Was It the Best Catch Ever in the NFL?

Justin Jefferson of the Vikings has a memorable moment in a memorable game
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2022 8:07 AM CST
Was It the Best Catch Ever in the NFL?
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson during Sunday's game against Buffalo.   (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

The game itself was something—the "best NFL game of the year" is how Kendall Baker of Axios describes the Vikings' 33-30 overtime win against the Buffalo Bills. He is not alone in that sentiment, and Steve Gardner at USA Today details the improbable final minutes, which included a goal-line stand, a goal-line fumble, an interception, etc. But also in there was a one-handed catch made by the Vikings' Justin Jefferson—on 4th and 18, no less—that is receiving even stronger superlatives than the game itself. You can watch it here or here.

"Catch of the year" is a common sentiment—see Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports. But at the Athletic, Chris Branch goes further. "After some thought, I think it’s the best catch … ever," he writes. Sure, lots of people say the honor belongs to Odell Beckham’s famous 2015 catch (also a one-hander) "but while Jefferson didn’t get interfered with, his catch Sunday was possibly more difficult and more important." As for Jefferson himself, he said after the game that all his hand-strength exercises "kind of worked out," per Fox 9. (Read more NFL stories.)

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