Week 12 of the #NFL saw fans, players and media members come together on Twitter to discuss the #CatchOfTheYear by Odell Beckham, Jr. (@OBJ_3). Fans also Tweeted about the health and concern for @KCChiefs safety Eric Berry (@Stuntman1429), the @Patriots seventh win a row, the @Seahawks silencing critics in a big win over the @AZCardinals and much more.
However, most of the attention on Twitter was about @Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (@OBJ_3), who made what many are calling the #CatchOfTheYear when he caught this 43-yard TD pass from Eli Manning in the first quarter.
Fellow players and athletes turned to Twitter to celebrate the catch.
Even Beckham’s opponent, @DezBryant, said it was the best catch he ever saw:
And Beckham, who has gained over 60,000 followers since the catch and was the most mentioned player on Twitter this week, seems humbled by all of the attention.
Teams turned to Twitter to send their well wishes to Berry.
As did players…
On Sunday, the @Patriots continued their win streak by beating the @Lions 34-9 for the Pats’ seventh win in a row. Newly signed running back LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount), who was released by the @Steelers for walking off the field of last week’s game, led New England with two rushing touchdowns. Tom Brady threw for another 349 yards and a pair of TDs as well.
Despite throwing three interceptions, @Browns QB Brian Hoyer (@bhoyer6) marched his team down the field against the @Atlanta_Falcons to set up a game-winning 37-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff (@Billy_Cundiff). Cleveland welcomed the return of star WR Josh Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII), who finished with 120 yards receiving.
The @Jaguars were no match for the @Colts and new father T.Y. Hilton (@TYHilton13). Andrew Luck found Hilton – who prior to the game was in the hospital for the birth of his daughter – for 122 yards and a TD in the 23-3 rout. Check out Hilton’s celebration that paid tribute to his new baby.
Alfred Morris’ (@Trey_Deuces) 125 rushing yards weren’t enough for the @Redskins to upset the @49ers. Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) connected with Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) all day to give SF the 17-13 win:
The @Vikings surprisingly kept it close with division rival Green Bay, but @AarronRodgers12, Eddie Lacy (@Lil_Eazy_Ana_42) and the @Packers were too much in the 24-21 win. Lacy rushed for 125 yards and a caught a TD pass.
LeSean McCoy (@CutonDime25) rushed for 130 yards and a TD in perhaps his best game of the season in the @Eagles 43-24 win over the @TennesseeTitans. The @Eagles will play for first place in the NFC East against the @dallascowboys on Thanksgiving.
Other notable moments from week 12 include a huge day for Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas (@DemaryiusT) in the @Broncos 39-36 win over the @MiamiDolphins, the @RAIDERS winning their first game of the season last Thursday and the @Ravens beating @DrewBrees and the @Saints 34-27 on @ESPNMondayNight night behind Justin Forsett (@JForsett), who ran for 182 yards and two TDs.
Most-mentioned #NFL players and teams
Here are the top five most-mentioned #NFL players (player name and/or player Twitter handle) on Twitter during week 12 of play (Thursday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 24):
Here are the top five most-mentioned team accounts on Twitter during week 12 of play (Thursday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 24):
Click on the image below to explore this data visualization that features week 12’s most-mentioned players and teams (and related Tweets). We will update this data viz each week of the season on Tuesdays.
Most-Tweeted games and moments
Here are the top five most-Tweeted games during and around live telecasts based on number of Tweets, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial).
And here are the moments that sparked the top Tweets per minute (TPM) peaks during live televised games, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial).
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