Beckham’s last-minute touchdown gives Giants 27-23 win over Ravens
EAST RUTHERFORD – Odell Beckham Jr. may have saved the Giants’ season.
His 66-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run from Eli Manning with 1:24 remaining Sunday afternoon rallied the Giants to an improbable 27-23 victory over the Ravens before a crowd of 78,487 at MetLife Stadium.
Trailing 23-20 after Terrance West’s second touchdown run, the Giants (3-3) took possession with 2:04 left in the fourth quarter. Manning found Larry Donnell on two short completions, but Donnell inexplicably stepped out of bounds to one yard short of the first-down marker.
So, on fourth-and-1, facing what could have been the Giants’ last offensive play, Manning found Beckham on the right side and he crossed the entire field, sprinting past defenders and into the end zone for his second score of the game.
Beckham finished with eight catches for 222 yards, a career-high.
Manning completed 32-of-46 for 403 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
The Ravens (3-3) had several chances at stealing the victory, but Joe Flacco’s final throw was knocked down incomplete by the Giants in the end zone.
Manning threw a pair of touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Beckham late in the third quarter that gave the Giants a 17-13 lead.
The Ravens were undaunted, and on the first play of the next possession, Flacco went up top to Mike Wallace, who sprinted past Janoris Jenkins for a 70-yard connection.
The Giants’ defense stood tall, however, and Baltimore failed to score with four chances inside the 3, including three from the 1 following a West 2-yard run on first down.
After Flacco and West were stuffed on runs for no gains, the Ravens allowed the third quarter to expire and take their fourth-and-goal from the 1 decision making into the fourth.
Baltimore opted to go for it and West ended up bouncing it outside to the left, where Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas shed a blocker and decked West for a loss and a turnover on downs.
Beckham was forced to leave the game early in the second quarter with a hip pointer. He returned for one plan on the next series, but then went to the locker room.
Without Beckham, Manning and the Giants turned to rookie Roger Lewis Jr. to get on the scoreboard. A fourth-and-5 bullet from Manning to Victor Cruz kept the drive alive and Lewis found pay dirt three plays later. Josh Brown added the point-after to pull within 10-7.
Beckham ended up returning to the field with 61 seconds left in the first half.
The Giants tied the score at 10 with a 21-yard field goal from Brown on the first possession of the third quarter.
Manningpassed John Elway for 7th place in NFL history for all-time touchdown passes.Only Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton have more.
The Ravens took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in 10 plays, including a 41-yard completion from Flacco to Breshaud Perriman on a third-and-long that kept the drive alive and set up Justin Tucker’s 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Giants got decent pressure up front, with Andrew Adams decking Flacco on a blitz just as he released the ball on the Perriman catch. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had good coverage on Perriman, but could not make a play on the ball.