An NFL season is comprised of 256 games, with each of the 32 teams playing 16 times a year. With so much game action to sift through, how would one go about selecting the top play from an entire season? With the 2018 regular season now in the books, that’s the challenge for fans.
Four plays from the Giants’ 2018 season have been selected as semi-finalists for the “Bridgestone Elite Performance Play of the Year”. Fans can vote for five plays as many times as they want, leading up to the annual NFL Honors award show on February 2, the night before Super Bowl LIII. The five finalists from the current pool of 32 plays will have the opportunity to take home the hardware.
Here are the four Giants’ nominees:
• Odell Beckham Jr.’s Week 5 touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley
• Saquon Barkley’s Week 6 55-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles
• Saquon Barkley leaps over a Chicago Bears defender in Week 13
• Saquon Barkley’s ‘Space Jam’ touchdown leap over Dallas in Week 17
Unsurprisingly, all four plays feature Barkley, who finished his incredible rookie season with 2,028 total scrimmage yards. Barkley became just the third rookie running back in NFL history to reach 2,000. His 91 receptions set an NFL record by a rookie running back, breaking the mark of 88 set by Reggie Bush in 2006.
Beckham is no stranger to NFL records himself. The three-time Pro Bowler set another one this year when he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000-plus receiving yards and multiple passing touchdowns in the same season. In addition to the Carolina passing score that he’s nominated for, Beckham threw a 49-yard touchdown to Russell Shepard in the Giants’ Week 13 overtime win over the Chicago Bears.
Beckham won the 2014 Play of the Year for his internet-breaking, one-handed touchdown catch against the Cowboys. The reigning Play of the Year is the "Minneapolis Miracle," Stefon Diggs’ walkoff touchdown catch from Case Keenum in the Vikings’ divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints