Despite all the craziness around him, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has always insisted that he’s been in a “good place” as far as balancing the superstardom that has descended on him faster than a falling kicking net.

In the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Beckham showed just how good of a place he’s in as he exploded — in a good way — for a team-leading eight receptions (out of 10 pass targets) for a single-game career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns, including the 66-yard game-winner which came on a 4th-and-1 pass from quarterback Eli Manning.

“It felt great,” Beckham said of his contribution. “It’s kind of an example of what God can do for you. He’s put me on this platform and in position to do the things like this. He’s put me there for the ups and the downs and to learn and grow from them. Really, there’s going to be a lot more downs and a lot more ups. I trust in Him.”

Beckham believes his trust in a higher authority helped him through the pain of his hip pointer — an injury that occurred after he fell hard on his left hip in the second quarter when trying to overextend for an incomplete pass — on the decisive play.

“First of all, Eli changed the play. He had a play on and saw some different coverages that you can’t mess with,” Beckham said of his big play.

“He changed the play and put me in a perfect position to run a slant. I catch it and see one safety angling to the right. I know that for someone to be able to open their hips and run at the same time to run me down, they’re going to be very fast. I went left and it all worked out.”

Beckham, who’s been accused of being an immature and selfish player who lets his emotions spiral out of control, took stock of his situation, and found an inner strength that might not have been there earlier in the season.

“I sat there and just prayed. I prayed for strength,” Beckham said of his fight through the pain. “(God) placed his hand of anointment on me and I was able to go out there, get enough adrenaline to make a play and put us in position (to win).”

The colorful receiver celebrated his prowess by taking things a step or two further with his old friend, the kicking net, which he famously fought in the Giants’ loss to Washington.

“Our relationship is growing, so I thought we might as well make it serious,” Beckham said with a cheeky grin. “I proposed and she said yes. Me and the net are going to get married sometime soon. Hopefully it all works out. I’m 23, so I don’t know much about marriage. She seems like a pretty nice gal.”

All kidding aside, Beckham said he was no different this week than he was in past weeks this season.

“I’m going to go out there and play the same way every time,” he said. “I don’t think I played any different besides me being injured. It was the same passion. I think because I was hurt I couldn’t express it as much as I wanted to. I couldn’t even yell to my coach and tell him something.”



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