The Los Angeles Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 in their return to L.A. after 22 years. What started out as an ugly game for the Rams, who gave up a touchdown to Dallas on a kickoff return going down 7-0 early, ended in an exciting comeback victory for the home team.
First overall pick Jared Goff struggled in his NFL debut going 4-9 for only 38 yards with one interception. He played two series before being replaced by Case Keenum and was largely overshadowed by fellow rookie and Dallas QB Dak Prescott.
It was Rams QB Sean Mannion (18 for 25) who led the team on a 21-0 second-half run. Mannion was impressive completing three touchdown passes to three different receivers, including tight end Nelson Spruce who also made a name for himself in his preseason debut. Spruce was instrumental in the Rams’ fourth-quarter comeback being targeted repeatedly on drives and answering the call every time. He would catch a 7-yard TD pass from Mannion to put the Rams within three, 24-21 and help L.A. score on their winning drive.
The fans came out in record numbers and stayed late to support the return of football in Los Angeles. The Rams took note, fed off of their fans excitement, and were able to complete the preseason comeback for a happy homecoming.