In football as in life, not all catches are created equal. While Giants tight end Martellus Bennett contributed three catches to his team's blowout win over the Packers on Sunday night, it was a clutch grab after time expired that proved most important.
While Bennett was interacting with fans, handing out his game gloves, near the tunnel that leads from the field back to the locker rooms, a middle-aged fan fell over the railing, according to various reports. The 25-year-old Bennett was in the right place at the right time and made the most crucial catch of his night.
"(Shoot). I’m like Scott Summers. You know who Scott Summers is? Cyclops off X-Men," Bennett said.
Regardless of the comic book character name dropped, Bennett's quick reaction may have prevented a tragic end to what had been an enjoyable night for all -- save the visiting Packers -- at MetLifeStadium. And Bennett knew it.
"I caught him, I saved his life, I tapped into my inner superhero, which I do have," he told Garafolo. "I'm usually a ninja, but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life. He owes me his first-born or something. Actually I don't want that. Maybe a sandwich or something."
According to Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com, both men ended up on the ground and several in the area though Bennett might have been hurt.
Bennett was fine, but the people who saw had a good reason to be worried. Bennett had been knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit by Packers rookie safety Jerron McMillian. He left the game and didn't return but ended up passing a concussion test.
He was okay after catching the man as well. But according to USA Today, the fan was booked by New Jersey State Troopers on undisclosed charges.