There may have been spectacular catches made in bigger moments—leaping touchdown catches in the Super Bowl or diving grabs in overtime of a playoff race. There have been great catches made by great players on great teams. But New York Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham, Jr.’s twisting one-hand touchdown grab in what may end up being a meaningless NFC East divisional game against the Dallas Cowboys may go down as the greatest catch in football history.
Beckham didn’t just make a one-hand snag, the kind he notably practices during pregame warmups. He fought off Cowboys defensive end Brandon Carr, leaped sideways in the air and reeling in an over-thrown pass from Eli Manning. Beckham was practically laying flat in the air and ripped the ball from the sky with his thumb and two forefingers. Carr was flagged for pass inference on the play. Beckham’s play on Sunday Night Football prompted tweets from LeBron James, Richard Sherman, and Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin. Injured teammate Victor Cruz tweeted, “That’s the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.”
Of course, the catch started a fire on social media and the memes where nothing short of legendary.
The catch was so incredible that it overshadowed the fact that the Giants are terrible this season at 3-8 and eventually lost the game to the Cowboys 24-17. Beckham, who started the season with sidelined with a hamstring injury, is unquestionably the breakout star of the 2014-15 NFL season.
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