Cowboys have late chances but fall short as Rams hold on for 20-17 win

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The Cowboys had a chance to tie the Rams with 11:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. But facing a fourth-and-three from the Rams 11, Mike McCarthy decided to go for it.

Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb made a rookie mistake, failing to run a route beyond the sticks, and rookie safety Jordan Fuller made the play of the game. Fuller’s tackle on Lamb after a 2-yard gain ended the Cowboys’ closest chance to tie or win the game.

The Cowboys had another near miss with 21 seconds remaining, but Michael Gallup‘s 47-yard catch to the Los Angeles 19 was negated by a questionable offensive pass interference call on Gallup against cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The Rams held on for a 20-17 victory in the opening of SoFi Stadium.

Malcolm Brown, replacing Todd Gurley whom the Rams cut in the offseason, ran for two touchdowns. He scored on a 1-yard run on the Rams’ opening drive and added a 2-yarder in the third quarter that proved the game-winner. Brown had 18 carries for 79 yards and three catches for 31 yards.

After a shaky start, Rams rookie kicker Samuel Sloman made field goals of 35 and 31 yards. He missed a 29-yarder.

The Rams outgained the Cowboys 422 to 380.

Jared Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and an interception. Robert Woods caught six passes for 105 yards.

Prescott went 25-of-39 for 266 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott caught a 19-yard touchdown and ran for a 1-yard touchdown, gaining 96 yards on 22 carries and adding 31 yards on three catches. Amari Cooper had 10 catches for 81 yards.

Aaron Donald had four tackles, a sack and four quarterback hits.

69 responses to “Cowboys have late chances but fall short as Rams hold on for 20-17 win

  1. Ramsey got beat multiple times tonight. He sold that BS pass interference call. This isn’t the NBA, for a game to end on that kinda call the refs should be held accountable. Smh

  2. Dak Prescott is just not a winning QB. I don’t care what his stats look like at the end of the year. When the game is on the line, in high pressure situations, he just cannot get it done. The last two plays of the game against the Rams he threw the ball into turf. Did not even give his receivers a chance. He is horrible, and does not deserve anywhere close to Mahomes money. It is laughable.

  3. Rams started out with the run and stuck with it. Pleasant change from last year.

    Aaron Donald giving the Cowboys line all kinds of grief. I love that guy.

  4. I noticed you didn’t mention the obvious hit to Goff’s head in this wrap up which was a big part of why the Cowboys had a chance in the 4th to begin with. Terrible missed call by the officials which handed the Cowboys a FG.

  5. Bad game plan by the cowboys. As usual.

    Dak can’t close, awful at 20+ yard passes, no tight end, no safeties, below average corners.

    I don’t see any difference with this coach compared to the last 3 years of mediocrity.

  6. Welcome to 2019 all over again. They looked identical to the Garret Cowboys and lost the same way. The only question left is 7-9, 8-8, 9-7? Which one will The Cowboys end up?

  7. The better team won. Should have won by more. Goff was awesome. Guy throws more passes down to the 1 yard line than any player in the history of the NFL.

  8. Maybe Jerruh will look up Colin. And they do have Andy Dalton who appears to be a better option than Dak. Prescott is atrocious.

  9. Refs 20 Cowboys 17
    Also: Terrible coaching decision to go for it on 4th and 3 within easy field goal range to tie the game.
    Also: New Rams uniforms are awful

  10. Chiefs fan, the live look definitely justified the OPI, the other looks made me think “how does a guy push off with the back of his wrist”….

    I think it was OPI.

  11. Not that the Cowboys’ overall effort deserved a win, but that was an absolute garbage PI call. Ramsey literally had his arm wrapped around Gallup’s arm, and was then pushing against him just as much as was Gallup. It’s an absolute textbook no-call moment.

    More empty stats for the Cowboys. But never good to see a game end on a terrible call.

  12. I absolutely hate the cowboys….but that opi was very weak. The db had him hooked the entire end of the route. And yeah…..Dak is overrated and should have taken the first deal thrown his way.

  13. chino62885 says:
    September 13, 2020 at 11:26 pm
    Ramsey got beat multiple times tonight. He sold that BS pass interference call. This isn’t the NBA, for a game to end on that kinda call the refs should be held accountable. Smh
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    Watch the replay. You will see they have an arm against one another while running down the field. Just before the ball gets to Gallop, he pushes off against Ramsey’s shoulder and creates separation. That is a penalty.

  14. Throwing 3 yard passes deep in your own territory down by 3 with 1:30 left? LOL smh Way to burn the clock for the Rams.

  15. I just don’t get the Dak hype at all. Not a fan of the cowboys so I only watch them when they have a prime time game, but the performance NEVER lives up to the hype the pundits lavish all over him.

  16. Where was that supposedly dominant Cowboys pass rushers? Demarcus Lawrence haven’t done a thing since he signed that contract, Everson Griffin was a non-factor, the best player on that defense was a player that didn’t play in 5 years.

  17. looks like the washington team and their d are going to have the rest of the nfc east on lockdown this season.

  18. I agree the Cowboys look no different. It’s like Garrett is still there. Their play style looked identical on offense, and their defense style while different is horrible against the run which will yield the same 3rd down results as the last few years. I have a hard time believing that coaches make that little of a difference. The one nightmare that returned was that Dallas didn’t adjust…just like the Garrett days. They seemed to just stick with the game plan they started the game with and were happy to lose that way. They better work on a game plan for quick release game play because they were not prepared for that. They’ll get eaten alive by teams like N.O. SanFra, KC. Any over 500 team really. How about the injuries? No one’s fault unless it was conditioning issues, but boy, did they get slapped in the face with the injury bug. Any depth they had is gone and they’re in desperation mode after just one game.

  19. Kinda makes all of those so called experts look really stupid especially when they were practically handing Dallas the Lombardi trophy!

  20. The Cowboys under Jerry Jones have perfected a decades long tradition of pre-season Super Bowl champions. Why would this year be any different?

    Tons of hype, numerous players that are “superstars” due to the enormous amount of press coverage- not due to their play, all of which amounts to season after season of disappointing results.

    Why pay all these “stars” market setting contracts to continue a tradition of mediocrity.

  21. Ater watching the Lamb route on the missed third down opportunity a few times, I can state that Lamb did not fail to run past the line as he was unable to do so due to a group of players from both teams in his way as he cut across the field.

  22. If any play should be reviewed, it should be pass interference. No other play has such a significance impact on the game’s outcome.

  23. I hate the Cowboys and am glad they lost BUT that was a terrible call. Almost as bad a call as going for it on 4th & 3 down 3 in the 4th quarter of a low scoring game amplified by the shakiness of LA’s kicker. The non-call on Goff was bad also so I guess it evens out. I thought the refs were overall pretty good yesterday too…outside of this game

  24. Cowboys fan here saying the OPI looked legit. I called it as the flags were flying. The thing I remember most about the game, besides it being really boring, was Prescott taking a sack on 3rd down when they were in fg range. That was just dumb. He’s been a starter for four years?

  25. Get used to it Cowboy fans. McCarthy did stuff like this many times in Green Bay.
    He’s a winner, but he’ll break your heart mucho.

  26. I don’t understand how people can say that was not offensive pass interference. Yes Ramsey got beat, but you can’t stiff arm a guy to make sure he does not catch up to make a play on the ball. If a defender did the exact same thing to an offensive player, the defender would get called for pass interference 99% of the time. The other 1% would be the refs from the Saints/Rams 2019 playoff game.

  27. Surprised to not see the MM offensive scheme he used in GB. Run twice pass once. He passed more and left poor Eliot waste his talent. Ya that love fest wont last long and the boo birds will get on his case if he doesnt start winning next week.
    These players, especially and Eliot live to put up big yards to be the man and wont be happy in a shared running scheme and passing offence.
    The Dallas QB was not that good. He may be over rated and over paid too.

  28. Despite the awful PI call(it was bad). The Cowboys deserved to lose that game. They haven’t fixed the biggest weakness on defense. The run defense got steam rolled, guys were out of position, no run fits and it is a huge mess. Going to be a long season if this is not tightened up.

  29. That 4th down call when they could have tied… yikes. You have Zeke and don’t even FAKE like you might give it to him? Instead the designed play is a zero yard pass hoping the receiver can get lost in traffic or break a tackle to pick it up on his own?

  30. Everybody is saying Ramsey was beat. What?? He was stride for stride with Gallup…until the stiff arm created separation. That is the DEFINITION of pass interference. Yeah, the timing sucked, but they called (correctly IMO) what they saw.

  31. For Dak to have any chance of success, he must have a good O-LINE. Looks like the Cowboys have an average O-LINE…..not good for Dak

  32. it is shocking to call OPI on that play given the stage in the game, very minimal contact, and the fact that it involved the best and richest corner in the game. Gallup repeatedly beat Ramsey last night, including on that play. i really hope this was just a screw up and not how OPI is going to be called in the NFL this year.

  33. sportoficionado says:
    September 14, 2020 at 9:43 am
    Despite the awful PI call(it was bad)…
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    So you are allowed to push off on the shoulder of the defender to create separation just before the pass gets to you? Watch the replay. It’s crystal clear.

  34. On the Ramsey PI call, the receiver’s arm was fully extended when he made contact with Ramsey. When the receiver’s elbow is flat and that arm makes contact with the DB, the refs are going to call that every time. If you guys are saying the receiver didn’t push off, it was still his fault for extending his arm that far and making contact with the Ramsey.

  35. That’s a 50/50 call. Ramsey was beaten like a rented mule (all day) and Gallup didn’t really even have to touch him. Ramsey also had a hold of Gallup’s wrist for a second.

  36. It was the definition of OPI. A pushoff to create separation. It just needs to be called more consistently. But when you can tie the game with a FG on a fourth down, YOU TIE THE GAME WITH A FG!! This is not a loss you can blame on the refs.

  37. The receipe for beating the Cowboys is very simple. Stop Zeke and make Dak beat you. The Rams did the same thing two years ago in the playoffs. There is a reason the Cowboys are an average team……..they have an average quarterback. Forget about Dak’s statistics, they are for losers.

  38. sam north says:
    September 13, 2020 at 11:32 pm
    I noticed you didn’t mention the obvious hit to Goff’s head in this wrap up which was a big part of why the Cowboys had a chance in the 4th to begin with. Terrible missed call by the officials which handed the Cowboys a FG.

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    it was incidental contact that resulted in Goff having a man’s hand touch his helmet. Calm down.

  39. Look up McCarthy’s record with Green Bay and comebacks in the 4th qtr. The real number is bad and the ratio comparing to the total number of attempts is even worse.

    He is simply not a coach who adjusts to the in game factors. He is good with a lead but really, who isn’t? The Cowboys could have done better but let them figure it out after 3-4 seasons of failure.

  40. I was surprised that with 4th and 3, McCarthy even had Eliot in the backfield. Typically in Green Bay it was empty backfield and anything more than 1 yard was definitely a passing down. 3rd and more than 1 yard will be pass, pass, pass all year for the Cowboys. I feel sorry for the Cowboy fans that will have to watch such a predictable offense all year.

  41. September 13, 2020 at 11:35 pm
    Bad game pla usual.

    Dak can’t close, awful at 20+ yard passes, no tight end, no safeties, below average corners.

    I don’t see any difference with this coach compared to the last 3 years of mediocrity.

  42. I agree with those commenting on the coaching and 4th down call.
    McCarthy is going to cost them several games.

  43. Goff looks no better than last year. He is a bust and the offense play calling is not good…..Wonder boy is done!!!!

  44. Next weekend watch Brees Mahomes Wilson Rogers head when they go back to pass. They all look like bobble head dolls . One side to another. Then watch Daks head and his eyes. That’s all you will need to know.

  45. jtgush says:
    September 14, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    Goff looks no better than last year. He is a bust and the offense play calling is not good…..Wonder boy is done!!!!
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    Based on…his impressive win against a strong conference opponent? Yes, point well taken. I mean he for sure shouldn’t have thrown that pick while being punched in the face. What a “bust.”

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