The Giants didn’t sign him to trade him to watch him win playoff games somewhere else.
But that’s exactly what Odell Beckham Jr. did on Monday night with the Los Angeles Rams, taking his first postseason win.
That’s more than the Giants’ zero playoff wins (and games) in the three years since the infamous deal. Giants grandmaster Dave Gettleman has since also been sacked.
Beckham was the catalyst for the Rams in a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He caught four passes for 54 yards, touched down and completed the pass for 40 yards.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, he became the first player in NFL postseason history to hit for 30 yards and complete a 30-yard pass in the same game.
He scored the first touchdown of the game with a 4-yard TD pass from Matt Stafford in the first quarter, tapping his toes in the far left corner of the end zone. He caught a 17-yard pass at the start of the same drive.
He then caught a 31-yard pass down to the Cardinals’ 2-yard line in the second quarter – in a game designed especially for him – to create Stafford’s 1-yard timing for 14-0.
Beckham also made a 40-yard pass to the Rams running back Cam Akers in the third quarter to help Stafford make a 7-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp. This increased the Rams’ lead to 28-0.
Gettleman memorably signed Beckham to a five-year, $90 million extension in August 2018 before selling at a discount in March 2019 to NFL Siberia’s Cleveland Browns.
This fall, the Browns’ organization chose Baker Mayfield over Beckham. Beckham’s father has gone public with rampant examples of the Browns quarterback’s shortcomings and unwillingness to throw the ball to his son.
This helped OBJ break out of a toxic situation to sign with the Rams, the organization that first offered him a deal with the Giants in the spring of 2018.
And on Monday, Beckham was successful in his second career playoff game on the big stage at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The win improved the Rams’ record to 6-3 since signing him in November.
It was a meaningful playoff rebound for Beckham, whose only previous playoff appearance was his four catches, 28-yard loss in the Giants’ 38-13 loss at Green Bay in January 2017.
That night, he punched a hole in the wall of the visitors’ locker room, voicing frustration after a tumultuous week that began with an infamous and ill-advised boat trip to Miami six days earlier, led by veteran Victor Cruz.
Last year, Beckham repaired a torn ACL when the Browns made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and beat the Steelers before losing to the Chiefs.
The Giants have a 14-35 record and haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since they traded Beckham.
Their offense ranked 18th, 31st, and 31st in the three years following his trade, respectively. Two head coaches were fired: Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge.
The leaders in yards over the past three years were Darius Slayton (740) in 2019, Slayton again (751) in 2020 and Kenny Golladay (521) last season.
Beckham passed the 1,000 yard mark in four of his five seasons with the Giants and passed the 1,300 yard mark three times, peaking at 1,450 in 2015. The only season he didn’t go over 1,000 yards was in 2017, when he broke his ankle in four games.
Now he’s flying with the Rams, who are set to become a free agent after the season, doing everything he can to make sure the teams that left him make a big mistake.