LOS ANGELES—The first NFL game played in Los Angeles in 22 years was something out of a movie script. The Los Angeles Rams staged a dramatic second half comeback to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-24, on Saturday night at the Coliseum to complete the Hollywood ending.
The Rams homecoming got off to a rocky start when Lucky Whitehead returned a 101-yard kickoff for the Cowboys on the first play of the game. Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo dressed, but did not play. Backup Quarterback and potential future successor Dak Prescott had a terrific outing. He went 10 for 12, 139 yards and threw 2 touchdowns. Including a spectacular, over the shoulder 10-yard touchdown reception by Dez Bryant. Big D was rolling in the first half, and the Rams found themselves in a 24-7 hole at halftime.
Fan loyalties were split right down the middle; an equal number of Cowboys and Rams fans braved the scorching heat to welcome the NFL back to Los Angeles.
No. 1 Draft pick Jared Goff struggled in two possessions, completing 4 for 9, 38 yards and 1 INT. He suffered a bruised shoulder on his non throwing arm after taking a massive hit. The Rams stormed out of the locker room and amazingly scored 21 unanswered points in the second half
Saturday nights MVP was third string QB Sean Mannion, completing 18 for 25, 147 yards and 3 TD’s. Including the game winner. The Rams drove 74 yards in 11 plays on their final possession, scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Green, taking their first lead with only 1:54 left in the game.
The 90,000 people in the stands went berzerk when the Rams finally took the lead for good. Their return to L.A. for at least one Saturday night was a resounding success.
Next Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. The game begins at 6:00 p.m. on CBS 2.