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Cowboys edge Raiders 20-17 by slimmest of margins

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive by the slimmest of margins.

Dak Prescott converted a fourth-down sneak by the width of an index card to set up Dan Bailey's go-ahead 19-yard field goal, and Derek Carr fumbled the ball inches from the goal line with 31 seconds left to give the Cowboys a 20-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.

''We know where we're at, our season is on the line as far as going to the playoffs,'' tight end Jason Witten said. ''It's good to just see us find a way to get the result that we did. ... Good to get lucky and see the football gods help you out a bit. I've certainly been on the other end of it over the course of my years.''

The first key play came when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 39 with about five minutes left in a tie game. Prescott ran into a pile that took officials time to untangle.

Referee Gene Steratore then called for the chains to come out, but even that wasn't clear. He then tried to slide what appeared to be an index card between the tip of the ball and the end of the chain. When the card didn't slide through, Steratore signaled a first down for Dallas (8-6). He said he had decided it was a first down before the odd measurement.

''The final decision was made visually. The card was used nothing more than a reaffirmation of what was visually done,'' he told a pool reporter. ''My decision was visually done based on the look from the pole.''

That explanation didn't satisfy Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.

''I had a different viewpoint. I saw air,'' Del Rio said. ''It was pretty obvious. Again, they do the best they can with a tough job.''

Prescott then hit Dez Bryant with a 40-yard pass that set up Bailey's short kick with 1:44 to play that gave the Cowboys the lead.

But the game was far from over. The Raiders (6-8) got a gift when Jourdan Lewis committed a 55-yard pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-10 from their own 30. Carr then scrambled on third-and-3 from the 8 and reached out for the end zone. But the ball came loose before crossing the goal line and went out of the end zone for a touchback that all but ended Oakland's playoff hopes. The Raiders are tied for ninth in the AFC.

''I tried to hold onto it,'' Carr said. ''It wasn't like I didn't try. But there's obviously a lot of different things . throw it away, kick a field goal, run out of bounds. OK, cool. But in that moment I was just trying to win for my teammates.''

Dallas is in a three-way tie for seventh place in the NFC, a half-game behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot. The Falcons beat the Cowboys head-to-head.

The Cowboys got their third straight win without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who returns from a six-game suspension next week. But Dallas' three straight losses at the start of the suspension created a hole the team is still trying to escape.

''We continue to scratch, we continue to claw,'' coach Jason Garrett said. ''It wasn't our most perfect performance in any phase of our football team, but the fight was there.''

FAKE IT OUT

The Cowboys took a risk in the third quarter on a fourth-and-11 from their own 24. Punter Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards for a first down. Dallas then drove down the field and took a 17-10 lead when Prescott ran in from 5 yards out and then was given a shower of drinks thrown by fans in the Black Hole.

MILESTONE THROW

Carr set up Oakland's first TD with a 32-yard scramble that was his longest run since his rookie year. That led to a 2-yard TD to Michael Crabtree that gave Carr 100 career touchdown passes. He joined Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck as the only players with at least 100 TD passes in their first four years in the NFL. Carr added a second TD pass to Crabtree in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 17.

TAKE IT AWAY

Sean Smith intercepted two passes for the Raiders, doubling the team's total from the first 13 games. Smith got his first on the opening drive of the game and then added another just moments after Oakland got on the board for the first time. Bruce Irvin hit Prescott on the throw and Smith came up with the floater . He was initially given a TD return on the play but was ruled down by contact on replay and Oakland settled for a game-tying field goal from Giorgio Tavecchio.

INJURIES

The Raiders lost LT Donald Penn (foot) and DT Treyvon Hester (ankle) to injuries in the first half. ... Dallas LT Tyron Smith left in the second half with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Host Seattle on Sunday.

Raiders: Visit Philadelphia on Dec. 25.

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Key Players
D. Prescott 4 QB
212 PaYds, 2 INTs, 32 RuYds, RuTD
13
FPTS
D. Carr 4 QB
171 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 47 RuYds
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:44
D.Bailey 19 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
11
plays
69
yds
4:46
pos
20
17
Point After TD 10:35
G.Tavecchio extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Condo, Holder-M.King.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 10:35
D.Carr pass short right to M.Crabtree for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
53
yds
5:10
pos
17
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:45
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 0:45
D.Prescott scrambles up the middle for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
5:29
pos
16
10
Field Goal 6:14
G.Tavecchio 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Condo, Holder-M.King.
4
plays
1
yds
1:00
pos
10
10
Point After TD 8:03
G.Tavecchio extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Condo, Holder-M.King.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 8:03
D.Carr pass short right to M.Crabtree for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
90
yds
6:57
pos
10
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 14:04
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 14:04
J.Looney reported in as eligible. R.Smith up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
65
yds
4:45
pos
9
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:56
D.Bailey 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
9
plays
41
yds
4:08
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:20 27:40
1st Downs 21 19
Rushing 9 7
Passing 9 10
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 2-10 8-15
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 330 293
Total Plays 60 61
Avg Gain 5.5 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 126 122
Rush Attempts 31 23
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 5.3
Net Yards Passing 204 171
Comp. - Att. 18-27 21-38
Yards Per Pass 7.6 4.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-8 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-100 14-105
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 4-1
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 2-43.0 4-45.5
Return Yards 37 111
Punts - Returns 2-15 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-22 4-103
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-8
Kicking 4/4 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cowboys 8-6 377320
Raiders 6-8 0010717
204 PASS YDS 171
126 RUSH YDS 122
330 TOTAL YDS 293
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 212 0 2 59.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.4% 2964 21 11 89.6
D. Prescott 18/27 212 0 2 13
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Morris 46 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 546 1
A. Morris 16 61 0 16 6
D. Prescott 4 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 320 6
D. Prescott 6 32 1 17 13
C. Jones 6 P
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 24 0
C. Jones 1 24 0 24 2
R. Smith 45 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 13 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 222 4
R. Smith 7 13 1 6 9
D. Bryant 88 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
D. Bryant 1 -4 0 -4 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Bryant 88 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 771 6
D. Bryant 4 2 59 0 40 5
J. Witten 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 56 504 5
J. Witten 5 4 47 0 18 4
J. Hanna 84 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 75 1
J. Hanna 1 1 31 0 31 3
R. Smith 45 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 179 1
R. Smith 3 3 21 0 10 9
T. Williams 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 520 0
T. Williams 5 3 19 0 8 1
C. Beasley 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 302 4
C. Beasley 5 1 15 0 15 1
K. Smith 41 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 26 0
K. Smith 1 1 12 0 12 1
N. Brown 85 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 33 0
N. Brown 1 1 8 0 8 0
A. Morris 46 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 45 0
A. Morris 2 2 0 0 1 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-9 3 0.0
J. Heath 6-0 0.0 0 1
S. Lee 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-23 1 0.0
S. Lee 6-4 0.0 0 0
J. Lewis 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-6 1 0.0
J. Lewis 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 4-1 0.0 0 1
X. Woods 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-8 1 0.0
X. Woods 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-10 0 0.0
K. Frazier 2-4 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
D. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-8 0 4.0
T. Crawford 1-2 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-23 1 0.0
B. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-11 0 1.0
D. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-7 2 0.0
A. Brown 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-9 0 2.0
M. Collins 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-30 0 1.0
J. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-27 0 0.0
A. Hitchens 1-5 0.0 0 0
R. Ash 76 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
R. Ash 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-23 0 13.0
D. Lawrence 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/13 26/27
D. Bailey 2/2 45 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 43.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 43.8 29
C. Jones 2 43.0 0 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 25.8 61 0
R. Switzer 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.5 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 9.2 83 1
R. Switzer 2 7.5 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Carr 4 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.3% 171 2 0 84.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.1% 3113 20 10 88.4
D. Carr 21/38 171 2 0 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Lynch 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
163 695 7
M. Lynch 16 76 0 19 8
D. Carr 4 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 62 0
D. Carr 4 47 0 32 20
D. Washington 33 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 153 2
D. Washington 2 3 0 2 1
C. Patterson 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 121 2
C. Patterson 1 -4 0 -4 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Roberts 10 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 384 1
S. Roberts 5 3 52 0 28 5
M. Crabtree 15 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
17 7 39 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 56 601 8
M. Crabtree 17 7 39 2 14 15
J. Richard 30 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 236 1
J. Richard 2 2 21 0 11 2
J. Cook 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 638 2
J. Cook 4 2 17 0 13 1
D. Washington 33 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 195 1
D. Washington 3 2 16 0 10 1
M. Lynch 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 136 0
M. Lynch 4 3 16 0 8 8
C. Patterson 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 298 0
C. Patterson 2 1 7 0 7 0
L. Smith 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 60 0
L. Smith 1 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
N. Bowman 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-41 1 1.0
N. Bowman 6-3 0.0 0 0
K. Mack 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-16 0 10.0
K. Mack 5-1 2.0 0 0
R. Nelson 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-25 0 0.0
R. Nelson 4-1 0.0 0 0
N. Morrow 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-21 0 0.0
N. Morrow 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Ellis 78 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-19 0 0.0
J. Ellis 3-2 0.0 0 0
K. Joseph 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-21 1 1.0
K. Joseph 3-3 0.0 0 0
S. Smith 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-2 2 0.0
S. Smith 3-0 0.0 2 0
D. McDonald 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-7 0 0.0
D. McDonald 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Latham 75 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
D. Latham 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Irvin 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-17 0 7.0
B. Irvin 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Carrie 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-12 0 0.0
T. Carrie 2-3 0.0 0 0
E. Vanderdoes 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
E. Vanderdoes 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Calhoun 91 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Calhoun 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Richard 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Richard 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hester 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-10 0 0.0
T. Hester 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Lee 55 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 0.0
M. Lee 0-1 0.0 0 0
X. Woodson-Luster 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
X. Woodson-Luster 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Autry 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-12 0 4.0
D. Autry 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Tavecchio 2 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/18 31/32
G. Tavecchio 1/2 39 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. King 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 48.0 26
M. King 4 45.5 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Patterson 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 25.8 44 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 28.3 49 0
C. Patterson 4 25.8 44 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 4:20 8 40 INT
9:04 DAL 32 4:08 9 41 FG
3:49 DAL 35 4:45 8 65 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:12 DAL 10 5:04 8 16 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:03 DAL 15 0:49 3 1 INT
6:14 DAL 25 5:29 11 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:35 DAL 25 2:28 3 7 Punt
6:30 DAL 30 4:46 11 69 FG
0:31 DAL 35 0:31 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:40 OAK 30 1:36 3 5 Punt
4:56 OAK 25 1:07 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 OAK 10 5:52 9 38 Punt
3:08 OAK 31 3:08 12 48 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OAK 10 6:57 11 90 TD
7:14 DAL 22 1:00 4 1 FG
0:45 OAK 47 5:10 10 53 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:07 OAK 15 1:37 3 6 Punt
1:44 OAK 11 1:13 8 88 Fumble