Stafford, Lions break Cowboys' hearts

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on October 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

 Matthew Stafford's 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Johnson's 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 win over Dallas on Sunday.

"I was yelling that I was going to spike the ball," Stafford recalled. "But their linebackers were just standing there."

The Cowboys weren't just standing around letting Johnson make catch after catch, but he made them look helpless.

Johnson almost broke an NFL record, and could celebrate the feat because of a comeback from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit that some people who entered Ford Field didn't see because they had left.

"Even our fans didn't think we could pull this one out," he said. "They were leaving, but we knew we could do it."

Johnson's total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989, in a game that went into overtime.

The Cowboys dared Detroit to throw to Johnson with a lot of one-on-one coverage. They usually asked cornerback Brandon Carr to do the improbable by defending him by himself, and sometimes attempted to slow him down with a zone.

"He had his way," Carr said. "And, we couldn't find a way to keep him from rolling."

Johnson noticed.

"It was crazy," he said. "We had a lot of one-on-one coverage today, and we were able to take advantage and hit some deep balls. Matt made some great throws to me."

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