Reeling and barely holding onto their divisional lead, the Dallas Cowboys are facing a must-win scenario on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cowboys have lost three of their last four games, with the only win over that stretch coming against depleted Lions team.
The Cowboys will be relatively healthy on Sunday, however, with Sean Lee set to take the field after being listed as questionable throughout the week.
The inactive list for the Cowboys includes linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and defensive tackle Trysten Hill, among others.
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The Cowboys won the opening toss and elected to kick the ball away to the Rams. Dallas had the Rams stopped on a three and out to begin the game, but a defensive holding penalty extended the drive for the Los Angeles. Dallas would recover, however, forcing a Rams punt, and giving Dallas the ball inside their own 15.
Dallas opened their first drive of the game with a short pass to Jason Witten, followed by a pair of solid runs from Zeke Elliott. Following a couple of incompletions down the field, Dallas would be forced to punt themselves, giving the Rams the ball back at their own 22.
With the Rams nearing midfield, the Cowboys defense was able to clamp down and make another stop, forcing another Los Angeles punt. After a fair catch, Dallas took over inside their own 10.
Dallas went to Prescott on a keeper for seven yards to begin their second drive, followed by a first down run from Elliott to move the chains. Elliott followed up with another solid run of 10 yards, giving the Cowboys another first down. Facing third and long, Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a big gain across the middle to continue the drive. The Cowboys were able to move the ball deep into rams territory, culminating on a Prescott to Witten touchdown pass to put the Cowboys up 7-0.
The Rams were able to move the ball on their ensuing possession, with Robert Woods catching a screen on third down to move the chains. After an injury to Joe Thomas, the Rams drive continued with a long connection from Goff to Reynolds to put the ball inside Dallas territory to end the first quarter.
Tyler Higbee opened the second quarter with another long run after the catch from Jared Goff to get the Rams inside the Dallas 10. The Rams got into the endzone a couple of plays later on a Goff to Gurley connection, tying the game at 7-7.
The Cowboys were quick to respond, beginning the next drive with a 15-yard run by Elliott. A couple of plays later, Prescott avoided a sack and hit a wide-open Tavon Austin for a 59-yard score to put the Cowboys back on top 14-7
Quickly facing a third and long, the Rams were unable to keep their next drive alive after a short pass that did not go beyond the chains, forcing a punt. After an excellent punt, Dallas took over from inside their own five.
Dallas was able to get some breathing room after a big first down gain by Blake Jarwin, pushing the ball to the 30. Facing a fourth and inches deep into Ram territory, Jason Garrett elected to go for it and the Cowboys converted, keeping the drive alive. A couple of plays later, Dallas punched the ball into the end zone with Zeke Elliott, taking a 21-7 lead with 1:57 to go in the half.
The Rams tried to answer to get back into the game, but Jared Goff was picked off by Sean Lee, who took the ball all the way inside the Rams 10 yard line. Just when it seemed like the drive had stalled for Dallas, Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers was called for illegal hands to the face, resulting in another Cowboy touchdown on the following play, and giving Dallas a 28-7 lead heading into the locker room.
With the coin toss controversy cleared up during the half, the Cowboys started the second half with the football and rode Ezekiel Elliott throughout the drive to move into Rams territory. Dallas was able to get inside the Rams 30, but the drive stalled there, forcing Kai Forbath to attempt his first kick as a Dallas Cowboy. Forbath hit the 50-yarder, giving the Cowboys a 31-7 lead.
Dallas kept the momentum going on defense, forcing the Rams into a three and out that culminated in a sack of Jared Goff, and a punt. Dallas took over from their own 32 after a Tavon Austin punt return.
The Cowboys could not keep it going on their ensuing possession, however, going three and out and punting right back to Rams.
Dallas looked to have forced a three and out of their own on the next Rams drive, but the Rams faked the punt. On the fake the Rams receiver caught the ball at the line of scrimmage, converting the first down. Dallas was able to force a turnover on downs just a few plays later, however, giving the ball back to their offense.
After another methodical drive, Dallas got in position for a second Kai Forbath field goal attempt, which he nailed, putting Dallas up 34-7 to start the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys defense continued its onslaught on the Rams offense on the next Los Angeles drive, forcing another three and out, and a sack of Jared Goff on third down by Jourdan Lewis.
With the game well in hand, Dallas utilized Tony Pollard at running back to great effect, hitting the rookie on a swing pass for a big gain into Rams territory. Zeke Elliott then added a couple of carries and a first down, before the Rams were able to seal the leaks in their defense, and force another Kai Forbath kick. Forbath hit the attempt, extending the Dallas lead to 37-7.
The Rams were finally able to get into the end zone on their next drive, marching down the field on the Cowboy defense. The drive ended with a Todd Gurley touchdown and two-point conversion, making it 37-15 Cowboys with just over three minutes to go in the game.
Tony Pollard was able to put an exclamation point on the game after that, going 44 yards for a score on the second play of the drive, and giving Dallas a 44-15 lead with three minutes to go in the game.
The Rams would add a garbage-time touchdown, but the two-point conversion was picked off in the end zone, making it 44-21 Cowboys with 40 seconds to go in the game.
From there, the Cowboys would take a knee, ending the game with a 44-15 win.