DALLAS Teams

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebackers Joe Thomas (knee) and Luke Gifford (fractured forearm), creating a depth issue at linebacker with two games to go. Jason Garrett was optimistic Thomas might be able to return, but with Sean Lee battling pectoral and tight injuries and Leighton Vander Esch missing the last four games with a neck injury, the Cowboys are thin at linebacker. Justin March saw his first extended snaps on defense and Chris Covington, called up from the practice squad Saturday, also saw playing time.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

So about that opening coin toss? Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron stepped in to clear up the confusion after Dak Prescott said the Cowboys wanted to kick and added defer later, allowing the Cowboys the chance to get the ball to open the second half. “Definitely a weird start. We wanted to set adversity there instead of on the field so we could play from behind immediately,” Prescott said. “Just bad use of words by me … Just wasn't the cleanest coin flip I've been a part of.”

Jerry jokes about coin-flip fiasco, proud of Cowboys' win (0:42)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Where was this version of the Cowboys for most of the season? Jerry Jones didn't want to go there after Sunday's 44-21 win against the Rams. “I just know that I'm buoyed by the fact that they're going to get this shot of inspiration, shot of confidence in what their hard work can do when it pays off,” Jones said. “I think everybody has soul-searched, as you should be. You saw a lot of pride out there tonight. Hopefully we'll see that as we go forward into our really second season here.”

Dak, Zeke fuel Cowboys to dominant win over Rams (1:30)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After allowing a franchise-high 273 yards rushing to the Rams last January in the playoff loss, the Cowboys complete shut down the Rams on the ground Sunday. They allowed just 22 yards on 14 carries Sunday. Just a dramatic turnaround.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With their 44-21 win against the Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot next week. If they beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, they will make the Week 17 meeting against Washington meaningless and qualify for the postseason for the third time in Dak Prescott's four seasons as the starting quarterback and the fourth time in the last six seasons.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second time this season, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have more than 100 yards in the same game. Elliott has 117 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard has 131 yards after his 44-yard touchdown run. They accomplished the feat in the Week 3 win against Miami. It's the first time in team history the Cowboys have had two games with running backs going for more than 100 yards in the same season.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With such a big lead the Cowboys have been able to rest regulars on defense, like Sean Lee, Jeff Heath, Antwaun Woods and DeMarcus Lawrence, who have battled assorted injuries throughout the season. Perhaps a good sign going forward for the final two games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After seeing Buffalo and Chicago score 25 and 24 unanswered points against them in back-to-back losses, the Cowboys scored 30 unanswered points against the Rams before Todd Gurley's touchdown with 3:17 to play.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Kai Forbath has made field goals form 50, 42 and 42 yards and made all of his extra points. He hit his first kickoff out of bounds, but he gets a pass for bringing some consistency to the kicking game after Brett Maher missed 10 field goal tries in the first 13 games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time since Nov. 4 at the New York Giants, Ezekiel Elliott has a 100-yard game (20 carries, 103 yards). Elliott has six 100-yard rushing games on the season and now 25 for his career. This is as good as he has looked this season. The run blocking has been good but Elliott has done a good job of making things happen on his own.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

What does a 28-7 halftime lead mean for the Cowboys? They are 6-0 this season when leading after two quarters. They are getting production everywhere, but let's look at the defense. In the playoff loss to the Rams last January, the Cowboys allowed 273 yards on the ground. Today, the Cowboys have allowed 3 yards on eight carries in the first half. Todd Gurley has 1 yard on six carries. He had 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Los Angeles' playoff win.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Where has this Cowboys' team been? They have a 28-7 with 16 seconds left in the half. This is as dominate as they have looked since beating Philadelphia, 37-10, on Oct. 20. Ezekiel Elliott has two touchdowns. Jason Witten and Tavon Austin have touchdown catches. The defense has stomped the Rams so far.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Who needs practice? Sean Lee was questionable coming into the game because of pectoral and thigh injuries but he just recorded his first interception since Dec. 10, 2017 and returned the pick 25 yards to set up the Cowboys at the Rams 9.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott has 76 yards on 16 carries and his 1-yard touchdown has given the Cowboys a 21-7 lead with 1:57 to play in the half. Elliott has more yards on the ground in the first half than he has had in six other games this season. The Cowboys have 120 yards rushing as a team. Elliott has 10 touchdowns on the season, giving him two double-digit touchdown seasons in his career.