Lions WR Calvin Johnson surpasses 700 career receptions

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson moved past the 700-catch mark for his career on Sunday. AP Photo/Duane Burleson

DETROIT -- Calvin Johnson ran right through the middle of the field and, as he has done so many times throughout his career, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found the receiver in stride.

It appeared to be just another Stafford-to-Johnson play during a two-minute drill, but it did represent more. It was Johnson’s 700th career reception, making him the first Lions player to reach the mark. Johnson is the ninth player in league history to reach 700 receptions in his first nine seasons.

Johnson had four receptions in the first half Sunday against Oakland, allowing him to pass Gary Clark (699) on the all-time receptions list. Johnson, who entered the game with 697 catches, also tied Joey Galloway for No. 43 on the all-time NFL receptions list with 701.

Next up for Johnson is Santana Moss, who has 732 receptions.

But Johnson wasn’t the only Lions player moving up career NFL ledgers Sunday.

Stafford entered Sunday at No. 76 on the NFL career passing yards list (24,039). With 185 yards in the first half, he moved up three spots, passing Steve Beuerlein (24,046), Steve Bartkowski (24,124) and former Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper (24,153).

Next up for Stafford is Matt Schaub, who entered Sunday with 24,311 yards.