Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Need Beckham to Deliver

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Need Beckham to Deliver

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Eli Manning was confident in the Giants' chances of making a big play, but admitted later he probably should not have thrown the football.

Odell Beckham Jr. believes he should have caught the ball, even though in hindsight the degree of difficulty suggests otherwise.

The game-changing interception by Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas triggered a 21-point onslaught that sent the Giants to their fourth consecutive loss.

Yet beyond the turnover for which Manning and Beckham have claimed responsibility, the underlying reason for why the gamble was taken showed itself in postgame praise from an unlikely source: Richard Sherman. The Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback covered Beckham and had his hands full for much of the game, including on that pass to the end zone.

"Beckham is a great player," Sherman said after the Giants' 38- 17 defeat a week ago in Seattle. "So they had to depend on him and take risks and take shots in games like this."

The Giants (3-6) continue to search for the one big play that will get them back into the win column as they head into today's clash with the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.

They'll welcome Rashad Jennings back from a knee injury and hope he re-ignites what has been a dormant running game since he was hurt in the Giants' last victory against Atlanta.

The offense has devolved - or evolved, depending on perspective and potential - into the Manning-Beckham show with seemingly everybody else serving a complementary role.

In trying to make what would have been a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch, an improbable exclamation point on another impressive individual performance, Beckham inadvertently tipped the ball away from Sherman and into the arms of Thomas, whose presence there was simply a matter of hustle and instinct.

The fact that Manning, whose career-best streak of 176 pass attempts without an interception ended, had enough trust in Beckham to go after Sherman in that spot late in the third quarter of a tie game is testament to the level of playmaker the Giants believe they have in their 2014 first-round pick from LSU. …

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