ARLINGTON, Texas – On a day when officials called up 28 flags for 276 penalty yards, it seemed appropriate.
Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown mingled with Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones in overtime and caused defensive pass interference for the fourth time in the game. The Raiders then moved from the 43-yard line to the 24-yard line, close enough to score a winning basket that carried Las Vegas to a 36-33 victory over Dallas.
The Raiders improved to 6-5 while the Cowboys fell to 7-4. It was Dallas’ third loss in four weeks, all against opponents from AFC West.
The end of the game was intriguing, with the Cowboys erasing a 53 minute 49 second deficit with 2:56 to go.
For much of the day, Dallas seemed fascinated with post-turkey sleep. Quarterback Dak Prescott missed shots, his receivers dropped targets and left tackle Tyron Smith unusually missed a block that gave up a sack. In defense, soft tackles and poor corner pursuits gave the Raiders an early lead on a 56-yard touchdown from DeSean Jackson, 34.
Towards the end of the game, the Cowboys settled in: Prescott restored pace and command, finding Michael Gallup tapping his foot on the left sideline for a 32-yard run. Two games later, Prescott landed a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Dalton Schultz in midfield. Why not go for Schultz again on the 2 point conversion around the right end, the Cowboys figured out?
A pair of baskets followed before extra time.
But Prescott missed wide receiver Noah Brown on a third attempt, so a back-to-back loss-and-sack tackle by Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons wasn’t enough to stymie the Raiders. On Brown’s penalty, Las Vegas went down the field.
Now they are marching home winners.
Prescott completed 32 of 47 attempts for 375 yards and two touchdowns. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 24 of 39 for 373 yards and a touchdown. Neither team returned the ball and the Cowboys scored the 100-yard kickback return from running back Tony Pollard.
The Cowboys have a week to regroup before heading to New Orleans for Thursday Night Football, with their lead over NFC East diminishing. They could pick up their top two receivers, Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion), for this contest.