Beckham scores 2 TDs to help Giants beat Dolphins 31-24


AP

MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — The New York Giants forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East division by winning 31-24 at Miami on Monday, with Odell Beckham Jr.’s 84-yard touchdown reception putting the visitors ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go.

New York quarterback Eli Manning completed 27 of 31 passes for 337 yards and four scores. His passer rating of 151.5 was his highest since 2009.

The Giants (6-7) broke a three-game losing streak and are tied with Washington and Philadelphia for the lead in the mediocre division.

The Dolphins (5-8) were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, extending their postseason drought to a franchise-worst seven consecutive years.

The Dolphins topped 20 points for the first time since October, but couldn’t keep up with Beckham, who had seven catches for 166 yards and two scores. The 100-yard game was his sixth in a row, a Giants record.

Beckham missed one series when he went to the locker room due to cramping, but didn’t let that slow him down. And with the score 24-24, he took advantage of broken coverage to score the go-ahead touchdown.

Cornerback Jamar Taylor and seldom-used safety Shamiel Gary were the closest defenders, but Manning hit Beckham in stride at midfield and he sprinted to the end zone for his 12th TD this year.

Earlier, Beckham made a 45-yard reception to set up a touchdown and had a 5-yard scoring catch. The latter pass was initially ruled incomplete because Beckham was out of bounds, but the decision was overturned by a replay review that made the score 24-24.

His final catch, a diving grab on third down at midfield, sealed the victory with less than two minutes left.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 236 yards and went deep to Kenny Stills for a 47-yard score that had put Miami ahead 24-17. But Tannehill overthrew an open Landry with his team trailing and less than five minutes to go.