After losing three consecutive down-to-the-wire games by a combined 10 points, the New York Giants desperately needed a win Monday night in Miami.
Well, they got it, outlasting the Dolphins, 31-24, thanks to epic performances from Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.
“We definitely knew it was a key game for us,” Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(We came) out (to) get this win and keep our season alive, and that’s what we did.”
Manning finished 27-of-31 for 337 yards and four touchdowns, targeting Beckham early and often. Beckham finished with seven catches for 166 yards and two scores, including an 84-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that put the Giants over the top.
Manning completed passes to eight different receivers, including Randle and Will Tye, who each found the end zone.
“We knew he’s a big-time player,” Randle said of Manning. “In games like that, he thrives. He’s going to put us in position to make plays, and it’s up to us as receivers to go out there and get the job done – and that’s what we did.”
With the win, the Giants (6-7) are tied atop the NFC East with Washington and Philadelphia. They host undefeated Carolina (13-0) this Sunday at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. ET.
“It’s definitely going to be a great atmosphere, a great opportunity for us to go out there and prove ourselves as a great team,” Randle said. “We got to step up to the challenge. They’re playing great football right now, but I think we have the players and the coaches and the assistants to go out there and beat them. So it’s going to be up to us to go out there, accept the challenge once again and come out with a victory.”
The Giants certainly don’t have the easiest end-of-season slate in the league. They host Carolina, play at Minnesota (8-5) and host the Eagles (6-7) in a regular-season finale that could decide the division.
Nevertheless, the Giants are confident that they can get the job done.
“Oh yeah, we definitely feel confident in ourselves,” Randle said. “We know we put ourselves in a position we shouldn’t be at, and we feel like we can find our way out. That’s what we have to do. We’re going to all come together as one and try to get the job done.”