The Los Angeles Rams defended their new SoFi Stadium on Sunday Night Football, and they were able to hang on to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17 to start the 2020 NFL season.
Los Angeles played better overall in the season opener than the Cowboys as they controlled the pace of the game with long drives on offense. The Rams also came up with key stops when they were needed the most, especially in the fourth quarter when Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was interfered with by Cowboys receiver Michael Gallop.
Officials ruled what could have been a game-changing reception for the Cowboys by Gallop as offensive pass interference with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, taking away very good field position, but also a first down, and a chance to tie the score or win the game.
That call aside, the Rams’ defense was the biggest difference in this game. They earned the win by keeping the high-powered Cowboys offense under 20 points, showing the world that Los Angeles is back in the mix in the NFC.
Both teams had their bright spots and not so best moments in Week 1, and here are 4 major takeaways from the Rams win over the Cowboys.