Football returned for diehard fans on Thursday night as the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Game took place in Canton, Ohio. This year's game featured the Dallas Cowboys taking on the arizona cardinals. While none of the teams' main stars were on the field to play, it featured a number of players looking to crack the final team rosters. Among them were former Baylor basketball star Rico Gathers who scored one touchdown for his team in the win.

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Dallas edges Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals jumped out to a 15-7 lead in just the first quarter tonight with former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Blaine Gabbert guiding the offense. Gabber finished with an 11-for-14 passing night and 185 years. He was sacked twice but threw no interceptions. However, he threw zero touchdowns as well. The Cardinals' two TD scores in that first quarter were their only touchdowns as they came on the ground courtesy of Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington.

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The Dallas Cowboys were able to tack on a field goal in the second quarter while holding the Cardinals scoreless. They would add a touchdown in the fourth while their opponents managed just a field goal. Another Dallas field goal in the fourth gave them the two-point advantage and ultimately the 20-18 win. Kellen Moore and Cooper Rush shared duties at quarterback with Moore going 12-for-17 and passing for 182 yards with a touchdown.

Rush went 9-for-18 and threw 87 yards for a TD. One of the receiving targets was Rico Gathers who finished with three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, as seen in the highlight clip above. Gathers was a former Baylor basketball player now looking to make the 53-man roster for the Dallas Cowboys. Ez Nwachukwu also had a receiving score as he had one catch for 14 yards.

Preseason schedules

Tonight's game was the first of the games on the NFL preseason schedule. The main starters for the two teams were on the sidelines including Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and Arizona QB Carson Palmer as well as offensive stars Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals. These players may get some time in the coming weeks as more preseason games take place.

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The Cowboys, who are now 1-0 in the preseason, play again on August 12th at the Los Angeles Rams at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, and then a week later at home against the Colts. They'll take on the Oakland Raiders at home on August 26th and then play at the Texans on August 31st to wrap up their preseason schedule.

The 0-1 Arizona Cardinals will play again on August 12th at 10 p.m. Eastern Time as they host the Oakland Raiders.

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They host the Chicago Bears the following week and then play at the Atlanta Falcons on August 26th. Arizona's preseason slate concludes on August 31st when they play at the Denver Broncos.

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