Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr threw for 373 yards and one touchdown as the Raiders held on to a narrow 36-33 victory in overtime over the Cowboys in a Thanksgiving Day showdown. Kicker Daniel Carlson hit the game-winning 29-yard field goal with 4:31 to go in the extra period.
Dallas failed to capitalize on the first overtime drive and looked like it was going to stop the Raiders on a third-and-18 before Anthony Brown was called for pass interference, putting Las Vegas within field goal range. The Raiders then attempted three field goals, including a missed field goal on the third try, that were offset by varying penalties before Carlson drilled the winning kick.
Brown had four defensive penalties as the Cowboys committed 14 on the day for a total of 166 yards.
After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it was “frustrating” for the NFL that “probably the most-watched game” was officiated like this: “This is not a criticism of the rule. It is a criticism of the discretion of how you use them in play.” He added that the Raiders adjusted to officiating philosophy better.
The Cowboys scored 11 fourth-quarter points to send the game to overtime, with quarterback Dak Prescott completing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz followed by a two-point conversion to Schultz to tie the game at 30. The teams exchanged field goals before heading into overtime.
Prescott ended the day with 375 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson each totaled 100-plus yards receiving and Ezekiel Elliot ran for one touchdown — his fourth career Thanksgiving Day TD — and 25 yards. With the score, Elliott tied Michael Irvin for the sixth-most career total touchdowns in Cowboys history with 65.
DeSean Jackson scored his first touchdown with Las Vegas, catching a 56-yard pass from Carr to put the Raiders on the board first early in the first quarter. He totaled 102 receiving yards at game end, while Hunter Renfrow led the receiving corps with 134. Josh Jacobs added 87 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Raiders tight end Darren Waller left the game on two separate occasions with two different injuries and was officially ruled out as the second half began.
Waller was first ruled questionable to return with a back injury in the first quarter. He eventually returned to play in the second quarter before the star tight end suffered a knee injury that would force the Raiders to label him as questionable to return for a second time.
Before exiting for a second time, Waller brought in two catches for 33 yards. He was targeted five times by Carr.
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