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Was Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch against the Cowboys the greatest NFL show of all time? Revisiting the masterpiece of ex-Giants WR

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It’s been eight years since wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the greatest catches in NFL history. It was November 23, 2014 at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning backed up at the 50-yard line and threw a pass down and into the end zone.

Odell Beckham Jr. was covered by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Brandon Carr. As he reached the end zone, OBJ pedaled back and stuck an arm in the air. He caught the ball in the air and fell on his back and into the end zone for a touchdown.

8 years ago today Odell Beckham Jr landed one of the greatest catches of all time @obj

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8 years ago today Odell Beckham Jr landed one of the greatest catches of all time @obj Did you see this wrestling live? 🤔

Despite OBJ’s dynamic one-handed catch, the New York Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys 31-28 in that game.

Eight years later, it still looks like one of the best takes in the NFL. In the years that followed, other wide receivers such as Justin Jefferson and Antonio Brown made their own one-handed catches. However, the excitement of the original take never lost its thrill.

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OBJ himself has been able to make one-handed catches since his time with the Giants. Even these spectacular captures did not make headlines like the first one.

As athletes, especially wide receivers, become faster and even more athletic, one-handed grabs and dynamic plays have become commonplace. In some ways, it feels like the magic has gotten a little lost, but with every new take, there are always gasps of wonder. In each case, people remember Beckham Jr.’s take all those years ago.

Which NFL team will Odell Beckham Jr. sign with?

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. got his first Super Bowl ring in February as the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium. Beckham unfortunately suffered a torn ACL during the first half of the match and had to undergo surgery to repair his knee injury.

Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. plans to visit the Cowboys and Giants after Thanksgiving, per @RapSheet

Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. plans to visit the Cowboys and Giants after Thanksgiving, per @RapSheet

He has since spent the past few months rehabbing and as a free agent he couldn’t sign with a team until he was back to 100% full health. Now is the time for the 30-year-old wide receiver to make up his mind.

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After Thanksgiving, he is expected to visit the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. The two teams will face off on Thanksgiving, with many speculating that he will sign the winner of the game.

The Giants and Cowboys are both 7-3 and have playoff dreams ahead of them. Would a reunion with the New York Giants help both Beckham and the team get back to the top? Or would a marquee wide receiver finally help the Dallas Cowboys break this Super Bowl drought? NFL fans should know that soon enough.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org