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NFL in London: Giants beat Rams at Twickenham

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Landon Collins scores ‘return for the ages’ touchdown

New York Giants became the first NFL side to win at Twickenham as they beat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 in front of a 75,000 sell-out crowd on Sunday.

It was the first non-rugby sporting event at Twickenham in its 107-year history, and the first London-based NFL game away from Wembley Stadium.

Landon Collins scored the pick of the touchdowns with a superb return for the Giants, after the Rams’ Tavon Austin had crossed for the opening score.

Rashad Jennings edged the Giants ahead.

New York safety Collins told BBC Sport: “It was a fantastic win for us.

“When I caught the ball I looked down field and saw a lot of dark blue but all my white was to the left, so I went back and ran down there. It was a surprise for me.”

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Landon Collins dives over for the New York Giants

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A sell-out 75,000 crowd witnessed the first NFL game at Twickenham

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Flames welcomed players on to the field as Twickenham got the NFL treatment

Treated to a pre-match show of fireworks and flames plus music from Craig David, fans at Twickenham did not have to wait long for the first on-field action as the Rams forced an early turnover.

They took full advantage as Case Keenum found wide receiver Austin in the end zone, and soon after added a field goal from Greg Zuerlein to head in 10-0 up at the end of the first quarter.

The Giants got on the board thanks to a Robbie Gould field goal in the second, before Collins pounced on an Austin fumble 40 yards from the Los Angeles line.

The 22-year-old broke through nine tackles as he returned at speed and dived into the end zone with help from his team-mates.

Quarterback Eli Manning handed on for Jennings to bundle over in the final quarter after a smart Odell Beckham Jr catch, and Gould’s kick made it 17 points without reply for New York.

The game at Twickenham was the second of a three-match series in London this month, with the other two hosted by Wembley.

Jacksonville Jaguars beat Indianapolis Colts 30-27 in the first, while Washington Redskins face Cincinnati Bengals in the third on Sunday, 30 October.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/american-football/37745803