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Cowboys Survive the L.A. Chargers 20 to 17 with Game Ending 56 Yard Field Goal.

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Greg Zuerlein kicks the winning field goal as time expires, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 20-17 victory over the Chargers at SoFi Stadium(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The Dallas Cowboys coming into week 2 went out to L.A. to face the Chargers. Coming into the game the Cowboys 0 and 1, went into their second game of the season on the road and short handed missing five starters. But Dak Prescott and the Cowboy offense wasted no time getting things going. With a nice opening run by Ezekiel Elliott for ten yards to set the tone. They continued to drive down the field and scored an opening drive touchdown on a handoff to Tony Pollard coming across in motion for a 2 yard touchdown. The touchdown was the first opening drive touchdown for the Cowboys in 21 games.

The L.A. Charges took their opening possession and immediately started to go down the field getting big chunks on their first to plays one a run for 20 yards followed by a 22 yard pass reception on a pretty roll out to the right and pass by Justin Herbert.

Not to be deterred the Cowboys second year corner Trevon Diggs made a spectacular diving interception to thwart the Chargers drive. On the ensuing possession Dak Prescott returned the favor and threw an errant pass and the Charges intercepted. The Chargers were unable to get into the end zone off of the turnover and had to settle for a field goal.

On the Cowboys third drive of the first quarter the Cowboys methodically drove down the field quickly and finished off another scoring drive with a Ezekiel Elliott run up the middle to open up a 14 to 3 lead. The Chargers on the next possession on a well executed drive came right back down the and finished off the drive off with a sensational effort by Mike Williams Diving into the end zone. The Chargers proceeded to go for the 2 point conversion and succeeded making the score 14 to 11.

After the Cowboys were unable to convert on fourth down just outside of field goal range. The Chargers were unable to take advantage of pretty good field position and had to put after a Vander Esch sack on third down. On fourth down the Cowboys were flagged for a roughing the kicker. Giving the Chargers another chance but an un-sportsman like conduct squashed any chance to score. The Cowboys

on a last ditch effort to score on a trickery play almost scores as CeeDee Lamb catches a short pass from Prescott and breaks a tackle and then pitches the ball to Ezekiel Elliott who finally gets pushed out of bounds at the 2 yard line to end the first half.

The second half began just as the first half ended. The Chargers drove down the field with big plays but had to settle for a 32 yard field goal to tie the game 14/14. The Cowboys stuttered on their first drive with Prescott getting sacked and knocked out of field goal range.

Despite a flag taking away a touchdown the Chargers still drive down the field aided by a spectacular catch and personal foul for a hit to the helmet on Trevon Diggs. The Chargers were inside the 20 when Cowboy Damontae Kazee intercepted Chargers Justin Herbert in the end zone to stop the Chargers from taken the lead.

The Cowboys immediately capitalize off the Chargers miscue off of 2 big runs by Tony Pollard putting him over 100 yards in the third quarter. The Chargers sack Dak on third down to halt the Cowboys drive. But not before the Cowboys score on a 34 yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to take a 17/14 lead early in the 4th quarter.

A controversial call on second a goal. The Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons was awarded a sack that knocked Chargers out of the red zone. The Chargers ended the series with a barely made field goal to tie the game 17/17 with 3:54 to go in the game.

The Cowboys took the ball over on their own 14 yard line and methodically drove down the field. Converting on 2 third down plays. One a big catch by Amari Cooper. Then seemingly mismanaging the clock and time outs. The Cowboys bring in their field goal kicker Greg Zuerlein, the man who admittingly took part of the blame for the teams lost last week to Tampa Bay. Came in and calmly made a 56 yard field goal to when the game for the Dallas Cowboys 20 to 17.

In a game plagued by penalties and defenses that seemed unable to stop the others offense. The Cowboys gritted it out to win in a nail-biter over the L.A. Chargers 20 to 17. The Cowboys running game showed up big. Tony Pollard rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott pitched in with 71 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Dak Prescott managed a great game throwing for 237 yards completing 23 of 27 passes, with one lone interception. But of all his passes none were bigger than the pass to Amari Cooper to get the Cowboys close to field goal range. Setting up the game winning 56 yard field goal by Zuerlein.

The Cowboys are now 1 and 1 and will be hosting the Philadelphia Eagles next on September 27th on Monday Night Football at 7:15 pm at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx.

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