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Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants: Four things you might have missed

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This afternoon, the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams played out the second game of this season's NFL International Series in London, and the first ever to take place at Twickenham stadium.

It was the Giants who will leave England the happier after coming away from the week seven matchup with the W courtesy of a 17-10 scoreline.

But, whilst all eyes were on the unique occasion at the home of English rugby, there were probably a few things even the most eagle-eyed fan watching on from home probably missed.

Here are four things you most likely didn't see...

1) Martin Johnson got one of the biggest cheers of the day

The NFL may have taken over Twickenham for the day, but the stadium remains the home of English rugby.

So when legendary England captain Martin Johnson - he of 2003 World Cup fame - was presented to the packed out crowd, it was no surprise that he received one of the loudest cheers of the day.

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Even the first ever touchdown scored at the ground - caught by the Rams' Tavon Austin - couldn't compete.

2) English crowds hate touchbacks

With virtually ever single International Series game selling out in double quick time, there is no doubt that British fans are embracing the NFL.

However, the way we hear in the UK interact with the game will probably still raise some eyebrows across the pond. 

The touchback is a relatively regular occurrence in the NFL as players opt to take a knee in the end zone rather thank risk running out a kick return from deep.

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Apparently, that just doesn't cut it on this side of the pond, however, with the Twickenham crowd not afraid to loudly boo when either the Rams or Giants took the "easy" option.

3) It didn't feel like a Rams home game

Even before Landon Collins' heroic pick six in the second quarter sparked the Giants into life, the crowd seemed to be on the side of the New York franchise. This despite the fact they were supposedly the road team for this fixture.

In the build-up to the game, the number of Giants (particularly Odell Beckham Jr.) jerseys far outnumbered those of the Rams in and around the ground, and the cheers became louder each time Ben McAdoo's men pulled off a clutch play.

The noise the crowd created as the Rams attempted a 4th down conversion in the final two minutes of action  - forcing Jeff Fisher's team into a five-yard false start penalty - was the definitive proof that this crowd wanted a NYG victory.

Considering the result, LA may be ruing their decision to give up a home game to travel to London.

4) Odell with a nod to the crowd

There's no doubt that Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the biggest names in the NFL and the Giants wide receiver was the name everyone was talking about heading into today's game.

Although he limited in what he could do due to a persistent hip injury, any time he did get hold of the football the crowd showed their appreciation.

What you might not have noticed, though, was the WR's own tribute to the country he was playing in via some very unique cleats.

He honoured Burberry in the pre-game...

Before a nod to The Rolling Stones and The Who during the game...

5) Jennings and OBJ getting down on the sideline

Both Rashard Jennings and Odell Beckham played their part in the clutch play of today's game - the Giants' rushing touchdown that put them 16-10 up in the fourth quarter - and their celebrations weren't just reserved for the field.

Jennings punched in the score from close range, but it was a pass to OBJ caught inside the five despite double coverage that set up what proved to be the game-winning TD.

As you can see from the below video, both offensive stars broke out the dance moves on the bench.

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