(FootballStL) – The Cowboys took their first lead of the game with a sloppy defensive showing from the Rams.
Twice in Dallas territory, the Rams had Romo down to 3rd and 13 and then 3rd and 14. Romo rushed the first time 13 yards for the first down. The second Romo connected on a pass to Terrance Williams for 20 yards.
Another defensive interference penalty, this time on Janoris Jenkins, placed the Cowboys on the Rams' 20 yard line. Romo connected once more with Williams for the touchdown as he completed an 84 yard drive to give the Cowboys a 27-24 lead.
The 11 play drive took 7:15 off the game clock.
On the Rams first play in the next drive, Bruce Carter picked off Austin Davis and returned the ball for a touchdown to extend the Cowboys lead 34-24.
Austin Davis was able to get the Rams in the end zone once more as he connected with Austin Pettis to bring the Rams closer by a score of 34-31. However, that's as close as the Rams got as Davis threw his second interception of the day in the final two minutes of play. The Rams blew a 21 point lead to lose by three.
Cook's bobble makes Rams settle for FG
Jared Cook bobbled a great pass from Austin Davis on what would have been a sure touchdown and the Rams had to settle for a field goal at the start of the fourth quarter.
Davis completed big drives to Kenny Britt (38 yards), Zac Stacy (17 yards) and Austin Pettis (13 yards) on the 9 play drive.
Zuerlein's first field goal of the day came from 28 yards away as he pushed the Rams lead to 24-20.
To start the second half, Tony Romo and the Cowboys came out blazing with a big touchdown pass to Dez Bryant.
On third down in their own territory, Romo's play action pass traveled 68 yards to Bryant for the Cowboys second touchdown of the game.
The four play drive took just 2:12 off the clock as the Cowboys went 83 yards for the score.
The Cowboys forced a turnover on downs on the next Rams' drive down on the Dallas 16 yard line. From there Romo lead his team 62 yards as they settled for a 40 yard field goal to cut into the Rams lead.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar had the big third down tackle on DeMarco Murray to force the Cowboys to settle for a field goal.
Cowboys end first half with 10 points
Tony Romo was able to get one back for the Cowboys after a defensive pass interference penalty put Dallas on the one yard line.
With the Cowboys on 3rd down and 6 on the Rams 27, Lamarcus Joyner was called for the interference in the end zone which lead to an easy one yard score from Demarcus Murray as the Cowboys cut into the Rams lead by seven.
A Rams fumble by center Scott Wells gave the Cowboys the ball with under a minute left. Eugene Sims then took a roughing the passer penalty that lead to a 29 yard field goal by Dan Bailey.
Jenkins pick-6 against Romo
Another turnover from the Dallas Cowboys gave the Rams another seven points before the end of the second half.
The Rams defense has shut down any chance for the Cowboys offense to get in a rhythm. On the Cowboy's third drive of the game, Jenkins picked off Tony Romo and ran the ball 25 yards into the end zone for his first pick-6 since his rookie season.
Greg Zuerlein's third point after attempt was good as the Rams put up a 21-0 lead on the Cowboys.
Dallas fumble leads to touchdown from Davis
On the Cowboys first drive of the game, DeMarco Murray fumbled a pass from Tony Romo on third down at the 45 yard line as the Rams recovered the ball with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Austin Davis turned that fumble into six points for the Rams on just five plays.
Davis had long passes to Zac Stacy and Jared Cook. However, Cook's 30 yard reception was pulled back on a pass interference call against Brian Quick.
Quick made up for the mistake as he and Davis connected on a 51 yard touchdown pass. Greg Zuerlein's PAT put the Rams on top of the Cowboys 14-0.
The drive took 2:09 off the game clock as the Rams traveled 65 yards for the touchdown.
Rams first drive results in touchdown
Austin Davis played the Dallas defense like a violin as he marched the offense 80 yards for a touchdown in their first drive of the game.
The drive took the Rams 8:50 to complete the 15 plays and 6 first downs. Davis completed 6 of 7 passes for 40 yards.
Austin Pettis had an 11 yard grab while Davis connected with Kendricks on the one yard line as he eventually put the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. Greg Zuerlein put the extra point in and gave the Rams an early 7-0 lead.
Zac Stacy rushed for 24 yards on 4 carries with his longest going for 12 yards. Trey Watts also carried the ball in the back field for 14 yards on three carries.