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Greg Zuerlein's 56-yard FG lifts Cowboys over Chargers

Field Level Media
20 Sep 2021, 10:05 GMT+10

Kicker Greg Zuerlein drilled a 56-yard field goal with no time remaining to push the Dallas Cowboys over the Los Angeles Chargers 20-17 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

The Cowboys (1-1) were led by the running game that totaled 198 yards. Tony Pollard paced Dallas with 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Ezekiel Elliott added 71 yards and a score on 16 carries.

Dak Prescott finished 23-of-27 passing for 237 yards, and an interception. CeeDee Lamb led the Cowboys with eight receptions for 81 yards.

For the Chargers (1-1), Justin Herbert completed 31 of 41 passes for 338 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Keenan Allen grabbed four catches for 108 yards, and Mike Williams had seven catches for 91 yards. Running back Austin Ekeler finished with 115 scrimmage yards.

The Cowboys took the opening drive and marched 78 yards on 15 plays, scoring on a 4-yard end-around by Pollard for a 7-0 lead.

Dallas then got the ball right back on an interception by Trevon Diggs, his fifth interception in 14 in NFL games.

However, Prescott threw an interception to Asante Samuel Jr. for the Florida State's products first NFL career interception. Five plays later, the Chargers turned the turnover into points on a 46-yard field goal by Tristan Vizcaino, cutting the Cowboys' lead to 7-3.

The Cowboys upped their lead to 14-3 on a seven play, 75-yard drive capped by an Elliott 5-yard score.

The Bolts answered with their own touchdown on a Herbert pass out in the flat to Williams, who ran it in for a 12-yard score. Ekeler ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-11 at the half.

On the first drive of the second half, Vizcaino's 32-yard field goal tied the score at 14.

Just before the end of the third quarter, Ekeler had to leave the game after taking a shot to the head on a 20-yard reception down the sideline. Diggs was called for unnecessary roughness on the play. Ekeler later returned to the game.

The Chargers were marching for the go-ahead score on that drive, but Herbert was intercepted by Dallas defensive back Damontae Kazee. The Cowboys capitalized on the takeaway with a Zuerlein 34-yard field goal, giving Dallas a 17-14 lead.

Los Angeles tied the game at 17 on Vizcaino's 29-yard field goal with 3:54 left to play.

--Field Level Media

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