The Dallas Cowboys get a chance to keep their playoff hopes alive in prime time Sunday night in Oakland.
With losses by the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys can make a jump in the NFC standings with a win over the Raiders. Or, The 6-7 Raiders can spoil the 7-6 Cowboys' season.
The Cowboys escaped with a win in a wild finish in Oakland. Dallas' eventual game-winning field goal was only possible after a converted fourth-and-1 that came down to a folded sheet of paper judging whether the nose of the football had crossed the first-down line.
The Raiders benefited from a 55-yard pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-11 on their final possession. But on the Raiders' final play from scrimmage, quarterback Derek Carr scrambled toward the corner of the endzone, extending the ball toward the pylon and fumbling through the endzone for a touchback to end their hopes of a comeback.
It was Cowboys safety Jeff Heath who forced the ball from Carr's grasp.
There's a good finish brewing in Oakland. A 44-yard kick return by Cordarrelle Patterson set up a 53-yard drive punctuated by Michael Crabtree's second touchdown grab of the night.December 18, 2017
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An 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive from the Cowboys featured more flash than fans are accustomed to seeing from them. Chris Jones took off for a first down run on a fake punt to keep the drive going -- and not to be outdone, the Cowboys offense followed it with a flea-flicker attempt (that was unsuccessful).
A 20-yard pass to Dez Bryant -- his first catch of the evening -- and a 17-yard Dak Prescott scramble set up a short touchdown run by Prescott in the final minute of the third.
Oakland followed its second interception of the game with a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal to tie the game.
It took less than three quarters for the Oakland Raiders to match their team interception total through 13 games. With just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, Sean Smith picked off his second pass of the evening to put the Raiders in position to take a lead.
After a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown was negated by a holding penalty, the Raiders marched 90 yards on 11 plays to open the second half and make it a three-point game.
Two big third-down conversions kept the drive alive for Oakland.
The Raiders closed out the second quarter with a fruitless 12-play drive. Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 39-yard field goal attempt as time expired to keep Oakland scoreless.
An offensive pass interference call on tight end Jared Cook erased what would've been a touchdown catch two plays earlier.
It was a defensive pass interference penalty in the endzone that set up a one-yard Rod Smith touchdown run less than a minute into the second quarter. The Cowboys marched 65 yards on eight plays for the score, jumping out to a 153-7 lead in the yardage category through a quarter-plus.
Following a punt on Oakland's first drive, the Cowboys drove 41 yards on nine plays to get a Dan Bailey field goal and an early lead.
A promising opening drive ended with a zero on the scoreboard after Dak Prescott was intercepted on a third-and-10 play in Oakland territory. It was just the third interception on the season for the Raiders, who are dead last in the NFL in that category.
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