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LAR 30, DAL 22: Cowboys Can’t Stop Run, Season Ends

The Cowboys kept fighting even after a 20-7 halftime score, but this time there was no coming back. Dallas' ended with a 30-22 loss to the in the .

The game will be most remembered for the abysmal run from the Cowboys. They gave up a total of 273 rushing yards, with both and C.J. Anderson going for over 100 yards, and three touchdowns on the ground.

Los Angeles didn't even need their , which only produced 186 yards. They dominated the clock and the scoreboard with just their rushing attack.

For Dallas, was stymied for most of the game. He had just 47 yards on 20 carries, which included a touchdown. Unlike most games, Zeke wasn't even a real factor in the passing game with just two catches.

was mostly good, throwing for 266 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers. He also scored once as a runner.

But with the good was the bad, and Dak did have some rough plays. Perhaps his worst was a decision to throw the ball into coverage on 3rd-and-5 instead of running for an easy first down in the first half. The Rams went up 20-7 on their next drive.

But again, the real story here was the defense. The Cowboys had no answer for the Los Angeles run game, with especially looking befuddled by misdirection plays. Later in the game, the Rams just outpowered Dallas over and over both in the trenches and with Anderson's power running.

The better team won, and the ' has begun.

Other Notes

  • led all receivers with six catches for 119 yards. also had six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
  • The Rams ran 28 pass plays and Dallas only touched Goff one time with a QB hit, but never sacked and barely pressured him. never made a sound, which might come up in his contract talks this year.
  • played in a steady rotation with and Jaylon Smith, and it may be the last time you see him in a Cowboys uniform. Dallas can save $7 million in space by releasing the veteran LB this offseason.
  • Speaking of last game's with Dallas, it's hard to imagine returning as after this season. The Cowboys seemed to win in spite of their much of the year, and nothing from these playoff games changed that feeling.
  • had a chance at a big play on play-action but dropped it, reminding us why he probably isn't going to be around next year either.
  • This game reminded me that being gone was a bad thing. Not only did Dallas struggle to get runs up the middle, but was a terror all night. That's not a knock on , but more that we needed our All-Pro to help win this one. Looney would've been better at left this year than or .
  • The loss makes it five-straight times that Dallas has lost in the Divisional Round of the . They fail to return to the Championship Game yet again, the last time being in 1995.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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