It was his first playoff game, the biggest game of his life, and Odell Beckham Jr. (three drops, one a dropped touchdown) came up too small, smaller than Justin Bieber, quieter than Trey Songz.
But while common sense tells most of us that spending his off day last Sunday night and Monday with his entertainer friends had nothing to do with his no-show, Beckham made this boat, the same way Tony Romo made his Cabo boat cavorting with Jessica Simpson, and now he’ll have to sink with it.
Because in a game that was there for the taking, on the stage he has dreamed of doing Jerry Rice things, he failed to make the big-time catches that big-time players are supposed to make. The catches that Randall Cobb (three TDs) was making all night in the Packers’ 38-13 rout.
Aaron Rodgers (four TD passes) fulfilled his mandate as the best Packer.
For Eli Manning to have any chance of being Playoff Eli, he needed Beckham, the captain of his ship, to be the best player on Lambeau Field not named Aaron Rodgers. Beckham had four catches for 28 yards on 11 targets. His bid to be legendary in a Legacy Game turned into a legendary drop of the ball.
This wasn’t any Catch-13: Beckham wasn’t damned if he did, only damned if he didn’t, and he didn’t.
And damn if he didn’t add possible injury to insult by punching a hole in a wall outside the visiting locker room after facing the music in a separate interview room.