National Football League referee explains Michael Gallup's pass interference penalty in Cowboys-Rams game

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2020

It was a debut to forget for Mike McCarthy as Cowboys head coach, as he came under fire for attempting to convert a fourth down earlier in the game rather than kick a field goal.

On paper, Prescott was good, even very good at times, but he didn't prove to be a franchise-player difference maker.

But he only led the Cowboys to a field goal in the second half after completing 15 of 18 passing for 187 yards and touchdown in guiding the team to a 14-13 halftime lead.

Elliott showed off his new, massive tattoo during the Cowboys' 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night at SoFi Stadium, revealing "FEED ME" with a spoon on his stomach after he caught a pass in the flat and ran it almost 20 yards into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Now the Cowboys (0-1) will see whether a short-term loss can turn into a long-term gain, starting Sunday in their home opener against Atlanta (0-1).

Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis won't play against the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury.

"My teammates were telling me that they didn't want me to do it by myself, alone, because we're a team", Poe said. "We had a big two-minute drive at the end of the half". But it's Game 1 and there's a lot of football left. I was really pleased with the energy we had from our sideline, but when that's the only thing you're hearing, it is eerie.

"You realize how much you appreciate the crowd", McVay said.

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The Rams' offense got off to a fast start to the season, going 75 yards in seven plays on its first possession with Brown scoring on a 1-yard plunge up the middle. Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and an interception.

"It's exciting to do that", Brown said. Unfortunately, he was called for offensive pass interference.

"Yeah, that was clear as day, in my opinion", Ramsey said after the game.

After calling a conservative play on third down, McCarthy curiously went for it on fourth and 3 from the Los Angeles 11 with about 12 minutes to play. "I don't know what y'all saw, but that's what I saw and felt out there". Rams rookie safety Jordan Fuller made a superb tackle on fellow rookie CeeDee Lamb before the marker. If Erving misses much time, it will be a huge blow to the depth of the offensive line. "My mindset was trying to create more momentum".

Rams kicker Sam Sloman hit a 35-yard field goal on the next drive for a 10-7 lead.

Van Jefferson's first career reception was a handsome 31-yard grab in the second quarter, but it was the promising Rams rookie's only catch.

Rams tight end Gerald Everett injured his back in the second half.

Rams: Visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday to begin four road games in five weeks.

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