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Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. makes playoff history, earns $500k in win vs. Cardinals

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Odell Beckham Jr. caught a lot of criticism for being the supposed problem in the Cleveland Browns offense before he was released this season, but he’s looked like the playmaker many believed he still could be with the Los Angeles Rams. After a successful finish to the regular season in Los Angeles, Beckham got even better in the first round of the playoffs.

In Monday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, Beckham had as good a night as he’s had in a long time. Not only was it his first career playoff win, but he also made postseason history.

Oh, and he earned a check worth $500,000, too.

Odell Beckham Jr. caught four passes for 54 yards against the Cardinals.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught four passes for 54 yards against the Cardinals.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Beckham is the first player in league history with a 30-yard catch and a 30-yard pass in the same playoff game. He had a 31-yard catch from Matthew Stafford and threw a 40-yard bomb to Cam Akers, doing it all for the Rams.

As for his $500,000, he earned that not by putting up big numbers against the Cardinals, but by the Rams winning. When he signed with Los Angeles, he took an incentive-heavy deal that was loaded with money tied to the Rams’ postseason success.

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Well, with a win over the Cardinals, he hit a $500,000 bonus and can earn another $750,000 with a victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend.

No one had a better night than Beckham, who’s thriving with his new team after a frustrating tenure with the Browns.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. makes playoff history, earn $500k bonus