finally been broken. All it took was a herculean-effort from Calvin Johnson in 2012 to disrupt the long-running NFL hex. In honor of Madden’s proclamation, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at five of Megatron’s biggest moments on his curse (and record) breaking campaign.

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Week 3 at Tennessee Titans

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Johnson erupted for a 10 catch, 164 yard, one touchdown performance in a wild loss to the Titans. It was here that he first served notice to the league that he had no intention of letting the curse derail his season.

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Week 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Even though he was touchdown-less, Johnson was instrumental in moving the Lions down the field as he hauled in five catches for 99 yards before the Jaguars even recorded a first down.

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Week 10 at Minnesota Vikings

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Megatron followed up his big  game against the Jaguars with a 207 yard outburst against the division rival Vikings. Despite his effort, however, the Lions fell to the Vikings 34-24.

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Week 13 vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Johnson was a human highlight reel during his 13 catch, 171 yard performance against the Colts. He hauled in an impressive one-handed catch down the sideline, as well as a third quarter touchdown that gave the Lions the lead. Unfortunately, Andrew Luck led a miraculous comeback to spoil another monster day for Megatron.

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Week 16 vs.  Atlanta Falcons

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On a Saturday night in Detroit, it finally happened. Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s long-standing record for receiving yards in a single season, and for all intents and purposes the Madden curse as well. The craziest part was, he still have a game to play. Johnson crossed 200 yards for the second time in the season, but as was the case too many times victory still managed to escape the Lions’ clutches.

Calvin Johnson 2012 stats: 122 catches/1,964 yards/5 touchdowns

Madden curse stats: BROKEN

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