ARLINGTON, Texas – Daniel Carlson posted a 29-yard overtime field goal and the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday night.
Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Anthony Brown received an obstruction penalty at the expense of Zay Jones on a third down and 18 yards left.
“Obviously the penalties helped,” said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
No friends at Thanksgiving!
The Raiders (6-5) ended a three-game losing streak and scored a first American Thanksgiving victory since 1968. It was their fourth game at the celebration since that triumph and they had conceded two losses against the Cowboys.
“I won’t lie, it gave me goosebumps. When the ball went through the posts, it brought back memories of when I was a kid, ”said Carr.
Carlson gave the Raiders a 33-30 lead with a career-longest 56 yard field goal with just 1:52 remaining. Greg Zuerlein, however, responded with a 45-yard precision punt with 19 seconds left.
Tony Pollard returned a 100-distance kickoff for a major in the third quarter but was stopped at the 15-line to start overtime. The Cowboys made three games and had to clear.
The Raiders completed the work to allow a team from the West Section of the American Association to secure a third victory in the last four games against the Cowboys (7-4), leaders of the East section of the National Association. .
Brown was ahead of Jones when Carr tossed the ball in his direction during the extra period. The Raiders advanced from their 43 line to the Cowboys’ 24 line. Several penalties were issued before Carlson could pull off the final kick.
« It’s that kind of a day, » said Brown, who picked up four obstruction penalties. I felt I was in a good position for each of them and tried to turn my head. On some of these sequences, I had my head turned. I will try to be better. «
Both teams have set highs this season for penalties and yards given. The Cowboys took 14 penalties for 166 yards while the Raiders took 14 penalties for 110 yards.
Travel 100 yards … for the touchdown!
“Twenty-eight penalties. I’m not sure what to tell you. Write whatever you want, ”Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters.
Carr had 373 aerial yards, including 56 from a touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Marcus Mariota scored a touchdown after a short run.
The Cowboys offense experienced some difficulty in the absence of receivers Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocol) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion).
Dak Prescott had 209 of his 375 passing yards in the fourth quarter. His 32-yard pass to Dalton Schultz and the successful two-point convert tied the score 30-30 with 2:54 to go.
“We did some explosive plays and we gave up some explosive plays,” observed Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
Sean McKeon caught a first career NFL touchdown pass. He grabbed a 10-yard pass from Prescott to give the Cowboys their first points of the game. Injured in his right knee, Ezekiel Elliott was limited to nine carries for gains of 25 yards and a touchdown.
Ahead of the game, the names of Joe Philbin, the Cowboys’ offensive line instructor, and Kendall Smith, the team’s assistant fitness instructor, were placed in NFL COVID protocols. -19 and they did not participate in the match.
The Cowboys were deprived of an instructor for the second time in three games due to health and safety protocols. Skip Peete, a running backs instructor, missed the Cowboys’ last home game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Raiders couldn’t count on linebacker coach Richard Smith due to COVID-19 protocols.
No Cooper and Lamb, no problem!