The Giants suffered about as brutal regular season loss as a team could endure and their top offensive playmaker is taking the blame for a bitter 27-26 defeat to the New England Patriots.
On 1st-and-goal from the Patriots 5 with 2:06 left in the game, Eli Manning slung a pass in the direction of Odell Beckham Jr. who appeared to have two feet in bounds before the ball was knock out of his grasp by cornerback Malcolm Butler.
The Giants were initially awarded a touchdown, but the play on the field was reversed upon replay review. The officials determined that Beckham did not complete the catch and New York was forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal.
Big Blue captured a brief one-point lead before Patriots placekicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 53 yarder with one second remaining to catapult New England to its ninth straight win.
Beckham’s drop was a determining factor in the game and the young star didn’t hide the fact that he let his teammates down.
“Yes, I dropped it,” admitted Beckham. “I didn’t catch the touchdown. We could have had a touchdown and made the Patriots go down and score [a touchdown] and not put a kicker who is one of the best kickers in the league for a chance kick the field goal.”
Entering Sunday’s contest, the Giants had won three straight games over the Patriots with all of them including a late game winning touchdown drive orchestrated by quarterback Eli Manning.
In Week 10, the Giants potential scoring drive stalled at New England’s 5 yard line as Beckham missed a prime opportunity to play the role of hero. While it appeared Beckham did everything in his power to secure the catch, the NFL rules state that the receiver must catch the ball and become a runner capable of making a football move. According to the officiating crew, New York’s top wideout didn’t do enough to make the completion.
"I caught it," said Beckham. "I go up and catch it. One foot down, two feet down and then the ball gets knocked out. It doesn’t really matter. You can’t leave it up to the refs to make any kind of call. At the end of the day it’s all on us and now it’s on me."