It’s been a strange season for Odell Beckham Jr. for a number of reasons, but maybe most of all due to his lack of scoring. After catching 25 touchdown passes over his first two seasons alone, the Giants wide receiver entered Week 5 of 2016 without a touchdown.
Beckham finally ended the drought on Sunday though, and in impressive fashion at that. After quarterback Eli Manning was able to buy time, the two-time Pro Bowler was able to get himself freed up in the very back of the end zone, leap for the overthrown pass and come down in bounds by the absolute slimmest of margins. It’s unclear if his heel ever touched the ground or not, but had it, Beckham may have been out of bounds and the touchdown nullified.
The play survived a review, as no angle could convincingly show Beckham wasn’t in bounds. But hey, judge for yourself.
In the back of the end zone…
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2016
As if it wasn’t strange enough that Beckham is only visiting the end zone for the first time in the Giants’ fifth game of the season, the 23-year-old had a different kind of exchange on the sideline than we’ve become used to. Rather than doing battle with a kicking net — and losing, as he has in the past — he went over an embraced the inanimate object.
Unfortunately for Beckham, the Giants still lost the game despite his fourth quarter touchdown, dropping their third contest of the season by a score of 23-16 at the hands of the Packers. Beckham got his with five catches for 56 yards and the TD, and most importantly, avoid any emotional outbursts or unsavory tantrums. Still, the result can’t be sitting well despite finally finding the end zone.