In actuality, it was the ground game that was principally accountable for the Rams’ first playoff win in 14 years, as C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys throughout the NFC playoffs Saturday night time time.
It was a return to glory of varieties for Anderson, who was decrease by three teams this season sooner than latching on with the Rams.
Featured once more Todd Gurley assisted Anderson in charging by the Cowboys’ typically staunch run safety, as Gurley went for 115 yards and a ranking — as a result of the Rams compiled a workforce playoff-record 273 dashing yards to advance to their first NFC championship game since 2002.
They meet the winner of Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys had been collaborating in catch-up all afternoon, and one week after their safety held Seattle’s league-best ground assault in check. But in the direction of the Rams, they surrendered two 100-yard rushers within the equivalent game for the first time given that NFL-AFL merger in
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a TD and Amari Cooper caught an early TD transfer for the Cowboys (11-7), who nonetheless haven’t acquired a playoff game on the road in 26 years. After worthwhile the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas misplaced throughout the divisional playoff spherical for the sixth consecutive time and fell wanting its first journey to the NFC championship game since January 1993.
The Cowboys, who largely shut down Seattle’s league-best dashing assault last week, hadn’t allowed two 100-yard rushers in a playoff game given that NFL-AFL merger better than 50 years previously.
The consequence was a 23-7 hole from which quarterback Dak Prescott, working once more Ezekiel Elliot and the Cowboys failed to climb. Elliott was held to 47 yards on 20 carries, and whereas Prescott rushed for 266, his touchdown with 2:11 left was the case of too little, too late.
Rams QB Jared Goff spend practically all the night time handing off to Anderson and Gurley, nevertheless nonetheless managed to transfer for 186 yards. Along with that, Goff’s 11-yard scramble with 1:51 to play principally sealed the victory and saved the Cowboys from getting one closing shot to full their comeback strive.