Beck­ham keeps cool de­spite Giants’ loss

Em­bat­tled New York wide re­ceiver scores first touch­down in Pack­ers’ 23-16 tri­umph

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­naro C. Ar­mas

GREEN BAY, WIS. >> Odell Beck­ham Jr. got his first touch­down catch of the sea­son on a night when the New York Giants’ star re­ceiver kept his cool.

All that wasn’t enough to lift the Giants on Sun­day.

Beck­ham fin­ished with five catches on 12 tar­gets for 56 yards in a 23-16 loss to Green Bay.

The Pack­ers’ in­jury-sad­dled sec­ondary lim­ited Beck­ham un­til late in the game, when a hur­ryup drive ended with Beck­ham’s 8-yard touch­down catch with 2:54 left.

The score stood on re­play re­view af­ter the re­ceiver jumped high in the air for Eli Man­ning’s pass and was ruled in­bounds af­ter strad­dling the back line of the end zone.

Beck­ham raised his both arms in the air in cel­e­bra­tion af­ter watch­ing the re­play on the Lam­beau Field video board. He fin­ished with five catches for 56 yards.

He was hav­ing fun again, though less so at the end of the night.

“You play for big­ger things than just scor­ing touch­downs. You play to win. I hate los­ing games more than I even en­joy a win,” he said.

Per­haps more im­por­tantly for the Giants, Beck­ham didn’t throw an at­ten­tion-grab­bing tantrum

like the melt­downs he had the pre­vi­ous two weeks against Minnesota and Wash­ing­ton.

In a 24-10 loss last week at Minnesota, Beck­ham

was smoth­ered by cor­ner­back Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches.

A few weeks ago against the Red­skins, an an­gry Beck­ham slammed his hel­met against a kick­ing net in an out­burst that went vi­ral.

On Sun­day night, he made up with the net, giv­ing

the net­ting a mock kiss and hug.

“Yeah, we hugged it out. Last time I hit him, he hit me back,” Beck­ham said. “I told him it was a good hit, and I said from now on we can be friends. It is what it is, man. You’ve got to have fun, you’ve got to have fun.”

Against the Pack­ers,

Beck­ham faced a de­fense mi­nus start­ing cor­ner­backs Sam Shields (con­cus­sion) and Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall (groin). Se­cond-year cor­ner­back Quin­ten Rollins drew the as­sign­ment ini­tially of de­fend­ing Beck­ham, and Man­ning looked his way early and of­ten.

“I thought ver­sus some

tough cov­er­ages where they were try­ing to take away some of the routes he ran ... and still beating them — he made some nice plays,” Man­ning said.

But the Pack­ers, of­ten rush­ing just four de­fend­ers, dis­rupted Man­ning’s tim­ing.

The quar­ter­back seemed

to hurry some throws on cross­ing routes over the mid­dle.

De­fen­sive back Micah Hyde shad­owed Beck­ham more in the se­cond half. Hyde was cred­ited with a sack of Beck­ham af­ter the re­ceiver ran what ap­peared to be a botched trick play in the third quar­ter.

MATT LUDTKE — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Odell Beck­ham runs af­ter catch­ing a pass dur­ing the Giants’ loss to Pack­ers on Sun­day.

MATT LUDTKE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Odell Beck­ham walks off field af­ter Giants’ loss to Pack­ers on Sun­day night.

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