Rueben Randle joined Odell Beckham Jr. in the Giants’ seemingly-perennial tradition of spectacular, game-changing one-handed catches. Backed up on their own 6 and facing a pivotal 3rd-and-five, Eli slightly overthrew Randle who fought off contact with Dallas’ corner Brandon Carr to rack up 44 yards and keep alive a drive that would end in a field goal.
“I think it was a little tougher between me and him down the sideline, he kind of had my left arm, stated Randle. "It was kind of tough seeing the ball as well, so at that point in time, all I had was one arm to use”
“It was key. I just wanted to make a play for my team. At that point in time, I was backed up, we needed a big play. So I tried to go out there and make a play for us, and get us out of that hole so we could put some more points on the board.”
Due to his covering Odell last year, Carr holds a dubious place in the rivalry’s history as he was the cover man on both one-handed catches.
“Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty bad luck," noted Randle.
Randle revealed that Beckham wasn’t all that impressed by the grab.
“He said he knew I could do it anyway and wasn’t surprised himself, admitted Randle. "I think everyone else was more surprised than he was.”
At 4-3, the Giants are now in sole position of first in the NFC East while also racking up another win in the divisional column. No other team in the league has played as many close games this year and Randle has embraced his Coach’s characterization of this team as “gritty”.
“We really didn’t have a choice," noted Randle.. "If we wanted to continue to keep this season going, especially to make this push into the playoffs, we needed this win. Everybody dug deep down inside and just gave everything they had out there.”
“Well, it means that we’re not going to stop, no matter what’s thrown in front of us. We’re going to face adversity each and every week, and it’s not really going to affect us at all. We’re still in the game…and until the clock says zero, we still have a chance to win a game and that’s why we’re going to keep pushing.”
New York’s next game is against the 3-4 New Orleans Saints on Sunday, November 1st.