Tuesday, November 25, 2014

the greatest catch in NFL history

The consensus Sunday night, in the moment, was that New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham had just made the greatest catch in NFL history.

It was special. He reached out and grabbed a ball well behind him for a one-handed touchdown. This came despite Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr committing a pass interference penalty on the play. And a freeze frame showed Beckham caught it with just three fingers. It was unbelievable in every way.

But was that the greatest catch in NFL history? The criterion is hard to pin down, and lists like these will always give older highlights the short shrift. I’m sure Don Hutson made some incredible catches in the 1940s, but it’s hard to know for sure.

But let’s try anyway. Here are some of the greatest catches in NFL history (and surely we’ve missed some, and surely you’ll let us know which ones), compared to Beckham’s gem last night:

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