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Trumaine Johnson

Rams defense comes through after shaky first half vs. Cowboys

Rams defense comes through after shaky first half vs. Cowboys

Wade Phillips stood on the sideline at AT&T Stadium, his play card in his left hand, his right hand on his hip.

The Rams defensive coordinator watched as quarterback Dak Prescott lined up the Dallas Cowboys inside Rams’ territory, facing fourth and 10 with 36 seconds left.

Prescott completed a short pass to Ezekiel Elliott, who turned to run as linebacker Connor Barwin dragged him down.

Rams players signaled Elliott short of a first down. Phillips looked around, waiting for confirmation.

Officials measured, and the chains proved Barwin made the tackle with less than a yard to spare.

Phillips’ defense finished the job in the 35-30 comeback victory, which...

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