In front of nearly 90,000 fans ushering NFL football's return to Los Angeles, the Rams came from behind to beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24. There's a reason the Rams had to rally, and that's because rookie quarterback Dak Prescott played near-perfect football.
Tony Romo took the night off which allowed Prescott to work with the first team offensive line and wide receivers. No. 4 went 10-12 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. His two incompletions were easy drops by second year tight end Geoff Swaim.
When quarterback Kellen Moore broke his leg early in training camp, most assumed the Cowboys would add a NFL veteran QB to backup Romo. That hasn't happened, and Prescott has taken full advantage with the amount of snaps he's picked up during camp, which ultimately led to a start in his first NFL game.
Prescott's teammates were gushing about the young quarterback after the preseason opener, and the rookie felt the love.
"A lot of confidence in me, they had a lot of confidence in me. They said that on the first play, all the way until the 'Two's' got in there. They had confidence in me. I had a lot of confidence in them. We played as one tonight for the most part," said Prescott.
"He was running the show. He was leading it. It was his huddle. He didn't play like a rookie. His mindset was not like a rookie," said Dez Bryant who caught Prescott's first touchdown. "It was like he had been there before. Dak is a damn good football player, he's special."
Prescott played the entire first half before giving way to Jameill Showers for the second half. The rookie made a strong impression on his head coach as well.
"He made a lot of little plays, he made some big plays. I thought he did a really good job his first time out, there's no question about that," said Jason Garrett. "I think he made a real favorable impression on a lot of people."
The Cowboys are entering the final week of training camp in Oxnard, California. The team will leave on Thursday, then play the Miami Dolphins at home for the second preseason game.
Tony Romo is likely to start, but Prescott will get plenty of playing time in front of the home crowd.