Heading into the last game of the season, there had been hope that the Giants were poised to end the season on a high note, riding a three game winning streak and catching a dejected Eagles team at what appeared to be the right time. It did not ultimately work out that way for the Giants, losing a hard-fought battle and falling to their divisional rivals by an 8-point margin.
What was a forgone conclusion however was that rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr. would be ending the season on a high note, and it was no surprise that the Eagles could not stop the unstoppable. Chasing Michael Irvin’s record of consecutive games with at least 90 yards, Beckham would go on to tie the record and could even argue that he broke it – accomplishing the feat in-game twice over with over 180 yards receiving to go with another highlight reel touchdown and 12 receptions.
Beckham has found himself drawing attention from the opposition, from the respect of Richard Sherman in Seattle to the less flattering cheap shots he received last week in St. Louis. Some felt the Eagles continued where St. Louis left off, hitting Beckham a few times with hits that bordered on dirty.
“I don’t know if it was dirty,” stated Beckham. “I didn’t see the play,” Beckham said of the hit where he took his helmet off on the sideline. “It is not fun to get hit, period. I thought there were some calls that could’ve went the other way. Today they just didn’t. That is part of football. That is part of the game. You play through adversity.”
Adversity was a theme throughout the game for Beckham. He dealt with the occasional late hit, questionable officiating, more missed targets than usual and even appeared to be ailing with some sort of illness.
“I don’t know what it was but running around, the weather or whatever it may be, I got nauseous,” Beckham said of being sick during the game. “I was trying to get my stomach and everything else to calm down.”
Beckham will have to wait a long eight months to carry over the momentum, but he knows the Giants have some things to be excited for going forward. With Rueben Randle finishing the season on the high note as well, Giants fans may finally get to see the trio they envisioned of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham finally playing together.
“I definitely have seen us growing in the offense and get rolling,” admitted Beckham. “Unfortunately, it is too late,” Beckham said of the offense’s late surge. “All you can do is look into next year with a smile on your face. Praying for my brother Victor [Cruz] to get healthy and have a return that will be worth the wait. Rueben [Randle], Vic [Cruz], myself. So much to look forward to next year.”
If what Beckham has delivered so far is any indication, Giants fans have a lot to look forward to indeed.