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Rams show playoff toughness, beat Dallas Cowboys to advance to NFC title game – Daily News

Rams show playoff toughness, beat Dallas Cowboys to advance to NFC title game – Daily News
  • Operating again C.J. Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for a primary down as defensive deal with Antwaun Woods #99 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the deal with within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again C.J. Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for a primary down on the aim line towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a primary down catch towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams prepares to to cross towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams seems to be on towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Inside linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles operating again Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Inside linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles operating again Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for yardage towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • lin the primary half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams calls a ply towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams leaps for yardage towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dallas Cowboys fan seems to be towards the scoreboard towards the Los Angeles Rams within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Tight finish Tyler Higbee #89 of the Los Angeles Rams can’t maintain a move in the long run zone towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs fora first down towards the Los Angeles Rams within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs fora first down towards the Los Angeles Rams within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Todd Gurley of the Rams mocks operating again Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys (not pictured) after operating for landing towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for landing towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for landing towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams prepares to cross towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again C.J. Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Rams runs for a primary down as defensive deal with Antwaun Woods #99 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the deal with within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Large receiver Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys can’t maintain onto a cross in entrance of inside linebacker Mark Barron #26 of the Los Angeles Rams within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again C.J. Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Rams rects after operating for a landing towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again C.J. Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Rams dives for the landing towards the Dallas Cowboys within the first half of a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams Basic Supervisor Les Snead enters the sector prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Cole Beasley #11 of the Dallas Cowboys enters the sector prior to a NFL playoff soccer game towards the Los Angeles Rams on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for footage with followers prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams fan sporting a watermelon prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, left, with Los Angeles Rams proprietor Stan Kronke prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Broad receiver Brandin Cooks of the Rams takes a second earlier than operating onto the sector prior to a NFL playoff game towards the Dallas Cowboys on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams prior to a NFL playoff soccer game on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES – Dallas had a great game plan, a profitable one. So the Rams co-opted it, improved it, rolled it up and smacked the Cowboys round with it Saturday night time.

Run the ball, management time of possession and play stout run protection. The Rams, flashy and splashy for 2 seasons beneath Coach Sean McVay, performed old-school January soccer and eventually obtained their coveted playoff win. The Rams took a bodily game to the Cowboys and earned a 30-22 victory on the Coliseum.

“That’s a big-time win for us,” McVay stated. “We knew it was going to be a physical game.”

With a surprisingly efficient one-two punch of operating backs C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley, who mixed for 238 yards and three touchdowns, the Rams held the ball for greater than 36 minutes, and their oft-maligned run protection restricted the NFL’s main rusher, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, to 47 yards on 20 carries.

The Rams gained a playoff game for the primary time since 2004 and superior to the NFC championship game for the primary time since 2001. Subsequent Sunday, the Rams both will play at New Orleans or host Philadelphia, relying on the results of the Saints-Eagles divisional-round game on Sunday afternoon

“This ain’t (anything),” Gurley stated. “We’ve still got more more. Got to keep winning.”

Playoff victories aren’t supposed to be straightforward, and positively the Cowboys have been worthy opponents. They led 7-Three after the primary quarter and, even after the Rams took a 23-7 lead early within the third quarter, the Cowboys battled again.That they had an opportunity to tie the game early within the fourth quarter, however then the game turned one remaining time on two fourth-down performs.

Dallas, down eight factors, confronted a fourth-and-1 play on the Rams’ 35. The Cowboys, fairly fairly, handed the ball to Elliott, who rushed for 1,434 yards within the common season. Elliott acquired stuffed for no achieve and a turnover on downs.

Then, on the finish of an extended, clock-eating drive, the Rams confronted their very own fourth-and-1 play on the Dallas 1-yard line. They might have kicked a subject objective for a 10-point lead with seven minutes to play, however they went for it. The Rams’ offensive linemen pushed the Cowboys midway to Ft. Value and Anderson scored a game-clinching landing to give the Rams a 30-15 lead.

“We always talk about attacking success and never fearing failure,” McVay stated. “I think that really just personifies our team’s mentality. We wanted to come out and play fearless.”

Maybe the good motivation for a workforce comes when its toughness is doubted. All week, the Rams listened — even when they claimed not to — to pundits speak about how the Cowboys would management the road of scrimmage Saturday. As an alternative, the Rams had their greatest all-around game of the season on the line of scrimmage.

The Rams had invited questions on themselves due to questionable play on each side of the ball since their late-November bye week, however from the beginning Saturday, they appeared just like the Rams of previous. That began with a dominant offensive line, led by deal with Andrew Whitworth, guard Rodger Saffold and middle John Sullivan.

Gurley returned from a two-game absence due to a knee damage, and one way or the other, final yr’s NFL offensive participant of the yr turned a complement to Anderson, who was unemployed final month. The Cowboys had no reply for one of many least-likely one-two punches in playoff historical past.

Anderson bruised the Cowboys for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, whereas Gurley seemed simply nice, as he gained 115 yards on 16 carries and burst for a 35-yard landing late within the second quarter.

Gurley’s landing put an exclamation level on a primary half that the Rams dominated within the trenches. No staff this season rushed for greater than 178 yards towards Dallas in a full game. The Rams have been at 170 yards by halftime, then topped 200 yards on their first drive of the third quarter, and completed with 273, probably the most in a single playoff game in franchise historical past.

That success got here towards a Dallas run protection that allowed solely Three.eight yards per carry within the common season, then accomplished stifled Seattle’s run game in final weeks’ wild-card-round playoff victory.

The Rams’ veteran offensive line was stellar, not solely within the run game but in addition in defending quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed poised within the pocket and stepped into throws. Goff wasn’t good, notably together with his accuracy, however he prevented errors and accomplished 15 of 28 makes an attempt for 186 yards. He additionally tucked the ball in on a maintain for an 11-yard achieve and a primary down with 1:51 to play.

“We didn’t beat ourselves,” receiver Brandin Cooks stated. “Not to many mental mistakes. When you do that, you set yourself up to be successful.”

Run protection, an oft-discussed concern for the Rams this season, become a power. Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s main rusher within the common season, totaled 47 yards on 20 carries.

“It was a great plan by Wade and our defensive staff and I thought the players executed,” McVay stated. “Zeke is such a great football player. They’ve got great linemen and they’ve got a great scheme and obviously Dak can beat you with his legs as well. There were something things that we did, maybe compared to what we’d done the last month, and that was helpful but ultimately it’s the players’ ability execute it.”

The Rams’ protection appeared set upon making a press release early, as Elliott was stuffed for Three yards on his first Three carries. Elliott by no means had a run longer than 15 yards and the Rams held the Cowboys to a complete of 50 dashing yards.

So, that narrative went out the window. Opponents ran for a mean of 5.1 yards per carry towards the Rams within the common season, however the Cowboys averaged 2.Three yards per carry. After the game, security John Johnson went on social media and posted, with a laughing emoji, “Can’t stop the run. See ya’ll next week.”

“Just do your job,” Johnson stated when requested about Saturday’s run protection. “Stay disciplined. When teams jump in and out of their gaps, that’s when you get gashed. If you hold your gap and do your own job and let you brother do his own job, we will be alright in the run game.”

Dallas’ offense turned more and more depending on quarterback Dak Prescott, and that wasn’t essentially a nasty factor, as Prescott handed for 266 yards. In the long run, although, Dallas simply couldn’t hold the Rams’ offense off the sector.

From their first possession, the Rams had good run-pass stability and moved the ball, a minimum of till they acquired into the Dallas purple zone. Their first two drives stalled contained in the Cowboys’ 10-yard line they usually had to accept two brief area objectives, which allowed Dallas to keep a 7-6 lead after the primary quarter.

The second quarter tilted closely within the Rams’ favor, as they outgained the Cowboys 179-63 and scored 17 consecutive factors to take a 20-7 halftime lead.

FINAL: The @RamsNFL defeat the Cowboys within the Divisional Spherical! #RamsHouse #NFLPlayoffs

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