Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys

LAR
35
DAL
30
FINAL
1234T
LAR 31310935
DAL 3210630

Game Information
Location: AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 91,869

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Todd Gurley can help make Jared Goff's second go-round in the NFL much more enjoyable than the first.

What better way for the Los Angeles Rams running back to show it than to lead a win over last year's dynamic rookie duo of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and 2016 NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott?

Gurley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 53-yard catch-and-run while generating 215 total yards, Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high seven field goals and the Rams beat the Cowboys 35-30 on Sunday.

Gurley finished with 121 yards rushing and 94 receiving as the Rams overcame two first-half touchdowns from Elliott the day before a federal appeals court hearing related to the star running back's blocked six-game suspension over a domestic incident in Ohio.

"Me being able to step up takes a lot of stress off everybody, and we obviously have a lot of guys that can do a lot of things, just being able to have diversity on offense," Gurley said.

The Rams (3-1) rallied from 11 points down late in the first half and matched their start from a year ago, when they went 1-11 the rest of the way as Goff, the No. 1 overall pick, was sitting and later lost the first seven starts of his career.

Goff showed more poise in first-year coach Sean McVay's offense, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He has seven TD passes and one interception this season.

The Cowboys (2-2) are already a loss shy of their total from last season when Prescott, the 135th pick in Goff's draft, was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the top-seeded team in the NFC.

And Prescott is already one interception away from last year's total of four after a play that was originally ruled a fumble was changed to a diving pick by linebacker Mark Barron at the Dallas 29. Zuerlein's sixth field gave the Rams 19 straight points and a 32-24 lead.

"We're not going to lose confidence," Prescott said. "We feel like we're getting better. Even in a loss, we're going to find a way to get better."

Dallas held the Rams to 131 yards in the first half, but the absence of All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) showed up after halftime. After punting on their first possession of the second half, the Rams scored five straight times, including Gurley's long TD catch.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, punted on their first three possessions of the second half after scoring on all four first-half drives. Prescott's interception came on the fourth possession after halftime against a defense led by former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.

"Just had little corrections we had to fix here and there," said All-Pro Aaron Donald, who had Prescott wrapped for a sack in the first half before losing his grip as Prescott ducked and spun away on an 18-yard throw to Dez Bryant. "Once we did that we were solid."

Prescott was 20 of 36 for 252 yards with three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to Elliott. Bryant had five catches for a season-high 98 yards.

MINI-ME, MINI-ME TWO

Gurley had 30 touches: 23 carries and a team-high seven catches. Receiver Tavon Austin had six carries for 48 yards and at one point had 40 yards rushing to Gurley's 41. "Tavon, I guess he's the mini-running back now and I'm the mini-receiver," Gurley said.

SUB-100 AGAIN

Elliott had 85 yards on 21 carries for his third straight sub-100-yard game, matching the longest such streak from last season. Backup Alfred Morris had the longest Dallas run of the season and longest of his career, a 70-yarder to set up Elliott's second TD. The 1-yard plunge came after a review overturned a touchdown. Both times, Elliott took the ball to his mom in a field-level suite behind the end zone. Morris had 76 yards.

TRY, TRY AGAIN

Terrance Williams dropped a potential tying 2-point conversion pass on the third try midway through the fourth quarter after Prescott's 28-yard scoring toss to James Hanna got Dallas within 32-30. Center Travis Frederick was called for holding when Prescott ran in the first attempt. Dallas got another shot after a defensive holding call.

CAREER DAY

Zuerlein said he never before had more than five field goals in a game at any level. The sixth-year pro had five in a 22-7 win over Denver in November 2014. He had a 44-yarder on the final play of the first half, and the long was from 49.

UP NEXT:

Rams: Will be in first place for first meeting next Sunday with Seattle, winner of three NFC West titles in the past four seasons.

Cowboys: Green Bay returns to Arlington next Sunday after beating the top-seeded Cowboys on their home field in a divisional playoff last January.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Rams Cowboys
11:30 Dan Bailey 34 yd FG 0 3
07:07 Greg Zuerlein 49 yd FG 3 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Rams Cowboys
14:05 Ezekiel Elliott 10 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick) 3 10
12:39 Greg Zuerlein 44 yd FG 6 10
10:53 Ezekiel Elliott 1 yd run (Dan Bailey kick) 6 17
06:33 Cooper Kupp 7 yd pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick) 13 17
01:51 Brice Butler 10 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Dan Bailey kick) 13 24
00:00 Greg Zuerlein 44 yd FG 16 24

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Rams Cowboys
07:26 Greg Zuerlein 30 yd FG 19 24
02:59 Todd Gurley II 53 yd pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick) 26 24

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Rams Cowboys
11:56 Greg Zuerlein 28 yd FG 29 24
09:41 Greg Zuerlein 43 yd FG 32 24
07:11 James Hanna 28 yd pass from Dak Prescott (failed 2pt Pass from Dak Prescott) 32 30
01:55 Greg Zuerlein 33 yd FG 35 30

Team Stats
  Los Angeles Dallas
1st Downs 24 22
Total Yards 412 440
Passing 244 251
Passing Completions/Attempts 21-36 20-36
Yards/Pass 6.6 6.6
Rushing 168 189
Rushing Attempts 31 27
Yards/Rush 5.4 7.0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 30:32 29:28

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jared Goff 21 36 255 7.1 2 0

Dallas Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Dak Prescott 20 36 252 7.0 3 1

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Todd Gurley II 23 121 5.3 0 17
Tavon Austin 6 48 8.0 0 14
Malcolm Brown 1 0 0.0 0 0
Jared Goff 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Dallas Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ezekiel Elliott 21 85 4.0 1 16
Alfred Morris 2 76 38.0 0 70
Dak Prescott 3 25 8.3 0 12
Ryan Switzer 1 3 3.0 0 3

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Todd Gurley II 7 94 13.4 1 53
Cooper Kupp 5 60 12.0 1 24
Tyler Higbee 3 47 15.7 0 29
Robert Woods 2 17 8.5 0 19
Sammy Watkins 1 17 17.0 0 17
Malcolm Brown 1 14 14.0 0 14
Gerald Everett 1 8 8.0 0 8
Tavon Austin 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Dallas Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dez Bryant 5 98 19.6 0 36
Ezekiel Elliott 4 54 13.5 1 31
Terrance Williams 4 34 8.5 0 13
James Hanna 1 28 28.0 1 28
Cole Beasley 3 17 5.7 0 12
Brice Butler 2 12 6.0 1 10
Jason Witten 1 9 9.0 0 9

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Mark Barron 7 0 0 0
Alec Ogletree 6 1 0 0
Kayvon Webster 6 0 0 0
Trumaine Johnson 4 0 0 0
John Johnson III 3 0 0 0
Michael Brockers 2 1 1 1
Aaron Donald 2 0 0 0
Matt Longacre 2 0 0 0
Nickell Robey-Coleman 2 0 0 0
Connor Barwin 1 1 1 0
Cody Davis 1 1 0 0
Morgan Fox 1 0 0 0
Robert Quinn 1 1 0 0
Maurice Alexander 0 2 0 0
Bryce Hager 0 0 0 0
Tanzel Smart 0 1 0 0
Ethan Westbrooks 0 2 0 0

Dallas Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jaylon Smith 7 3 0 0
Anthony Brown 5 1 0 0
Jeff Heath 5 1 0 0
Byron Jones 5 0 0 0
Demarcus Lawrence 3 1 1 11
Justin Durant 3 1 0 0
Orlando Scandrick 3 1 0 0
Maliek Collins 2 0 0 0
Jourdan Lewis 2 1 0 0
Xavier Woods 2 0 0 0
Tyrone Crawford 1 0 0 0
Kavon Frazier 1 2 0 0
Benson Mayowa 1 0 0 0
Damontre' Moore 1 1 0 0
Damien Wilson 1 0 0 0
Cole Beasley 0 0 0 0
Taco Charlton 0 1 0 0
James Hanna 0 0 0 0
Stephen Paea 0 1 0 0
Keith Smith 0 0 0 0
Rod Smith 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Mark Barron 1 4 0

Dallas Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Pharoh Cooper 4 123 30.8 0 66

Dallas Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ryan Switzer 3 78 26.0 0 28

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tavon Austin 3 20 6.7 0 7

Dallas Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ryan Switzer 1 0 0.0 0 0

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Zuerlein 7 7 100.0 49

Dallas Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Bailey 1 1 100.0 34

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Hekker 2 108 62

Dallas Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Chris Jones 3 141 55