Instead, the Cowboys would end up turning the ball over on downs and losing 20-17 to Los Angeles.
The Rams will still take plenty of sweet memories from this inaugural game.
National Football League official Tony Corrente defended the offensive pass interference penalty called on Gallup in the closing stages of Sunday night's Cowboys-Rams game, leaving no gray area in Gallup's offense.
Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein then connected on a 33-yard field goal with 1:54 remaining in the quarter to cut the Rams lead to three points, but Dallas couldn't rally in the scoreless fourth quarter. Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and an interception.
"We needed to find a way to win it, and we didn't get it done", McCarthy said.
"Just kind of kept my head down and worked - and I knew eventually I may get a shot, I may not", he said. We are playing a team that has experience. "You don't see that at a critical part of the game". "Opportunity to maybe get a little more depth out of that, but he's made a lot of those plays throughout camp".
Dallas managed only 15 net yards on its final 10 plays of the game.
The Cowboys appeared to have put themselves in position for a game-tying field goal with 21 seconds remaining, but wide receiver Michael Gallup was called for offensive pass interference after he made a long catch on the play.
"It was a huge chance", Prescott said.
As we look back at the performance of the offense like we do every week, it is clear that we should always start with the biggest issue. We were still able to move and get some progress, but we didn't get it done.
The game also was one of the many National Football League clashes played Sunday without fans in attendance as a coronavirus pandemic safety precaution.
"You realize how much you appreciate the crowd", McVay said. "Excited for the rest of the season, what we have in front of us, and I think we're going to do a great job". 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. Definitely excited that Cam got out there and did his thing.
"It's exciting to do that", Brown said. "I felt like it was a pretty good start". We don't talk about players that aren't on our team specifically, but I can assure you that with the injuries that we have - certainly looking at the game tape and where we are. "My mindset was trying to create more momentum".
Van Jefferson's first career reception was a attractive 31-yard grab in the second quarter, but it was the promising Rams rookie's only catch. The Cowboys responded with a punt before the Rams missed a field goal on their next drive.
The Cowboys lost starting linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a collarbone injury in the first quarter.
Rams tight end Gerald Everett injured his back in the second half.