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VIDEO: Remembering When Calvin Johnson Caught an Insane 50-Yard Bomb in Triple Coverage

Max Staley
VIDEO: Remembering Calvin Johnson's insane 50-yard touchdown.
VIDEO: Remembering Calvin Johnson's insane 50-yard touchdown. / Streamable
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Matthew Stafford has never quite gotten the respect he deserves. Despite having six consecutive seasons with at least 4,200 passing yards, Stafford has only been named to one Pro Bowl. In the beginning of his career, some would occasionally knock the Lions' signal-caller, arguing playing alongside Calvin Johnson made his job too easy.

Fair or not, Johnson was essentially a cheat code in his prime. And nowhere is that more evident on a single play than in this 50-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals from 2013.

Stafford had no business throwing this pass. Johnson was triple covered, and yet it just didn't matter. He somehow out-leaped all three defenders, tracks the pass, and hauls it in. Just ridiculous.

Stafford does deserve credit for throwing a strike, enduring a big hit, and even getting the throw off in the first place. But it was an ill-advised throw, at best, and Calvin Johnson might be one of the only players in NFL history that could've brought this pass down.

The herculean effort tied the game, 24-24, early in the fourth quarter, but the Bengals would ultimately go on to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired. Still, this play is remarkably fun to revisit.


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