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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 11: NFL celebrity Calvin Johnson #81 broke the franchise record for the most sacks with Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions while playing the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on October 11 2015, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

In the modern era, there have been many elite QB-WR duos, including those in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here are the top 30.

In the NFL, the quarterback gets all the glory, as they are the ones who have the ball in their hands on every play. However, they must have people to throw to, and a quarterback is sometimes only as good as his best wide receiver.

In this ranking, we look at the best QB-WR duos in modern history, which is since the Super Bowl began, and we don’t include tight ends, like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, or Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. With that said, here are the 30 best QB-WR duos in modern NFL history.

The 30 best NFL QB-WR duos in the modern era

Nº 30: Matthew Stafford y Calvin Johnson

Both Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were the top 2 picks in the NFL Draft, with Johnson ranking 2nd overall in 2007 and Stafford being the top pick overall in 2009. Together for seven seasons in Detroit, these two lit up the NFL and despite all the losses, he became one of the best quarterback and wide receiver duos in football.

From 2009 through the 2015 season, Stafford connected with Johnson 56 times for a touchdown, a remarkable tally, and helped Megatron set an NFL record for receiving yards during the 2012 season with 1,964. Johnson retired in 2015 in his prime, fresh off a 1,200-yard season, and is a member of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.


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