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Rams prove they're the real deal by beating Cowboys

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Rams are no illusion.

They proved it Sunday by going into AT&T Stadium and defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-30, before a crowd of 91,869.

Greg Zuerlein kicked a team-record seven field goals, running back Todd Gurley eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game and the defense came together in the second half as the Rams improved to 3-1 and stayed atop the NFC West.

The Rams, of course, were 3-1 in 2016 before nosediving to 4-12 under former coach Jeff Fisher.

But this feels different.

The Rams went on the road and defeated a Cowboys team that was coming off a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on "Monday Night Football."

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The victory was not in hand until a Cowboys pass on fourth down came up short of a first down in the final 30 seconds.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 21 of 36 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams overcame a 24-16 halftime deficit.

Gurley rushed for 121 yards in 23 carries and caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.

And then there was Zuerlein, who converted from 49, 44, 44, 30, 28, 43 and 33 yards.

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