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It was a rather eventful Sunday at MetLife Stadium, with the Carolina Panthers jumping to a 35-7 lead against the New York Giants, only to allow 28 straight points . . . then kick a winning field goal as time expired.
But despite the visiting team securing a 14-0 record, the big headline was the battle between Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. The players went back-and-forth all game, with Beckham being flagged three times for unsportsmanlike conduct but surprisingly escaping ejection.
If you were watching, you surely had some reactions. So did the media, current and former NFL players, the man who plays a famous fictional TV newscaster, and a model/actress.
OBJ is channeling his inner savage. I love it— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 20, 2015
OBJ is embarrassing himself right now.— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) December 20, 2015
Grow up, Odell Beckham Jr.— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) December 20, 2015
Odell trippn— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) December 20, 2015
Odell must get thrown out of the gm. That's b.s— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) December 20, 2015
If the Giants' Beckham, Jr. and Carolina's Norman were playing hockey, they'd have gone by now. #NFL— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) December 20, 2015
You can't stop the sass you can only hope to contain it. -OBJ— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) December 20, 2015
Old school football Odell and Norman.. But we have to understand the game has changed.. pic.twitter.com/gTXJMjZVPZ— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) December 20, 2015
Think @danawhite needs to schedule Josh Norman and OBJ as his next UFC pay per view event.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 20, 2015
If the NFL really cares about player safety obj will be suspended.— Ron Jaworski (@jawsespn) December 20, 2015
After today's antics OBJ should be suspended a minimum of one game!— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 20, 2015
calling it now: it'll be years before beckham lives this game down. congrats, my man: you're next up on america's top diva receiver.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) December 20, 2015
And, after the game:
The Sunday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants was a wild one. But before the fourth quarter insanity ensued, there was a monster hit laid on Odell Beckham Jr.
The hit Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox delivered on Beckham at the end of a pass play in the first quarter was so hard it reportedly broke Wilcox's nose:
Wilcox broke his nose when he hit Beckham. Told trainers to leave it alone until after game. Beckham told him he'd never been hit that hard.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 14, 2015
Imagine how OBJ felt. Woof.
To top it all off, Wilcox stayed in the game, broken nose and all. If anyone ever questioned Wilcox's toughness... OK yeah, they probably didn't.
The Cleveland Browns had appeared to be the primary target for the next series of HBO's "Hard Knocks," but according to sources, the Browns balked at the idea, in part due to quarterback Johnny Manziel's rehab treatment.
With Cleveland out of the running, four teams -- the Bills, Texans, Giants and Redskins -- are the rumored favorites to be featured on the hit show.
With all of them boasting the requisite star power and affable personalities to captivate audiences -- unlike last season's Falcons -- we assess the entertainment value of each rumored "Hard Knocks" finalist:
Houston Texans• Pretty much everything J.J. Watt does ends up on a highlight reel, or trending somewhere, such as his faux breaking news, attending the NCAA basketball tournament with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and especially when his thigh injury resembles the meat Rocky sparred with. If the NFL All-Pro and all-around showman is involved, trust us, people will tune in.
• The Texans don't have a sexy quarterback camp battle, but it remains sports' most glamorous position, and the competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett should be a fierce one.
• Texas is BBQ country, so here's hoping jovial big man Vince Wilfork cranks up the old grill for more of this:
Buffalo Bills• "Let's go get a god damn snack!" is an iconic Rex Ryan quote that resides near the top of the pantheon of "Hard Knocks" quotables. With the bombastic coach now calling Buffalo home, fans would certainly welcome some fresh Rexims.
• Chip Kelly canceled the LeSean McCoy show in Philly, but the running back's silky smooth game and penchant for expressing whatever's on his mind makes his Buffalo reboot must-see TV.
• A cameo from Buffalo legend Jim Kelly will display the human element of football, as his battle to overcome cancer was truly inspiring to the team and fans across the world.
Note: A Bills source told ESPN.com's Mike Rodak that the team is not interested in the show, but we can still dream, can't we?
New York Giants• Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. just exudes swagger and is in the midst of an NFL takeover that has seen him reel in the catch of the year and land the "Madden 16" cover. Next, America gets an inside look at his meteoric ascent and all the insane grabs previously not privy to cameras.
• How red can Tom Coughlin's face get? We're sure to find out as rookies bungle drills and draw the ire of the fiery coach.
• Manning face! Manning face! And more Manning face!
Washington Redskins• Think Shady had some heat for his former coach? Wait until DeSean Jackson, who was released by Kelly, gets miked up.
• Jon Gruden has a knack for saying something that will leave you scratching your head. Here's hoping his brother Jay shares that enigmatic factor and continues the NFL's version of the "Odd Couple" with his co-star and starting QB -- for now.
• This may be Robert Griffin III's final shot at re-capturing the hearts of fans in the nation's capital? We're not sure how he'll look in camp, but an appearance by his adorable new baby girl, Reese Ann, will surely help his cause:
Note: A high-ranking Redskins official told ESPN.com's John Keim that the team is not a possibility to appear on the show, but again, we can dream, right?