New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman had a battle for the ages in Sunday afternoon’s 38-35 Panthers victory. The two went back-and-forth all game, resulting in multiple personal foul penalties, and this cheap shot from Beckham.
Surprisingly, Beckham wasn’t ejected for that play and ultimately scored a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter, going full Allen Iverson on Norman after making the catch.
Norman wasn’t happy after the game, going off on an expletive-based rant about the Giants wideout.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin scoffed at the idea of taking Beckham out of the game, despite the clear intent to injure Norman on his cheap shot.
He does admit, however, that Beckham got lost in the moment.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton played peacemaker after the game, saying it was “obvious was [Beckham] did,” but that he’s “an unbelievable guy,” and “I just wanted to return the favor. it’s just all fun and games.” Newton hugged Beckham after the game.
Norman may be upset, but he should find solace in the fact that his Panthers improved to 14-0 with the victory. Beckham meanwhile will likely be fined or suspended as his Giants fell to 6-8 on the season and are on the outside of the NFC playoff race with two weeks remaining.
The two players won’t face off again until next season at the absolute earliest, and I’m sure tensions between the pair will still be high.