Flipper: The Greatest Receiving Day in NFL History

Calvin Johnson’s robotic-like production each week has fittingly earned him the nickname "Megatron." In Week 8 he's nearly broken the NFL’s all-time single-game receiving record in a thriller against the Dallas Cowboys.  Johnson led his Lions to a 31-30 last minute victory, finishing his afternoon with 14 catches for an amazing 329 yards and a touchdown.

Now, take a minute and rewind back to November of 1989.  Coming into the twelfth week of the season, second-year wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson's greatest performance had been a 112-yard output eight weeks earlier. That was all about to change in a big way as Anderson recorded one of the greatest offensive displays in NFL history during the Los Angeles Rams' overtime win against the New Orleans Saints.

With their leading receiver Henry Ellard on the sidelines, the Rams were relying on Anderson to have a heavier presence on offense. He responded by shattering the NFL record for receiving yards in a game. During the afternoon, he caught 15 passes for 336 yards and one touchdown. The previous mark at that point was held by Stephone Paige of the Kansas City Chiefs just four years prior (1985).

To add to the legend of the game, it was Anderson who put the exclamation point on his amazing afternoon catching a 26-yard pass in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal giving the Rams a 20-17 victory.