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3 takeaways from the 2015 Pro Bowl

Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't always make two-handed catches. But when he does, they too are highlights.


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The Giants rookie wide receiver added one to his reel during the second quarter of Sunday's 2015 Pro Bowl and laid out for a 48-yard reception from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The play didn't exactly break the Internet like "The Catch" did back in late November, but it reminded the country of what Big Blue fans enjoyed for most of the 2014 season.

After all, that's what the NFL's annual all-star game is about.

Beckham's grab also set up a touchdown for Team Irvin, which went on to defeat Team Carter 32-28 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

"It's been great," Beckham said of his first Pro Bowl experience. "Being able to come out here with these guys, these vets, and all these people I've watched for a long time, it's just so much fun to be a participant in this."

Here are three lasting moments from Beckham in the 2015 Pro Bowl:

*1. Beckham starts for Team Irvin. *

Beckham, who was originally a first alternate and took the place of Detroit's Calvin Johnson in the Pro Bowl, lined up with Green Bay's Randall Cobb as the starting receivers for Team Irvin, which was named after alumni captain and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (fellow Gold Jacket wide receiver Cris Carter was the other).

Beckham, who became the first rookie wide receiver in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl, finished with five receptions for 89 yards, second only to Detroit's Golden Tate, who led the team with 98 yards on two catches. 

2. The "Other" Catch.

Giants fans know that Beckham is more than just "The Catch," and now everyone else does. Early in the second quarter Beckham beat 49ers safety Antoine Bethea and launched himself parallel to the turf, fully extending for a big gain that flipped the field for Team Irvin.

"I just have to come up with the ball," said Beckham, who made another nifty grab for 27 yards before halftime with Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie defending him. "Stafford put it out there for me, I just had to make the play."

3. Odell splits the uprights.

Beckham became a star this season with his pregame routine of catching passes from all angles and usually with one hand. And while he gave the same jaw-dropping performance during warmups at the Pro Bowl, he also showed off his leg and drilled a 46-yard field goal that Colts punter and fellow Pro Bowl selection Pat McAfee said would have been good from 55 yards.

What make the feat even more impressive is that the NFL was experimenting with narrower goalposts, which were moved in each end zone from 18 feet wide to 14 feet across for the exhibition game.

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