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Just over 80,000 fans watched the Cowboys record their first rout in two seasons.
The Dallas Cowboys managed to play their entire 2012 season by trailing in every single game at some point. The widest margin of victory was 15 points in a 38-23 win over the Eagles. That game was hardly a blowout, given that the Cowboys scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The last blowout win before today dated back to November 2011, when the Cowboys routed the Bills 44-7. That season also featured a 34-7 win at home over the Rams.
The Cowboys should have defeated the Rams again on Sunday and did so in dominant fashion. By halftime, the Cowboys had 17 points. The Rams had 18 total yards.
As a team in the first two games, the Cowboys had a combined total of 124 rushing yards. By halftime against the Rams, DeMarco Murray had 96 rushing yards.
The day went so well that the bad plays for Dallas meant nothing. Dwayne Harris fumbled a punt early in the game, giving the Rams the ball inside Dallas territory. The Cowboys defense managed to back up the Rams, though, forcing St. Louis to try a fake punt.
Rams returner Tavon Austin returned a punt 84 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the play was called back because of a penalty (actually two) on the Rams. The Cowboys forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive.
Dan Bailey missed a field goal. But the Cowboys did not end up needing the points.
Miles Austin left the game with a hamstring injury. But the Cowboys did not end up needing him, as Harris and Gavin Escobar both scored touchdowns while Austin was on the sideline.
Yep, it was that sort of day.
Murray ran all over the Rams defense, finishing with 175 yards on 26 carries. His running set up a first-quarter drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant.
Murray also led the charge on a drive in the second quarter and then found the end zone by touching the pylon on a run around the end. That gave Dallas a 17-0 lead, and the team barely looked back.
The defense simply suffocated the Rams. Dallas allowed St. Louis to convert only 1 of 13 third-down attempts, and the Cowboys recorded 6 sacks.
DeMarcus Ware recorded 2 of those sacks and became the franchise’s career leader in sacks, surpassing Harvey Martin. More on that later.
The win gives the Cowboys (2-1) sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The Eagles (1-2), Redskins (0-3), and Giants (0-3) each lost on Sunday.
Postgame Recap: Cowboys 31, Rams 7
Murray, Romo lead Cowboys to 31-7 rout of Rams
Result: Dallas Cowboys ease past St Louis Rams
Cowboys 31 Rams 7 Final Score: Dallas Returns Home To Winning And Dominant Ways
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The third-year Murray ran for 175 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in a 31-7 over the St. Louis Rams. Murray added another three catches for 28 more yards.
Entering Sunday’s game Murray had totaled just 111 yards in the Cowboys first two games.
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DeMarco Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown, Tony Romo threw for three scores and the Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Rams 31-7 Sunday.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- DeMarco Murray found the perfect antidote for his recent malaise: the St. Louis Rams.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) DeMarco Murray found the perfect antidote for his recent malaise: the St. Louis Rams.Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown two years after torching St. Louis with a franchise record as a rookie, and Tony Romo threw for three scores in a 31-7 victory Sunday.Murray's first 100-yard game in more than a year started with a 14-yard run on Dallas' first...
FINAL SCORE: 31-7
GAME MVP: DeMarco Murray ( 175 yards, 1 TD )
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