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Calvin can't hold back emotions over Eagles' coverage

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
There was no call on this play with the Eagles' Byron Maxwell defending Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the third quarter.

Detroit — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson rarely shows his emotions in games, but he felt he had to at one point during the team's 45-14 rout of the Eagles on Thanksgiving.

After a 4-yard touchdown catch midway through the third quarter, Johnson immediately spiked the ball then turned around and shouted something in the direction of Eagles defensive back Eric Rowe and the officials.

"Oh man, they were holding a little bit," Johnson said of his on-field reaction. "Matt threw a perfect ball. ... It was just excitement, and then at the same time we've got to win those one-on-ones, especially when they're holding."

The rookie Rowe was playing physical coverage on Johnson and grabbed his jersey before the ball arrived.

Johnson completely dominated the Eagles secondary as he finished with eight catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

There was also another blatant no-call, though, on the Lions' next drive when cornerback Byron Maxwell grabbed Johnson with both hands to prevent a likely 5-yard touchdown.

"I can't accept the referees' non-call on that," Johnson said.

Fortunately for the Lions, that blown call didn't matter either, as Johnson caught a 3-yard score on safety Malcolm Jenkins two plays later.

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