NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They are arguably the two greatest catches in Giants history and could be as good as any ever pulled off in the NFL.
But which one was better?
Odell Beckham Jr. stunned the sports world Sunday night with an acrobatic, one-handed touchdown grab against the Dallas Cowboys. The play conjured memories of David Tyree’s “helmet” catch against the New England Patriots back in Super Bowl XLII.
Beckham’s grab, a 43-yard masterpiece down the right sideline, at the time gave the Giants a 14-3 lead over Dallas. The Cowboys, however, would rally in the fourth quarter to win 31-28, dropping Big Blue to 3-8.
The play led to an explosion on social media, with Twitter users paying homage to Beckham, the Giants’ first-round pick in this year’s draft.
Tyree’s catch, while not as spectacular, had more meaning as it helped the Giants continue an eventual game-winning drive in the waning minutes of the 2007 championship game.
Down 14-10, the Giants got the ball back with 2:39 left. Eli Manning used the next two minutes to move the ball 83 yards in 12 plays. Tyree’s catch came on 3rd-and-5 from their own 44. After barely avoiding a sack, a scrambling Manning uncorked a 32-yard pass down the middle to Tyree, who outjumped safety Rodney Harrison, caught the ball and then pinned it against his helmet as he crashed to the ground.
The Giants went on to win the championship — and hand the Patriots their first loss of the season — on Plaxico Burress’ 13-yard TD catch a few plays later.
So, you make the call, which was better?
Beckham, who has played in just seven games this season due to injury, has 41 catches, 609 yards and five TDs.
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