Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants Take Out Cincinnati Bengals (Highlights)
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a catch against Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka (43) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants improved to 6-3 by beating the Cincinnati Bengals on MNF.

  • New York Giants 21 (5-3)
  • Cincinnati Bengals 20 (3-4-1)
  • NFL, Final, Box Score
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
On the night Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, and Ernie Accorsi were inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor, the Meadowlands faithful witnessed a little old-time Big Blue ball. They witnessed defense at the right time.

With three minutes and change remaining, the Giants defense (including the second coming from Olivier Vernon) sacked Andy Dalton on consecutive plays. Cincinnati needed a drive in the worst way trailing by a single point. Instead, Steve Spagnuolo’s defense dialed up the heat during the most critical time of the contest.

On the ensuing drive, Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning played the cat-and-mouse game at the line of scrimmage and ran it three times to get the necessary first down that ended all hope for the Bengals.

Thanks to the 21-20 victory, your New York Football Giants are now 6-3 on the season.

Manning was good all night. He wasn’t stellar, but his 240 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions were good enough. The game got started with fireworks as the Giants drove right down the field on an eight play, 80-yard drive ultimately resulting in a Jarell Adams 10-yard score.

Cincy came right back and scored on their opening possession as well.

A.J. Green, who hauled in that first score, was a terror all night until a leg injury seemed to hamper him in the second half. He finished with 68 yards and a score on seven receptions.

Odell Beckham Jr. enjoyed his time on Monday Night Football. Not only did he burn Cincy’s defense with this ridiculous out and up route, he mimicked Michael Jackson‘s famed “Thriller” dance:

OBJ hauled in 10 balls for 97 yards and that all-important score that gave New York the lead prior to the locker room break.

Halftime and the start of the second half had everybody at MetLife riding a wave of emotions. First, the Ring of Honor ceremony commenced.

But just when the feels couldn’t be higher, play on the field reversed everything. Cincy scored, again, on an opening drive and the Giants offense suffered through two quick two-and-outs.

The game really turned on two plays early on in the fourth-quarter. First, McAdoo had his offense stay on the field on 4th-and-goal, a play that resulted in a Sterling Shepard TD:

Then, Landon Collins came up with another huge interception, his fourth of this Pro Bowl caliber campaign:

Dalton’s prime time woes continued. His final line consisted of an unimpressive 204 yards, one touchdown, and that one critical interception.

Though Spags’s defense relented two opening drive TDs, his defense seemed to build momentum has each half wore on. Vernon finished with that fourth quarter sack and 10 total tackles. Damon Harrison came up with a big eight tackles.

Though the Giants entered the week last in the NFL in rushing, Rashad Jennings carried the ball 15 times for 87 yards. And although they entered the week last in the NFL with just 11 sacks, their defense got pressure on Dalton when the game called for it most.

The Giants will now hope the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys can lose a few games the rest of the way out. They’ll welcome in the hapless Chicago Bears next Sunday looking for their seventh victory.

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