Saturday, October 16, 2021

Zuerlein makes 56-yard in final game, Cowboys beat Chargers

INGLEWOOD, Calif.—During his rehabilitation from a broken ankle last season, Dak Prescott wondered how it would feel to be on the field again and take the Dallas Cowboys on a game-winning drive.

Prescott guided the Cowboys on an 11-play, 49-yard march against the Los Angeles Chargers, which culminated in Greg Zuerlen’s 56-yard field goal at the end of time for a 20-17 win on Sunday.

“I mean you do it for the ball in your hands for a chance to win,” Prescott said, completing 23 of 27 passes for 237 yards and one interception. “I was talking offense in the mess now that we got the game in the position we wanted. We were able to capitalize on it, come to field goal range and let the special teams go out there and do their job.”

Dallas (1-1) overcame the loss of five players starting their opener and ruined the Chargers’ first game in front of home fans at Sophie Stadium.

“You see the best Dak Prescott in those situations, and he knows those situations, put a lot of time into it. I really love his demeanor, his chivalry in the two-minute practice, so getting these on Sunday Good,” said Dallas coach Mike McCarthy.

Prescott saw Dallas complete a 12-yard run in Chargers territory with Amari Cooper at LA 45 with 36 seconds remaining. After three plays, Zurlein boots it for his 11th game-winning kick and third with the Cowboys.

Zürlen made all three of his attempts on Sunday after losing two fields and an extra point last week.

“You see why we trust him. This guy, the field goal scorer that keeps teams in the Super Bowl, and he’s definitely a Super Bowl-caliber champion-type kicker,” McCarthy said. “He had two big ones today, and he hit a penny in the end.”

The Cowboys had a bit more balance on the offensive after retreating to 59 passes in 77 plays last week. Tony Pollard had 109 yards for 13 carries for the third 100-yard game of his career, and Ezekiel Elliott had 16 carries for 73 yards.

The Chargers (1-1) got their 10th 300-yard game from Justin Herbert, but ended with a massive amount of turnovers and penalties. Los Angeles was flagged 12 times for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns were relegated.

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“There were 20 (total) penalties in the game. It felt like a Precision Game to be quite honest with you. The way the game was conducted today, and we have to play within the parameters of how the game is being called,” said Chargers first-year coach Brandon Staley after the team fell 8-17 in one Said- Score game since the start of the 2019 season. “I felt like last week we won the game as a team, and today I felt like we lost the game as a team.”

Herbert’s 37-yard TD pass to a wide open Donald Parham was canceled when Jared Cook was called for a holding. After three plays, Herbert was stopped in the end zone by Damonte Cazi at Dallas 9 and -6 after Keenan Allen appeared to slip on his path.

In the fourth quarter, a motion penalty snatched the score for 2 yards for Cook. The Chargers also had to settle for 17 for Vizcano’s third field goal.

“Basically we just had a few calls and some penalties that were brought back, and some turnovers, and I can’t turn the ball into the red zone like that and expect to win,” said Herbert, who was 338. was 31 out of 41 for Yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. “It’s a very good offense we’re going against, so we’ll have to score more points.”

Touchdowns by Pollard and Elliott started the second quarter as Dallas took a 14-3 lead.

The Chargers locked in a field goal on Mike Williams’ 12-yard TD on a wide receiver screen when he was given a 27-yard welcome to bring him into the red zone. Los Angeles then made a 2-point conversion on Austin Eckler’s run up middle.

Vizcano tied for 14 with a field goal of 32 yards in the middle of the third quarter.

Next Sunday, the Chargers travel to defending AFC champion Kansas City the following Sunday.

by Joe Ready

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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