9/14/20 Inglewood, Ca - The Los Angeles Rams kicked-off their NFL season with a hard-fought 20-17 victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in their new home, So-Fi Stadium.
It would be a new era for the Rams' running game without Todd Gurley in the back-field, and who would step up as the feature back in the first game of the season.
Jared Goff got the Rams' offense going early in the first quarter, with a 31-yard pass to wide receiver Robert Woods that helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Malcolm Brown to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.
The Cowboys tied the game 7-7 with 12:24 left in the second quarter after quarterback Dak Prescott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to running-back Ezekiel Eliott.
Jared Goff drove the Rams' offense down the field to set up Sloman for a 35-yard field goal with 8:42 left in the second quarter, to give them a 10-7 lead.
The Rams added more points to their total after Sloman kicked a 31-yard field goal increasing the Rams' lead to 13-7 with 1:56 left in the second quarter.
Prescott and the Cowboys in their hurry-up offense, with 17 seconds left in the first half, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Elliot to give them a 14-13 lead going into halftime.
The stat that must have had the Rams'coach Sean McVay shaking his head, time possession, the Rams 12:20, and the Cowboys 2:40, and you find yourself trailing by one-point 14-13.
In the first half, Goff had completed 12 of his 19 passes for a 168-yards, and Prescott completed 15 of 18 passes for 187-yards. Brown carried the ball ten times for 49-yards, and Elliot carried the ball nine times for 37-yards.
The Rams with 5:33, left in the third quarter, regain the lead 20-14 after Brown scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys responded with a 33-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein that made the score 20-17.
The Cowboys, trailing with under a minute left in the game, Prescott threw a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup, that put them in field goal range.
However, two officials threw their flags on the same play for offensive-pass interference against Gallup that killed any hope of the Cowboys tying up the game and a chance to send the game into overtime.
Goff finished the night completed 20 passes for 275-yards, his second-highest total for the season game opener. Brown carried the ball 18 times for 79-yards 2 touchdowns, and Robert Woods 6 catches for 105-yards.
After the game, Malcolm Brown shared his feeling about scoring two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys and getting their first win of the season.
“It’s exciting. We had a good game plan going in. If those guys call my number, I just have to be ready. That’s my mindset, it’s going to stay my mindset throughout the year. I really just got to show love to the big dogs upfront. They make it easy for me. Just to get two tonight, and have that first one at SoFi, it’s exciting. I feel like it may live forever. It was cool.”
Prescott for the Cowboys completed 25 passes for 266-yards 1 touchdown, Elliot carried the ball 22 times for 96-yards, and Amari Cooper 10 catches for 81-yards.
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