Odell Beckham Jr. is back — and nothing was stopping him from winning Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
Even after an imaginary pass interference call against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie appeared to cost the Giants the game, Beckham put his team on his shoulders and caught a 66-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-1 to give the Giants a wild 27-23 win.
It was just one of several explosive games from the super star receiver, who already had caught a 75-yard touchdown pass.
Beckham’s performance almost single-handedly broke the Giants’ (3-3) three-game losing streak and gave Big Blue a critical win.
They had to work for it, but the Giants’ offense gave Ben McAdoo the rebound performance he was looking for. Most of that came from big plays by Eli Manning — who passed John Elway on the all-time career touchdown list — and Beckham, who recorded his first career 200-yard receiving day.
Eli Manning threw for over 400 yards with three touchdowns and a pair on interceptions.
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The Gaints’ offense did not get off to the bounce back start that they hoped for.
Down 3-0 after the Ravens kicked a 23-yard field goal on their opening drive, the Giants coughed up the football on their very first play from scrimmage when Odell Beckham caught a five-yard pass and immediately fumbled it at Big Blue’s 30-yard line. The Ravens took advantage, as a Dennis Pitta reception brought Baltimore down to the goal line and then Terrance West punched in the score. The one-yard rushing touchdown put the Ravens ahead 10-0 with 6:42 left in the first quarter.
When the Giants followed up their turnover with just a three-and-out, the boos began at MetLife Stadium, just eight minutes into the contest. When the Giants finally got their first first down of the game, about five minutes into the second quarter, the fans erupted with a loud, sarcastic cheer.
Finally in the second quarter, Manning was able to get on the same page as one of his receivers for a big play. The surprising part? It wasn’t Beckham, Victor Cruz or Sterling Shepard. Instead, Manning hit rookie undrafted free agent Roger Lewis Jr. for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:28 left in the half to reduce the deficit to 10-7. The touchdown pass was Manning’s 300th of his career. The drive had previously been kept alive because McAdoo got aggressive and went for it on 4th-and-5 at the Ravens’ 40-yard line, which the Giants converted.
Beckham left the game with a hip flexor injury during the second quarter but soon returned.
The Giants got the ball back with 1:01 left in the half at their own 33 yard line with no timeouts. But instead of taking shots downfield, McAdoo called plays scared, running the ball at first and then opting for short completions. As a result, the Giants were outside field goal range with time running out, and Manning had to throw a desperation pass that was picked off as time expired in the second quarter.
After another fourth down conversion kept another Giants drive alive, Big Blue were threatening and had 1st-and-goal from the one-yard line. But on first down Rashad Jennings lost two yards and then Manning followed that up with two incompletions — though Lewis may have been shoved before the ball arrived on third down — so the Giants weren’t able to take the lead. Instead, they settled for a 21-yard Josh Brown field goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
Later in the third quarter, the offense let the Giants down again. On 3rd-and-1 on their own 20-yard line, Manning threw a pass intended for Shepard, but the rookie receiver got his feet caught up with CB Tavon Young. That allowed Young to get position and pick off Manning, and the cornerback returned the ball to the 27-yard line. Big Blue’s defense stood tall, however, and the Ravens had to settle for 39-yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
But immediately the offense rebounded, and they finally got the explosive play from Beckham that they had been waiting for. On the very first play of their next drive, Beckham ran a stop-and-go with a spin move in the middle and Manning perfectly lofted a pass to his top receiver, who ran it all the way back to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown, which he capped with a broad jump celebration. Afterwards, Beckham ran to the sideline and put the infamous kicking net over him like a tent.
Joe Flacco recorded over 300 yards but failed to register a touchdown pass.
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But then the Ravens responded with a deep pass of their own on their first play of the next drive, as Mike Wallace beat Janoris Jenkins deep and caught a pass from Flacco for a 70-yard gain. A facemask penalty by Jenkins brought the ball down to the three-yard line. But the defense responded and came up with four huge stuffs by Ravens runs down by the goal line to prevent Baltimore from scoring.
A critical 42-yard Trevin Wade defensive pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter put the Ravens in Giants’ territory, but again Big Blue’s defense didn’t break. They halted the Ravens’ drive, and Baltimore had to settle for a 35-yard field goal to reduce the Giants’ lead to one point with 9:14 remaining.
Beckham wasn’t done contributing to his team’s effort. On the Giants’ next play from scrimmage, Manning hit Beckham for another big gain — this time a 43-yard gain on a pass down the left sideline. That turned into a 31-yard field goal by Brown, to put Big Blue up 20-16 with 5:54 left.
With the clock winding down, the Ravens caught a huge break from the refs. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was called for a brutal 30-yard defensive pass interference penalty on Breshad Perriman that appeared not to exist. A few plays later West scored a two-yard touchdown, putting the Ravens ahead 23-20 with 2:04 left in the game, prompting a “bulls–t” chant from the crowd.
But then Beckham took over. The receiver caught a pass from Manning on 4th-and-1 and was off to the races, running all the way to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown that caused the Giants’ faithful in the stands to go wild.
The Ravens drove down the field and threatened again, especially after they were bailed out by Owa Odighizuwa, who was called for roughing the passer after the Ravens failed to convert a fourth down. Ultimately, the Ravens couldn’t score, and the Giants held on for the win.
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