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.
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.