LOS ANGELES (AP) — C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for one hundred fifteen extra yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional spherical on Saturday night time.
Gurley and Anderson punished the Cowboys’ normally sturdy run protection and despatched the second-seeded Rams (14-3) to the NFC championship recreation for the first time in 17 years. Los Angeles racked up a franchise playoff-report 273 yards on the ground — also probably the most ever allowed within the postseason by the Cowboys, who have been enjoying of their NFL-document 63rd postseason recreation.
The lengthy-struggling Rams had gained only one postseason recreation since their last trip to the Super Bowl in February 2002, however 32-yr-previous coach Sean McVay has added his first playoff victory to his spectacular two-season franchise turnaround.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a TD and Amari Cooper caught an early TD move for the Cowboys (eleven-7), who still haven’t gained a playoff recreation on the street in 26 years. After profitable the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas lost within the divisional playoff round for the sixth consecutive time and fell in need of its first journey to the NFC championship recreation since January 1993.
Subsequent weekend, the Rams will face the winner of the opposite divisional playoff recreation in New Orleans between the highest-seeded Saints and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The Rams are one win away from another Super Bowl trip after McVay’s excessive-flying, creative offense largely stored it on the bottom, methodically punishing the Cowboys’ usually sturdy run defense with their unlikely operating again tandem.
“It’s scary,” Anderson stated. “We’ve obtained two totally different types, and we will hold teams off stability.”
The Cowboys, who largely shut down Seattle’s league-greatest dashing assault last week, hadn’t allowed two one hundred-yard rushers in a playoff recreation because the NFL-AFL merger.
Dak Prescott passed for 266 yards and rushed for a TD with 2:eleven to play, but the Cowboys couldn’t climb out after falling into a 23-7 gap midway via the third quarter. Elliott managed just forty seven yards on 20 carries as Dallas misplaced for simply the second time in its last 10 games.
Jared Goff passed for 186 yards and spent a lot of the night time handing off, but the gangly quarterback improbably scrambled eleven yards for a first down with 1:51 to play, primarily wrapping up his first playoff victory.
“Unimaginable what they did at this time,” Goff stated of his offensive line. “We know this defense and we prepared for it properly all week.”
It was also the first postseason victory for the anchor of that line, 37-yr-previous left deal with Andrew Whitworth, and veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Gurley and Anderson turned the fourth set of teammates in NFL history to hurry for one hundred yards apiece in a postseason recreation, an unbelievable improvement just some weeks in the past. Gurley is the Rams’ offensive centerpiece and one of many NFL’s elite…