Odell Beckham Jr. hopes his jaw-dropping, one-handed touchdown catch for the New York Giants on Sunday night isn’t the NFL’s greatest of all time.
The rookie believes there are more great catches to come, including some he can make and celebrate.
‘‘I haven’t really seen it yet. I saw it on the replays,’’ said Beckham, who finished with 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
‘‘I hope it is not the greatest catch because with time I hope I can make more. It really means nothing. You still go home at the end of the day with a loss, and that’s just not a good feeling.’’
The catch lifted a sellout crowd of more than 80,000 fans out of their seats, and it didn’t make a difference if they were rooting for the Giants (3-8) or the Cowboys (8-3).
Watch: Odell Beckham’s amazing catch
Players on both sides couldn’t say enough and fans flooded the internet with comments about Beckham’s catch,
‘‘Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!’’ LeBron James tweeted.
Beckham’s right hand was fully extended in almost a backstroke motion while his legs were almost perpendicular to the field.
‘‘It’s special,’’ Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said. ‘‘I've got a guy on our team who makes some incredible catches. That one is right there with anything I've ever seen. That was pretty impressive.’’
Beckham, who missed the first four games of the season, agreed it was his best in a game — for now.
‘‘I guess I have to thank my mom for the long fingers,’’ said Beckham, who practices one-hand catches before every game. ‘‘Hers are maybe a half an inch shorter than mine.’’
Still, it wasn’t enough to prevent the Giants from losing their sixth straight game, as Romo led a game-winning drive after New York took a 28-21 lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Adrien Robinson with 3 minutes to play.
Reaction from the sports world:
That's the best catch I've ever seen— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) November 24, 2014
Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 24, 2014
My Goodness.... That young man is bad!!!!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 24, 2014
That catch from Odell Beckham Jr. was the best catch I've ever seen. WOW!— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) November 24, 2014
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