Ezekiel Elliott: They dominated us up front

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The Cowboys ran for 164 yards in their playoff win over the Seahawks and facing a Rams team that gave up more than 122 yards a game in the regular season seemed to set them up for another good outing on the ground.

That’s not how things played out in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards on 22 carries and the Cowboys were unable to get their run game going in a season-ending 30-22 loss. Elliott said after the game that the Rams “dominated us up front” and defensive tackle Aaron Donald said the team didn’t listen to those who said they’d fall short against the run.

“We just did our job,” Donald said after the game. “We didn’t worry about anything else. We just played out football. It’s playoff football, win or go home and we know that, we knew what we had to do. The most important thing is that we won. We get to play next week so we have to get ready for that.”

The biggest stop of the night for the Rams defense came on a fourth-and-one at the start of the fourth quarter. Elliott was stuffed for no gain and the Rams extended their lead to 15 points after a drive that ate up half the time left on the clock. Head coach Jason Garrett called the play a “signature” one for the Cowboys after the game, but it was the Rams who used it to stamp their ticket for the conference title game.

79 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott: They dominated us up front

  1. It’s hard to call Zeke a great back when he’s got 47 yards behind a pretty good O-line in the biggest game of his career and on the same field, the opposing team has 2 running backs, EACH with twice as many yards as him.

  2. Part of that is because Suh is playing for a contract for next season. He plays half speed until he needs his next contract. Plus he wants a chance at a Super Bowl.
    One of the most dominant players in the game WHEN HE WANTS TO BE.
    The problem is, he doesnt always want to be.

  3. A running back is only as good as his offensive line and the play calling. Today the Cowboys lost both battles.

    Zeke was the 3rd best running back on the field today. CJ Anderson, dominated both 1st round pick RBs on the stat sheet.

  4. Yet Mr Baseball and Aikeman, . gushed at every run by Elliott. For what was a good game the announcers once more showed their bias towards the Cowboys. Even at end of game when camera caught Cooper trying to fight nothing was said by these tow TV announcers and all they said was Rams won. Bet the Rams fans hated every minute of Fox commentary.

  5. Jerry has built a very talented young team. A team that has more talent than the record shows. A good coach, this team should be playing another week. Possible Super Bowl talent. Cowboys played a soft schedule and did upset New Orleans. But superior talent playing a soft schedule and a constant average record is ridiculous. Playoffs. Not if this team played in another division. Jerry is blinded by two guys. Garrett and Tony Romo. But I believe Tony Romo could be an excellent head coach. And Jerry would still have his boy. Romo has a keen sense of the game. He essentially has been involved in scouting every team as an analyst. Tony Romo head coach of Dallas Cowboys. Super Bowl.

  6. Was tough to watch. The Rams offense was just THAT good. They made a respectable defense look like garbage. They dominated the LOS on both sides of the ball.

    The game was not as close as the scoreboard.

  7. That was a good game, but it wasn’t as close as the score suggests. Holding Zeke to 47 on 20 stifles that Cowboys’ offense. And they shut him down, and put it on Dak 0.25’s shoulder. He just looks like a deer in the headlights, after Dak 1.0 put up a great rookie season.

  8. IMO, this was a typical Jason Garrett called playoff game. No imagination, stick with what is not working to the end, no adjustment to the game plan.

  9. Strange playoffs – with the Colts out, Ravens embarrassed, Cowboys stuffed and Steelers never even getting an invite I like all the teams left in the playoffs and would be happy to see any of them win it all.

  10. Fire Garrett and replace him with Wade Phillips who is now a member of the Shawn McVay coaching tree. Lol

  11. Figured that out on his own, folks. True student of the game.

    However, he better start realizing that his QB would never come to that conclusion if you drew him a map.

  12. NFC East Champions – hang a banner.

    Giants and Skins win same number of playoff games as the Cowgirls.

    NFC East, last team standing? Defending Superbowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles!!!

  13. Yet Mr Baseball and Aikeman, . gushed at every run by Elliott. For what was a good game the announcers once more showed their bias towards the Cowboys. Even at end of game when camera caught Cooper trying to fight nothing was said by these tow TV announcers and all they said was Rams won. Bet the Rams fans hated every minute of Fox commentary.

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    actually aikma. was incredibly neutral to point of being harsh on the
    cowboys throughout the telecast. at least he’s not a homer like irvin who on the pregame said that dak is a better qb than goff because of wins. even when mjd told him goff has more wins the last 2 years, irvin still kept saying wins are all that matters

  14. I always get a laugh when Elliot does his little feed me nonsense when they are down by 17 and he gained like 8 yards to get a act down. Dude… look at the scoreboard, your team was getting throttled and the score was not an indication of the game. The Rams had this game in control the entire game.
    Would like to see the Saints vs Rams for NFCCG. That will be a good one..

  15. A few thoughts: stop saying this was the #1 line for the Cowboys. They didn’t have travis fredrick, they were starting an under-sized rookie left guard, backup center, and tyron smith with a leg brace on his arm. Tyron has barely been able to keep standing straight without an ailment.

    Second, the score was as close as it was. And had Dallas made one stop at the end, they’d have the ball with a chance to tie. Yes, the Rams won. Yes, they were the better team. But don’t be so quick to discredit Dallas. Their OFFENSE kept them in the game. I’d like to see more creativity on the 4th down plays, and they need a 3-technique lineman. That’s about it.

  16. Nothing more delicious than having the big mouth Cowboys fans hopes crushed. Except maybe when the big mouth Packers fans have their hopes crushed. A close 3rd are the big mouth Skins fans.

  17. Actually expected Dallas to put up a bigger fight via zeke and cooper. Hats off to rams who played better and had a better scheme.

    Always thought Jason garret not innovative.

    Zeke seems like a tool.

  18. If I’m Jason Garrett, I’m not sleeping well these days… a reckoning is coming.

  19. killerquails says:
    January 13, 2019 at 8:06 am

    “Tony Romo could be an excellent head coach”

    Agree completely; Romo has an unerring sense of game management that few HCs do.

  20. As usual the Cowboys made the playoffs because of zero competition in their division and lost!

    Cowboys = America’s most mediocre team!

  21. Well, maybe things will be better for Zeke and the Cowboys. Travis Frederick should be back next season, Zack Martin should be healthy after dealing with a knee issue all season, Tyron Smith will be need to see if his back gets better, and hopefully Connor Williams gets stronger or the Cowboys need to find a nasty left guard.

  22. Dallas had a nice season and they have a lot of young talented players, but Dak is pretty limited and they have no 1st round pick and a lot of players to pay. And, they have Jerruh and his puppet…

  23. It’s simple the Rams committed everything to stopping the run and take Elliott out of the game. Zak just left way too many plays on the field. He was throwing over people, short and behind wide open receivers all game. He had some good throws too mixed in but you can’t miss wide open receivers that have nothing but green grass in front of them.

    There were at least three plays that he threw incompletions, and if he would have run the ball, he would have had some long runs.

    The Dallas D stunk for sure, but Zak left way too many plays on the field. I just don’t see this guy being able to win a Super Bowl. He will be an average QB at best.

  24. vikingf0rlife says:
    January 13, 2019 at 10:11 am
    As usual the Cowboys made the playoffs because of zero competition in their division and lost!

    Cowboys = America’s most mediocre team
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    No defender of the cowboys but didn’t your team give the most mediocre QB 84 million?

  25. LA committed to stopping the run, this meant that their crap weak secondary was as exposed as ever all night long. Dallas offense and especially the qb simply refused to read the situation and alter early to the incredible opportunity presented to them by putting the ball in the air when presented the chance. I have never seen such incredibly soft coverage at the line of scrimmage and a professional quarterback not take advantage. Cowboys absolutely deserved to lose this game.

  26. ninefingers9 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:41 am
    “Nothing more delicious than having the big mouth Cowboys fans hopes crushed. Except maybe when the big mouth Packers fans have their hopes crushed……”
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    Being in Dallas now I realize the true Cowboys fans out here are actually cool. It’s the outta town Cowboys fans that are obnoxious and unbearable. Much like Raiders fans who are not from Oakland or Los Angeles.

  27. Ron Jull says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    NFC East Champions – hang a banner.

    Giants and Skins win same number of playoff games as the Cowgirls.

    NFC East, last team standing? Defending Superbowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles!!!

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    Congratulations on the league scheduling the Eagles game to be played after the Cowboys game.

  28. Wade Phillips knew exactly what to do. Stop Elliott, win the game. The only true weapon the Cowboys have on offense is Elliott. Take him out of the picture and the Cowboys’ offense is reliant on Prescott. That’s an easy win for a decent opponent.

    Congrats to Sean, Wade, and the Rams on a big win!

  29. That’s an easy win for a decent opponent.

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    I know Dallas has many detractors, however let’s try to live in reality. Final was a 1 possession game.

  30. Eagle fans get a bad wrap. When our team loses, our players don’t blame each other, or throw somebody under the bus. The fans know when their team was beaten.

    To say this was a one possession game like the cowboys ever had a chance is preposterous. The Rams ran the ball up and down the field at will. You will see next year that teams will force Dak to beat them. He can’t Stop Zeke, they are done. You can’t blame coaches for not executing plays.

    Unfortunately I’m not expecting an eagles win today; but when it’s over they won’t be pointing a finger if they lose and they won’t accept individual praise if they win. That’s when you know you have a championship team.

  31. Everyone watching or listening to the game KNEW Zeke would be the ball carrier on that final 4th down try. Everyone except the HC and OC. Time for major changes!

  32. calizcowboyz says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE! MOMENTUM RIDE! BETTER DEFENSE! BETTER RB! BETTER QB! BETTER HC!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Gotta love the classics

  33. This kid is good but he does act like a jackass.
    It does bring up the question, how are the Rams gonna play defense next week? Either QB next week won’t miss the open receivers like Prescott did, and the Rams will be in trouble

  34. To win this game, the Dallas Cowboys had to do one thing: run the ball. That’s playoff football. Maintain possession, execute long time-consuming drives, and score points. They did not do that.

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised. They didn’t do that the last time they played in the divisional round of the playoffs. 1st-and-goal at the 3. Pass–INCOMPLETE. Run option–TACKLED for -1 yard. Pass–touchdown, NEGATED by a holding penalty for -10 yards. Now it’s 4th-and-goal at the 14–they’re moving backwards. Pass–INCOMPLETE. Cowboys lose.

    Not once, when the game, the entire season in fact, was on the line did Garrett/Linehan call a running play. This with the league-leading rusher. Same song, second verse, it doesn’t get better, but it can get worse.

    Coach Clap says the Cowboys are a running team, that they’re entire offense is based on running the football. They have the league-leading rusher, again, and he can’t even generate 50 yards? What a joke.

    When you broadcast your game plan, it makes you one-dimensional. We’re going to run the ball. Okay, all the opposing defense has to do is stop the run. After that, you have nothing.

    But it’s even worse than that. Proclaiming you’re going to run the ball, and then not running the ball on crucial plays in certain situations, renders you meaningless and unnoteworthy.

    These Dallas Cowboys have a roster stocked with young talent. What they do not have is a general manager and a head coach who know what to do with them.

  35. Next year Dallas will do the exact same thing. Skip Bayless will swear Zeke is the GOAT and they will tank in the playoffs. Zeke is a hell of a player but Dak will not lead them to the big game.

  36. How many times did Prescott throw behind his receivers?
    And Cowboys fans keep crowing about him being elite??
    The game was decided by the Rams front 4 keeping Prescott off balance & Suh played like he’s supposed too – clogging up the middle!

  37. Rams defense was punch mouth. That was the big thing. Rams also never stopped moving the ball against our defense which has been solid all year. Outplayed, but the cowboys future is bright. Talk crap about zeke or dak, but the dudes are legit. Just a tough playoff loss

  38. Tackled Zeke at point of attack and didn’t allow him to get extra yardage. Good tackling rules the day, most days! Nice job Rams. You finally won a home playoff game. Now go beat the Saints on the road!

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