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Giants vs. Rams 2016: Time, TV schedule, and team news for NFL London game at Twickenham Stadium

The NFL returns to London for a showdown between two NFC teams jockeying for a spot in the playoffs. Will Odell Beckham Jr. cheat on his hometown kicking net with a new one abroad?

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Odell Beckham capped off last week's 222-yard receiving performance by proposing to the kicking net at Metlife Stadium. After a whirlwind romance, the couple has the chance to honeymoon overseas in England.

The NFL returns to London on Sunday when the New York Giants face the Los Angeles Rams in a showdown between two 3-3 teams. The game will take place at the 82,000-seat Twickenham Stadium, a venue constructed for rugby union fixtures that will host its first-ever American football matchup.

The Giants rebounded from a three-game losing streak by coming from behind to topple the Baltimore Ravens, but still sit at the bottom of a revitalized NFC East. A 2-0 start included an opening day win over now 5-1 Dallas, but proved unsustainable when the schedule dialed up the pressure and brought road games against Minnesota and Green Bay. A loss in Week 6 would have been demoralizing, but Eli Manning proved he's still capable of making the fourth-quarter rallies that earned him a pair of Super Bowl rings.

The veteran quarterback hit Beckham on a slant route on fourth-and-1 with 1:24 remaining in the game, then watched his All-Pro wideout slice through the Ravens secondary for a 66-yard touchdown. The Giants then held off a desperate Baltimore comeback to march back to .500 on the season. Beckham, who set a career high with his performance, currently ranks fifth in the league when it comes to receiving yards and looks every bit the weapon that has been carving up defenses since 2013.

They can turn that comeback win into the beginning of a streak by toppling an equally up-and-down Los Angeles team on Sunday. The Rams were embarrassed by San Francisco on opening night in a 28-0 shutout but rebounded with wins over Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Arizona to push their way to the top of the NFC West. Their grasp on the top of the division didn't last, however. L.A. has lost two straight and now sits on pace for the kind of 8-8 season for which head coach Jeff Fisher has come to be known.

The Rams have the talent to rise above .500, but caveats have kept them from sustaining that potential. They have one of the league's fiercest defensive lines, though it's been hampered by injuries and may be without standouts Michael Brockers, William Hayes, and Robert Quinn in London. They also have one of the league's brightest young stars in 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley, but the running back has been ineffective in a disappointing Los Angeles attack.

Gurley will have a tall task ahead of him in London. The second-year tailback will face a Giants defense allowing only 97 rushing yards per game this season. Gurley has gained only 2.9 yards per carry this fall as part of a Rams offense ranked 31st in a league of 32 when it comes to yards per game. If the former Georgia Bulldog can't dial up the electrifying plays that made his rookie campaign so special, Los Angeles may not stand a chance.

Sunday's game will keep the NFL's streak of less-than-stellar matchups in Great Britain alive. The league has never featured an overseas game between two teams with winning records.

How to watch

Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

Location: Twickenham Stadium, London, England

TV: NFL Network

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Stacy Dales

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