It's Over

The 2005 season comes to a disappointing conclusion Sunday night with a 20-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

After learning of their playoff fate before the game, the Dallas Cowboys played like a team with nothing to play for.

Arlen Harris rushed for the go-ahead, one-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the St. Louis Rams posted a 20-10 victory over the lifeless Cowboys in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Cowboys (9-7) were eliminated from wild-card contention earlier in the day when Washington won at Philadelphia, 31-20.

In what could have been the final game for coach Bill Parcells, who reportedly has contemplated retirement, the Cowboys came out with a complete lack of emotion on both sides of the ball.

Dallas has missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons under Parcells after making the postseason in his first campaign in 2003.

Running back Marshall Faulk, the 1999 NFL MVP and future Hall of Famer, also likely played his final game with the Rams. The 32-year-old, who could be released, rushed for 25 yards on 11 attempts. He also had two catches for nine yards.

Ranked last in the league defensively, the Rams (6-10) obliterated the Cowboys' offensive line, getting constant pressure on the immobile Drew Bledsoe and shutting down the running game.

A sack by linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who jarred the ball loose from Bledsoe, helped set up the go-ahead score. Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who had two sacks, recovered the fumble at the Dallas 40 with 13:31 remaining.

Jamie Martin then found tight end Brandon Manumaleuna down the middle for a 29-yard gain to the 11. Two plays later, Harris plowed in for a one-yard TD with 11:57 left to give the Rams a 17-10 lead.

Having been eliminated from playoff contention for weeks, the Rams played with much more intensity in what more than likely was the final game for interim coach Joe Vitt.

Vitt went 4-7 after replacing Mike Martz, who was sidelined since October with a bacterial infection of a heart valve. Martz also is expected to have his contract bought out.

Bledsoe, who was sacked five times behind his porous offensive line, opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten. Bledsoe completed 18-of-39 passes for 242 yards with two interceptions.

Rookie defensive back O.J. Atogwe sealed the victory with an interception and 42-yard return to the Dallas 3 with 2:17 remaining. The pick set up Jeff Wilkins' 20-yard field goal with 65 seconds left that gave the Rams a 20-10 lead.

The Rams, who forced four second-half turnovers, registered 14 defensive plays for losses.

Wilkins kicked a 49-yard field goal 15 seconds into the second quarter and Aveion Cason scored on an eight-yard run with 1:52 left in the half to give St. Louis a 10-7 lead.

Shaun Suisham kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half to bring the Cowboys even. He also badly missed a 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Martin completed 19-of-32 passes for 158 yards without a turnover.

The Rams failed to commit a turnover for the first time in 27 games.

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