The Giants lost a heartbreaker to the Patriots on Sunday by a score of 27-26. Wide receiver Odell Beckham jr. tallied four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
On the second offensive play for the New York Giants, Manning connected downfield with OBJ for an 87 yard touchdown. Despite his spetacular play in the first quarter, after the game Beckham was more focused on the end result of the game than his touchdown reception saying,
“At this point, it doesn’t really matter," said Beckham. "A touchdown in the first couple minutes of the game and we still lose the game because of me. It’s not something that’s going to sleep well.”
Beckham jr was referring to a play late in the fourth quarter. He went up and made the catch, which was originally called a touchdown, but after coming down with it Malcolm Butler knocked the ball away and out of the hands of OBJ. After being reviewed, the call was reversed, and an incomplete pass was called.
“We lost the game. I lost us the game with the play down in the end zone, a play that should have been made. You can’t leave it up to the officials to get anything right. You’ve got to make the play yourself and it was just a case of playing the play longer than the opponent.”
When asked if he felt like he had the ball, Beckham was straightforward.
“Yeah. I mean I caught it," stated the Giants wideout. "I trust in my hands. I go up and catch it. You come down with two feet and you can’t try to do anything too early. You’ve got to complete the whole process. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to.”
This is just another example of the confusion between what deciphers a catch between a drop. There have been a few infamous plays to point to such as Calvin Johnson’s catch that was ruled incomplete, and even last year in the playoffs where Dez Bryant’s catch was overturned to incomplete.
No one will be able to say that Beckham jr. doesn’t take responsibility for the play, even if he doesn’t need to. The Giants are going into the bye week with a tough taste in their mouths. They are still firmly in contention for the NFC East where both the Eagles and Cowboys lost. After the bye they will go to Landover, Maryland to play the Washington Redskins.