ARLINGTON, Texas — On a day in which the officials called a full 28 flags for 276 penalty yards, it seemed fitting.
Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown tangled with Raiders receiver Zay Jones downfield in overtime and drew defensive pass interference for the fourth time in the game. After moving from the 43-yard line to the 24-yard, the Raiders won the game with a field goal that was decisive in bringing down Dallas.
While the Cowboys dropped to 7-4, their record improved to 6-5 with the Raiders. This was Dallas’ third loss in four weeks, all coming against AFC West opponents.
The game’s end was intriguing, the Cowboys erasing a 53-minute, 49-second deficit with 2:56 to play.
Dallas seemed to be in an after-turkey stupor for much of the day. Quarterback Dak Prescott missed throws, his receivers dropped targets and left tackle Tyron Smith uncharacteristically missed a block that surrendered a sack. DeSean Jackson, 34 years old, gave the Raiders a 56 yard touchdown.
A few minutes before the end, the Cowboys finally settled. Prescott restored rhythm and control, and found Michael Gallup tapping the left sideline to complete a 32-yard touchdown. Two plays later, Prescott roped a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Dalton Schultz over the middle of the field. Schultz was again the Cowboys’ choice for the 2-point conversion to the right side.
After overtime came a pair of field goals.
But Prescott missed receiver Noah Brown on a third-down attempt, and so a back-to-back tackle for loss and sack by Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons weren’t enough to thwart the Raiders. On Brown’s penalty, Las Vegas marched downfield.
They are now victorious.
Prescott was successful in 32 of 47 attempts, gaining 375 yards with two touchdowns. Derek Carr, Raiders quarterback was 24 of 39 for 373 yards. Neither team turned the ball over, and the Cowboys scored off running back Tony Pollard’s 100-yard kick return.
They have one week to recover before heading to New Orleans to play Thursday Night Football. Their lead in the NFC East is fading. For that game, they could bring back Amari Cooper (COVID-19), and CeeDee lamb (concussion).