Top 5 Moments: Giants 2016 Season Recap

The Giants Beat takes a look back at the defining five moments of Big Blue's 11-5 campaign.

The Giants had a lot of bright spots this season after a year plagued by missed opportunities. McAdoo’s new and improved unit made the playoffs for the first time in four years with a defense that was ranked at the top of the league. Here are the top five moments from the Giants’ 11-5 season. 

1. Odell Beckham Jr.. - 61-yard TD against Dallas Cowboys: This was a shining moment for the Giants’ star WR after a dismal first half. There is no better feeling than a victory at home against division rivals. OBJ showcased his speed with a perfectly executed slant late in the game. His 61-yard touchdown gave the Giants a much-needed lead going into the fourth quarter. And, then his celebratory dance came into play with a moonwalk and a regal wave to the delight of a screaming crowd at MetLife Stadium. OBJ reminded everyone why he’s one of the greatest young receivers in the league. The Dallas Cowboys were a team deemed invincible in the regular season, which made the win even more exciting.

2. Janoris Jenkins turns defense into offense in Week 2: After this season, Jenkins has made a case for himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Most QBs will think twice before throwing the ball in his direction. After week 1, the Giants could tell it would be a special season for Jenkins after he held Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant to one catch for eight yards. And, in week 2, he once again proved to be a key part of the Giants’ success. Saints’ kicker Wil Lutz was set to cap the first-half with a three-point lead, but Jonathan Hankins blocked the kick. With quick hands, Janoris Jenkins scooped and scored — turning the 38-yard field goal attempt into a 65-yard TD. The Giants ended the game with a solid 16-13 victory at home. 

3. Landon Collins' pick-six against the Los Angeles Rams: Landon Collins has been nothing short of spectacular all season after struggling in his rookie year. The second-year safety was an integral playmaker and arguably one of the Giants’ most dangerous weapons. The Giants were down 3-10 in the second quarter, when Case Keenum’s pass unexpectedly bounced off the hands of Tavon Austin. The ball ended up in Landon Collins’ arms, as he demolished the entire Rams’ defense and glided into the end zone. The play marked Collins’ second interception of the season and the first TD of his career. 

4. Odell Beckham Jr.. one-handed catch against the Detroit Lions: It’s no surprise that OBJ appears twice on the list as the Giants’ game-changing WR. After struggling to score in the beginning of the season, Beckham Jr. went back to his usual self, adding to the highlight-reel just about every week. In the Giants’ Week 15 matchup against the Detroit Lions, he helped secure the win late in the fourth quarter. His one-handed TD catch extended the lead to 17-6 and secured the win. The best part about this play has to be the close-up of the Lion’s head coach after the play — even Jim Caldwell knows there is not much you can do about it; OBJ looked unstoppable. 

5. Victor Cruz TD catch vs Dallas Cowboys: Giants fans awaited the return of Victor Cruz for what seemed like forever. His first TD since 2014 happened to be against the Giants’ biggest rivals — it could not be scripted any better than that. After scoring the game-winning touchdown on a three-yard reception, he gave the crowd his signature salsa dance. Also, we need to talk about the one person who looked even happier than Cruz, himself. It was a picturesque moment as Odell Beckham Jr. cerebrated his fellow WR’s comeback moment. 

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