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Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. upstages Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry with highlight-filled night

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates one of his two touchdowns in the second half against the Dolphins on Monday night. He finished with seven catches for 166 yards.
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates one of his two touchdowns in the second half against the Dolphins on Monday night. He finished with seven catches for 166 yards. AP

Odell Beckham Jr. got bragging rights over Jarvis Landry — again.

Beckham caught seven passes for a season-high 166 yards and two touchdowns Monday night to lead the New York Giants past the Dolphins 31-24 at Sun Life Stadium.

The Giants star has eight 100-yard games this season, including six in a row.

Landry had 11 catches for 99 yards and no scores.

Beckham and Landry have a lot in common — both are 23-year-old wide receivers, natives of Louisiana and best friends who starred at LSU.

They went their separate ways in 2014, when both entered the NFL Draft. Beckham got the call first, No. 12 overall to the Giants, and Landry had to suffer through 51 more selections before the Dolphins gave him the pro shot he craved.

Beckham had the better first year — a famous one-handed catch, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and a selection to the Pro Bowl were among his honors. Overall, he had 91 catches, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games.

Not that Landry was bad last season — not at all. The second-round pick emerged as the Dolphins’ go-to receiver, especially on shorter routes, making 84 catches for 758 yards and five TDs.

Landry has been even better this season: Entering Monday, he had 79 catches for 823 yards four TDs.

But as good as Landry has been, he is still no Beckham.

True enough, Beckham benefits from a more established and most would say superior quarterback — Eli Manning over Ryan Tannehill.

And Landry, a standout kick and punt returner, has also had to deal with coaching instability while Beckham has not.

Those are all mitigating factors, as was evidenced Monday when Tannehill overthrew Landry with 4:52 left in the game and the Dolphins trailing 31-24. Had Tannehill hit him in stride, Landry was likely gone for a touchdown.

Still, the bottom line Monday was that Beckham got the win and his team is tied for first place.

Landry was good — just one yard short of what would have been his third 100-game of the season — but his team took the loss and is in last place, eliminated from playoff contention.

Beckham was targeted just once in the first quarter, making a 12-yard grab. He kept at it, though, and by halftime, he had three catches for 63 yards.

He then took over the game in the second half, tying the score 24-24 on his 6-yard catch in the right corner of the end zone. The play was ruled incomplete at first, but after a review, the call was overturned as it became evident that Beckham got both feet in bounds.

Beckham then put the finishing touch on another one of his masterpieces, completing an 84-yard catch and run for the winning touchdown with 11:13 left in the game.

With three games left to add to his totals, Beckham has 85 catches for 1,320 yards, 12 TDs … and bragging rights in his friendship/competition with Landry.

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