Manning’s four TD passes power Giants over Dolphins

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Eli Manning No.10 of the New York Giants throws during the second half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday in Miami Gardens, Florida. AFP PHOTO

Eli Manning No.10 of the New York Giants throws during the second half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday in Miami Gardens, Florida. AFP PHOTO

MIAMI: Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes and the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 31-24, boosting their chances of reaching the NFL playoffs.

The Giants improved to 6-7 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) and matched Washington and Philadelphia atop the NFC East division with three games remaining in the regular season while the Dolphins fell to 5-8, ending their playoff hopes.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning completed 27-of-31 passes for 337 yards, his Giants career-high 87.1 percent completion percentage a club record.

Odell Beckham Jr made seven catches for 166 yards and two second-half touchdowns that rallied the Giants to victory in their first game at Miami since 1996.


Ryan Tannehill threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills early in the third quarter to give Miami a 24-17 lead.

But Manning’s third touchdown pass of the game, a six-yard toss to Beckham, evened the score for the Giants.

Manning connected with Beckham again on an 84-yard touchdown play for what proved to be the winning touchdown to produce the final margin with 11:13 remaining.

Manning flipped a five-yard touchdown pass to Will Tye with 44 seconds remaining in the second quarter to pull New York level 17-17 at half-time.

Lamar Miller raced 38 yards for a touchdown and Andrew Franks kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Miami a 17-10 lead late in the second quarter.

Manning opened the game 8-of-9 for 84 yards and a touchdown, his six-yard scoring toss to Rueben Randle putting New York ahead 10-7 just two minutes into the second quarter.

Josh Brown’s 35-yard field goal opened the scoring for the Giants but Miami took a 7-3 lead on Miller’s 14-yard touchdown run.

AFP

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