Beckham, Norman talk about behavior during Panthers-Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) What they're saying about the game-long confrontations between New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in the Panthers' 38-35 victory on Sunday:

''Obviously he was on display, and we really got to see who he is. You go through the rigorous training we go through, and you go on the battlefield, you don't see the way a person is until you start playing the way you play. It goes to show you, man, that you can understand what kind of player this guy is, what he is. He's got the maturity of a little kid.'' - Panthers CB Josh Norman.

''You are a competitor. I'm a competitor. We are always going to go at it. Anybody who has played sports - you are competitive and you are going to go as hard as you can.'' - Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

''You got two bulls going at it in a physical sport, a field full of alpha males, they're not going to be playing patty-cake, patty-cake.'' - Panthers QB Cam Newton.

''Guys want to play well, guy want to win, it's important to them. So there's going to be some emotion and that's fine. You just got to be able to make sure it's being done the correct way, and make sure it's helping the team, and not ... anything to harm the team.'' - Giants QB Eli Manning

''You want me to take him out of the game? It was a consideration. In fact, it was a strong consideration. But it didn't happen ... because I didn't take him out.'' - Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

''That just goes to show you again he lost his composure.'' - Coughlin.

''We started to get scrappy for no reason. ... Just turn away and walk away. That'd have been a lot easier.'' - Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

''Any other defensive guy would have been thrown out of the game for that. The NFL would definitely step in there. I've never seen that in football. I can say a lot, but I'm not.'' - Panthers CB Cortland Finnegan.

''You can see (Beckham) wears it on his sleeve, he's going to show. I really like the battle with him and Josh, it was like Floyd (Mayweather) and (Manny) Pacquiao. It was a great matchup.'' - Giants CB Prince Amukamara.

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