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WR Calvin Johnson living up to $132 million deal in record-breaking season for lowly Lions

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and his father, Calvin Sr., walk off the field after the Lions' NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a 26-yard pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yards receiving mark of 1,848. Johnson also became the only player with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row in league history. He had 11 receptions for 225 yards, giving him 1,892 this season. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson hugs Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Johnson broke the single-season record for receiving yards. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)The Associated Press

Calvin Johnson has done everything he can to live up to the $132 million, eight-year contract the Detroit Lions gave him.

The Lions haven't gotten a return on their investment in many other players. They've lost seven straight, the league's longest active skid, after reaching .500 at the midway mark of a disappointing season.

Johnson has been perhaps Detroit's only bright spot. He broke Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record in Saturday night's 31-18 loss to Atlanta. He has 1,892 yards receiving going into the Lions' finale against Chicago.

With 11 receptions for 225 yards against the Falcons, he also became the only player in NFL history with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and with 10-plus receptions in four games in a row.

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