The Dallas Cowboys shocked the world for the fifth time in a row on Sunday by going on the road and defeating the reigning Super Bowl champions in their building and doing so with a backup quarterback in Cooper Rush calling the shots.
Dallas is now in a four-game winning streak that is bookended by victories against last year’s Super Bowl participants with two games against division rivals in between. Needless to say this is all pretty incredible.
We kept tabs on all of the action throughout the contest down below as each quarter passed by. If you want to read it in chronological order make sure to head down to the bottom and scroll up.
FINAL: Dallas 22, Los Angeles 10
The fourth quarter began with the Rams holding the ball. They attempted a field goal shortly after the period began and saw it sail wide right.
Dallas took over with a 9-point lead and less than a quarter to go. You would be hard pressed to find better situations for a team operating with their backup quarterback on the road against the reigning Super Bowl champions. On 3rd and 4 near midfield Cooper Rush found CeeDee Lamb for what looked like an easy conversion, but unfortunately CeeDee dropped it as Jalen Ramsey pushed him out of bounds.
The Rams were unable to get anything done though and gave the ball back to Dallas.
All told the Cowboys were able to squeak out another field goal to give themselves a 12-point lead that they would never relinquish. Micah Parsons ended it with an exclamation point of a sack. Cowboys win!
The Cowboys received the ball to start the second half and got to work quickly with it.
Last week saw Michael Gallup haul in his first touchdown of the season but Sunday saw him make his first “omg Michael Gallup” catch on the year.
MICHAEL GALLUP INSANE CATCH— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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This was a critical third down conversion by Dallas on a possession that they ultimately got points out of. It was “only” a field goal, but pushed the lead at the time to multiple possessions which is always important.
So the Rams took over and looked to be driving a little bit. On a critical third down Micah Parsons, who it was announced was dealing with a groin injury, got home for a much-needed sack and stop.
MICAH— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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Dallas was unable to do anything with that possession though and punted back to the Rams. Time for the fourth quarter.
Score at the end of the 3rd Quarter: Dallas 19, Los Angeles 10
The Rams punted back to Dallas shortly after the second quarter started. Unfortunately Michael Gallup had a bad miss on third and short that forced the Cowboys to punt right back.
Unfortunately that was when the Rams struck. Cooper Kupp scored on a 75-yard touchdown.
Cooper Kupp ran very far for a touchdown against the Cowboys.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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Apparently the Cowboys were inspired. After getting off to a nice start with their next drive they handed the ball to running back Tony Pollard.
That wound up being a very good idea as he scored a 57-yard touchdown!
TOUCHDOWN TONY POLLARD!!!— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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The teams traded punts and then the Rams got back to work. While it looked as if LA would punt yet again they decided to get tricky and successfully pulled off a fake.
RAMS FAKE PUNT— NFL (@NFL) October 9, 2022
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Ultimately no harm was done as the Rams weren’t able to do much past their trickery. They wound up actually punting to the Cowboys with under 30 seconds left in the half.
The Cowboys get the ball to start the second half so they were content to just pack up and go to the locker room with the lead.
Score at the end of the 2nd Quarter: Dallas 16, Los Angeles 10
The Los Angeles Rams started the game with the ball and typically the team with the ball has the higher likelihood of scoring during an NFL game, but the Dallas Cowboys defense is from another world.
On third down Dorance Armstrong and DeMarcus Lawrence met at Matthew Stafford. The ball came free and Tank was able to scoop it up on his way to the endzone!
DALLAS COWBOYS DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN!!!— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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Unfortunately the Cowboys missed the extra point, but the good news is that the Rams got the ball again.
While Dallas was unable to generate a turnover they were able to force the Rams to punt. That is when Dorance Armstrong stepped in and made things epic.
DORANCE ARMSTRONG BLOCKED PUNT!!!— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 9, 2022
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With the ball for a third time the Rams dug in a little bit deeper and were able to scratch out some points. A big reason for that was a deep connection between Matthew Stafford and Tutu Atwell.
Tutu Atwell's first NFL catch gains 58 yards against Trevon Diggspic.twitter.com/3a9nwI18fW— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) October 9, 2022
The Rams wound up settling for a field goal.
With their next possession the Cowboys did move the chains at first but ultimately stalled out. On third down Aaron Donald was able to get to Cooper Rush and jar the ball loose, thankfully Tyler Smith recovered it (Smith also was called for holding on the play) so that the Cowboys could punt it away.
Score at the end of the 1st Quarter: Dallas 9, Los Angeles 3