The Cowboys won the game on Sunday night and the Giants’ long-dormant hopes of doing anything meaningful this season were officially and mercifully euthanized with the loss, but those things will recede from memory over the years.
You won’t remember all those details when you catch a replay of Odell Beckham’s one-handed touchdown catch in five years or when you’re pulling it up on the web to show your grandkid one of the most remarkable individual efforts in football history. Beckham hopes it isn’t the only one that you wind up remembering.
“I hope it’s not the greatest catch of all time,” Beckham said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I hope I can make more.”
Beckham left plenty of people impressed. His coach Tom Coughlin said that the rookie has “a gift” and safety Antrel Rolle marveled at the athletic ability that Beckham has displayed in his brief NFL career.
“For him, it’s just another day in the park,” Rolle said. “For us, it’s, ‘Wow.'”
The Cowboys were victimized by the catch, but just as blown away by its brilliance. Safety Barry Church called it, via the New York Post, “just ridiculous,” Jerry Jones went with “man among boys” and Dez Bryant referred to his fellow wideout with the term “monster” that plenty have used to describe Bryant over the years. LeBron James, Richard Sherman and others weighed in with similar takes on Beckham’s feat.
The Giants season has mostly been a disaster and they lost on Sunday night, of course, but Beckham’s arrival means that 2014 hasn’t been a total washout for the team. Now they just need to get to work on making sure that his future highlight real entries don’t come with the need to forget the outcome of the games.