Before the New York Giants blew a fourth-quarter lead to lose their sixth straight game, their rookie wide receiver made a play that will be included on highlight reels for years to come. To begin the second quarter of their Sunday night contest with the Dallas Cowboys, Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 43-yard touchdown pass for a touchdown, making, perhaps, the greatest catch in NFL history.
Beckham Jr. was falling down towards the end zone and grabbed the pass with one hand to give the Giants a 14-3 lead. What made the catch even more impressive was that Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr was flagged on the play for interfering with Beckham Jr.
“I hope it’s not the greatest catch of all time,” Beckham Jr. said in the post-game press conference. “I hope I can make more.”
The catch brought back memories of Super Bowl XLII, when Giants receiver David Tyree pinned an Eli Manning pass against his helmet to keep New York’s game-winning drive alive. While Tyree’s grab was much more significant, Beckham Jr.’s catch might have been more impressive, considering he didn’t use his other hand or his helmet, and needed just three fingers to secure the ball.
Even if he didn’t make the amazing catch, Beckham Jr. would still be among the best, young wide receivers in the NFL. After missing the first four games of the season, the 22-year-old has recorded 31 receptions and 463 yards, including 10 catches for 146 yards on Sunday night. His three 100-yard games are already a Giants’ rookie record.
Video of Beckham Jr.’s incredible catch quickly went viral, and a few athletes took to Twitter to marvel at the play.
Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!
â€” LeBron James (@KingJames) November 24, 2014
That's the best catch I've ever seen
â€” Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) November 24, 2014
Beckham Jr. has taken over as New York’s top receiver since Victor Cruz went down for the year with an injury. He won’t be in the playoffs, though, as the loss dropped New York to 3-8 on the season.