Here are the top-five performances that WR Odell Beckham Jr. had while still a member of the New York Giants.
So now we’ve all had some time to process the fact that the New York Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Many aren’t happy about it, but tempers have seemingly calmed.
At this point, the only highlights of OBJ in a Giants uniform that we’ll be able to watch are the one’s that have already happened. Such as the one-handed catch, the 200-plus yard game against the Baltimore Ravens in 2016, along with many, many more.
That being said, let’s take a look at the top-five games Beckham played while in a Giants uniform.
5. 2018 Week 5 Loss to the Carolina Panthers on the Road
The 1-3 Giants went on the road to face the Carolina Panthers, a team holding a 2-1 record through three games. Big Blue was searching for a big win, and although that’s not the outcome that occurred, we still saw a fantastic game from Odell Beckham.
Beckham had eight receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown. The 131 yards were his third-highest total of the 12 games he played in 2018.
The one score OBJ had was from 33 yards out in the fourth quarter. The catch in the back of the end zone from Beckham gave the Giants a 23-20 lead.
Receiving wasn’t the only triumph from Beckham in this game, however. In the second quarter, Beckham received a backward pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Beckham then proceeded to launch a 57-yard touchdown to a wide-open Saquon Barkley. It was the first touchdown pass of Beckham’s career and his first of two in 2018.
However, the Panthers pulled away with a 33-31 win when kicker Graham Gano connected on a 63-yard field goal as time expired.
4. 2015 Week 14 Win Against the Miami Dolphins on the Road
The Giants came into Miami with a 5-7 record; essentially out of the playoffs at that point. The Dolphins were also 5-7, playing in what became an evenly-matched game on Monday Night Football. Big Blue eventually pulled away with a 31-24 win, and couldn’t have done it without Beckham’s success against the Miami secondary.
OBJ finished with seven receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in the second half as well.
Beckham caught a six-yard touchdown from Manning in the third quarter, as he toe-dragged at the edge of the end-zone. This score tied the game at 24-24. Additionally, in the fourth quarter, Beckham caught an 84-yard touchdown, as he split the defensive backs and gained great separation through the middle of the field. The touchdown gave the Giants the lead at 31-24, as that became the eventual final score.
3. 2014 Week 15 Win Against the Washington Redskins at Home
At 4-9, the Giants knew they were out of playoff contention when they faced the 3-10 Redskins at MetLife Stadium. However, this was an NFC East rival, which gave OBJ motivation to expose the Washington defense.
Beckham hauled in 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns, cutting up the secondary on all ends of the field. His three scores marked a career-high for the then-rookie.
In the first quarter, Beckham caught a 10-yard pass touchdown pass from Manning to take a 7-3 lead. He then had a great second half, in which he caught a 35-yard touchdown and six-yard touchdown in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Beckham helped propel the Giants offense to put up 24 points on the Redskins, and eventually defeat the division rival 24-13.
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2. 2014 Week 12 Loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Home
The 3-7 Giants hosted the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys in a primetime Sunday Night Football match up. At 7-3, the Cowboys were looking to eventually win the division and go on a playoff run in that 2014 season. However, Beckham played as if he had other plans.
With 10 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns, Beckham became an absolute star that night. He had one score early in the first quarter from three-yards out to give the Giants a 7-0 lead. However, it was his second touchdown that launched the receiver into superstardom.
Later in the first quarter, Manning threw a 43-yard pass to Beckham, one in which OBJ caught it one handed right at the goal line. Landing right in the end zone without stepping out of bounds at all, it became the single-greatest catch many fans have ever seen. Although the Giants eventually fell to the Cowboys 31-28, many became familiar with Beckham. He became a household name that night, as the catch jumpstarted his rise through the ranks of wide receivers throughout the league.
1. 2016 Week 6 Win Against the Baltimore Ravens at Home
The Giants were on a three-game losing streak after starting off the year at 2-0. They hosted the 3-2 Ravens at MetLife Stadium in a very winnable game that the Giants desperately needed.
This game was during a rough patch for Beckham, who had a 23-yard performance in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings and a 56-yard performance the following week against the Green Bay Packers. If you remember a few weeks before that, Beckham had it out with a kicking net on the sideline in a Week 3 loss to the Redskins. OBJ was even quoted in those few weeks saying that he wasn’t “having fun anymore” playing football.
However, against the Ravens, Beckham redeemed himself with his best game all season.
With eight receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns, Beckham helped propel the Giants to a 27-23 win over Baltimore. OBJ’s 222 yards still stands today as a career-high for the LSU product.
Beckham’s first score of the game came in the third quarter, where Manning launched a 75-yard pass to him which he took to the house down the right sideline. This gave the Giants a 17-13 lead.
Then late in the fourth quarter, Manning hit Beckham on a fourth down slant, as Beckham outran the Baltimore secondary for a 66-yard score. MetLife Stadium erupted and the touchdown gave the Giants the 27-23 lead and the eventual win.
The win over the Ravens provided momentum for Beckham the rest of the year and he eventually made his third-straight Pro Bowl.