With over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns, actually stopping the man known as "Megaton" can scare a defensive coordinator into sleepless nights, but that's exactly what Perry Fewell had to game-plan for and his plan on Sunday was putting Prince Amukamara on Johnson instead of rotating between Amukamara and the 5'8" Trumaine McBride, who may have been seriously undermatched if he were to have drawn the assignment of covering Johnson.
Up until yesterday, Amukamara had not been given Corey Webster's old job as the number one cornerback who shadowed the opponent's best receiver, but the Giants made the exception for Johnson and it ended up proving to be a smart move by Fewell and the Giants as Johnson was held to three catches for 43 yards and no touchdowns as the Giants were able to get a 23-20 overtime victory over the Lions at Ford Field on Sunday to end their postseason hopes.
Granted, Johnson was also bothered by a knee injury during the game and it bothered him to the point where it landed him on the sideline a lot more than the Lions probably would have liked, but in the NFL, there's no making excuses for the injuries that happen to your team; the Giants know this better than anything else with their laundry list of players on the injured reserve.
Despite being able to handle the NFL's best receiver with relative ease, Amukamara admitted after the game that just his presence alone makes it nerve-racking to try and cover Megatron on the field, but was honored that the Giants felt comfortable enough to have him shadow Johnson on Sunday.
"You do feel special when you get the assignment to match up against the receiver, and everyone knows that Megatron is all-world," Amukamara said. "So I had my hands full when he was in."
Before the 2013 year started, Amukamara felt that he could become a shutdown-type corner in the NFL similar to Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks and with Webster's career with the Giants likely over after this season, Amukamara will likely get more opportunities after Sunday to draw the opponents best receiver and will get more chances to show the league that he is in fact a shutdown corner in the league just like Revis and Sherman.
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