Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams 9/21/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Cowboys 34, Rams 31
September 21, 2014
Week 3 gave us a pretty interesting-looking game on the schedule featuring the Cowboys and the Rams. Dallas was coming off a meaningful but sloppy win over the Titans in Week 2, while St. Louis was still riding high from a two-point nail-biter over the Buccaneers. Both teams certainly needed a win to keep the momentum going and make some headway in their respective divisions.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and the key players from this one so that we can figure out why things played out why they did. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 4 so that we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: St. Louis set the tone early and got off to a great start thanks to some Dallas mistakes. The Rams marched straight down the field in a lengthy opening drive resulting in a Lance Kendricks touchdown from Austin Davis. It was the only scoring of the first quarter.
In the second, Davis struck again with a long bomb over the top to the dynamic Brian Quick, resulting in a 51-yard TD and a 14-0 Rams lead. When Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw a pick on an ill-advised pass, Janoris Jenkins took it to the house for a 21-0 edge. The Cowboys would come back late in the quarter, however, with a solid drive and a 1-yard DeMarco Murray touchdown run. Dallas saw some late life after a Rams turnover and questionable penalty, notching a field goal on their final drive. After a pretty quick and active first half, it was 21-10 in favor of the Rams.
In the third, the Cowboys continued chipping away at St. Louis’ lead. Romo atoned for his earlier gaffe with a 68-yard bomb to favorite target Dez Bryant early in the quarter. Later on, a field goal would cut the lead to 21-20.
As the fourth quarter got started, the Rams were able to stop the bleeding with a 28-yard field goal, but Dallas responded on a 12-yard Terrance Williams TD for their first lead of the afternoon at 27-24. On the very next play from scrimmage, Bruce Carter snagged an interception and took it 25 yards for a defensive score and a 10-point lead.
St. Louis wasn’t done yet, though. A long drive downfield ended in another TD pass to make it 31-34. They got a chance to force overtime or even win the game, but a late interception sealed the victory for Dallas.
Interestingly enough, it was the largest deficit ever overcome by a Cowboys team in regulation in franchise history.
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The Stars: Lots of accolades to hand out in this one, especially offensively. Murray had a huge game with 100 yards rushing and a TD. He also posted 31 more through the air. Bryant would be the top receiver with his 89 yards and a score on six grabs.
On the other side, Davis performed admirably on 327 yards passing with three scores, but the two picks really hurt. Zac Stacy had 54 yards receiving and another 67 on the ground.
The Goats: There was really no defense in this game on either side, save for a few flashes. Dallas had 340 total yards with a 6.5 yards per play average, while the Rams had 448 yards on 6.2 yards per play.
St. Louis also shot themselves in the proverbial foot with eight penalties for 119 yards.
Injuries: Both teams came out of this one pretty clean, however Dallas was without Davon Coleman, Justin Durant, Anthony Spencer and Rolando McClain. Randall Scandrick came out late after a hard tackle.
The Rams were missing Trumaine Johnson, Barret Jones and Brandon McGee.
Outlook: The Cowboys will get a primetime game in Week 4: They host the Saints on “Sunday Night Football.” (Sunday, September 28; 8:30 PM ET on NBC.)
Meanwhile, the Rams will get a week off as part of the first round of byes in the NFL. They’ll return in Week 5 to see the Eagles in Philly.
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