Final Score: Giants 31, Dolphins 24
December 14, 2015
Rounding out the NFL’s Week 14 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had a cross-conference matchup between the Giants and the Dolphins. New York was coming off an overtime loss to the Jets in their last appearance, while Miami edged out the Ravens in Week 13. This ended up being a close game for most of the way, and was decided by just one score.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this game so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 15 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Giants got things rolling on the scoreboard in the first quarter thanks to a Josh Brown field goal from 35 yards out. The Dolphins would take the lead on a 14-yard Lamar Miller run, making it 7-3 Dolphins at the end of one.
In the second, Reuben Randle hauled in Eli Manning’s first TD pass of the evening, a 6-yard score. The Dolphins struck back again with Miller, who scored from 38 yards out on a nice run. Andrew Franks kicked his lone field goal of the game from 36 yards, and Will Tye gave the Giants the momentum back with a 5-yard TD catch from Manning.
At the break, the score was all tied up at 17-17.
In the third, the Dolphins got back on top with a 47-yard hookup between Ryan Tannehill and Kenny Stills. It would be the last lead of the game for Miami.
Odell Beckham scored the last two touchdowns of the game, securing the win for the Giants. The first came in the third quarter, when he hauled in a 6-yard TD catch that would tie the game up.
In the fourth, Beckham struck again with a stellar 84-yard touchdown following some blown coverage by the Dolphins. That would put the Giants on top 31-24, which is how the game would end.
The Giants are now in a three-way tie atop the woeful NFC East, while the Dolphins are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
The Stars: Manning was simply electric in this one. He was a stellar 27-of-31 for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Beckham had a monster game himself, with 166 yards on seven receptions with his two scores. Rashad Jennings also notched 102 yards from scrimmage.
On the other side, Lamar Miller posted 89 yards and his two touchdowns on 12 rushes.
The Goats: The Dolphins were in this game until late, but continued to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot. Jarvis Landry had a very bad personal foul penalty that cost his team 15 yards in the fourth quarter. It was part of a 12-penalty evening that set Miami back a total of 123 yards.
The team also didn’t seem to want to stick with the run--which seemed to be working most of the time. Miller ran just 12 times.
Injuries: Beckham had to come out of the game briefly due to cramping in his calves, but was able to return after one series.
Giants DT Markus Kuhn exited during the third quarter thanks to a knee injury and didn’t come back.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 15, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 20. The Giants will host the unbeaten Panthers (1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Dolphins will get a road game against the Chargers (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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