EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham turned an otherwise boring afternoon at MetLife Stadium that appeared as if it might be headed for another embarrassing New York Giants loss, into a record-setting, exciting afternoon that gave yet another glimpse of what could be a bright future for the Giants.
Beckham was the unquestioned star of Sunday's 24-13 victory by the Giants. He caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Along the way Beckham surpassed Jeremy Shockey's record for receiving yards by a Giants rookie. Shockey had 894 in 2002. Beckham now has 972 yards receiving.
Beckham gave the Giants a 17-13 lead on a 35-yard pass from Eli Manning, a short crossing route Beckham ran in for a score. The catch gave the Giants lead and gave Beckham the franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie, pushing him past the 894 yards Jeremy Shockey compiled in 2002. Beckham now has 972 yards on 71 receptions, three shy of Shockey's record for catches by a rookie.
Beckham had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the first half and added a game-clinching 6-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. He also had a 30-yard touchdown catch wiped out by a holding penalty on Justin Pugh.
Controversial ending to first half
Don't miss our discussion of the controversial RGIII fumble/non-fumble that ending the first half, and ended up actually being a 10-point swing in the game. It also cost the Redskins Santana Moss, who got ejected for arguing too vociferously.
Big Second Half for Giants
For much of the season the Giants have been unable to finish games. Not Sunday as they outscored Washington, 17-3, in the second half. They Giantstrailed at the half, 10-7, escaping from being further behind thanks to the call on Griffin's fumble. The two penalties on Santana Moss allowed them to kick off from the Washington 35-yard line. They converted a 32-yard Josh Brown field goal to tie the game at 10-10.
Here is the onside kick recovery:
The Redskins took a 13-10 lead on a 38-yard field goal by Forbath with 4:07 left in the third quarter. The rest of the game was the Beckham Show, with the defensive line as the supporting cast.
Pass Rush Shows Up Again
The Giants struggled to cover Washington receivers early in the game, but once they got the lead a suffocating pass rush took care of that problem. The Giants sacked Colt McCoy, who left early in the first quarter, and RGIII, seven times. Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins each had 2.5 sacks. That is now 22 sacks for the Giants over the last three games.
The Giants go on the road next Sunday to face the up-and-coming St. Louis Rams. The Rams are 6-8, and will have the advantage of having extra rest after losing to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. That will be a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff with the game televised on FOX.