Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson made an all-time great catch during Minnesota’s remarkable 33-30 win over Buffalo on Sunday.
It came in a crucial spot, preserving the Vikings’ last-ditch effort to put points on the board in a game that looked all but over early in the quarter.
But Jefferson’s catch helped keep Minnesota alive on fourth-and-long, and the Vikings eventually earned a win that kept them near the top of the NFC at 8-1.
And while several plays from the affair will long be remembered, Jefferson’s dazzling catch takes the cake.
For Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, it’s the best catch he’s seen in a long time, even better than Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch. for the Giants years ago.
“The circumstances under which Jefferson caught the ball were most impressive [than Beckham’s]. It was a 32-yard catch, it’s fourth-and-18, and it’s the catch of the year right now,” Sharpe said on “Undisputed” Monday. “… He’s probably going to win some kind of award. If you notice, if he doesn’t get that catch, it’s game over.
“… OBJ’s [catch] made it 7-3. It was phenomenal … but it wasn’t fourth-and-18 in the fourth quarter, a do-or-die situation. And also, Dallas came back and won the [Beckham] game … That was incredible. Because Jefferson’s catch, when it happened…he doesn’t get that catch, they’re losing the game!”
Skip Bayless couldn’t agree with his co-host, instead arguing that Beckham’s catch required more skill.
“It’s not even in the same stratosphere as Odell’s,” he argued. “I’ll give you a circumstance … but the point is, if I do it in the void, what’s the best catch by itself? It’s completely a hand, by itself, with nothing happening to that hand when it lands … That’s all Odell, all the time. He goes and grabs him with one hand all the way back behind his head, pulls him back to #13 and controls him to the ground as he hits the back”.
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