Cowboys vs. Raiders score: Derek Carr, Las Vegas upset Dallas in overtime Thanksgiving thriller

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The Las Vegas Raiders scored their first victory in over a month, as they downed the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, 36-33 in overtime. This was the sixth overtime game all-time on Thanksgiving, and the third for the Cowboys. They are now 0-3 in Thanksgiving games that went to extra time. 

The Cowboys have recorded four double-digit comebacks on Thanksgiving, with the last coincidentally coming against the Raiders in 2013. While they came close to pulling out another one on Thursday night, the Dallas defense just couldn't come up with enough stops. Dak Prescott got the ball to start overtime, but he went three-and-out after a pretty bad misfire intended for Noah Brown on third-and-4. With the Cowboys punting and the Raiders just needing a field goal to win, it started to feel like this one was over.

Anthony Brown was called for pass interference on third-and-18 -- a penalty which got the Raiders all the way down to the Cowboys' 24-yard line. A few plays later, Daniel Carlson knocked in a 29-yard game-winning field goal. 

So, what went down in Texas on Thanksgiving? Let's take a deeper look. 

Why the Raiders won

Credit to the Raiders defense for their overtime stop, but the Las Vegas offense stood out the most on Thanksgiving. Derek Carr played great ball, as he completed 24 of 39 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown. He didn't turn the ball over, took sacks when appropriate and moved the chains even after star tight end Darren Waller hurt his knee in the second quarter and did not return. Carr put his trust in his receivers to make plays, and it worked out more often than not. Hunter Renfrow caught eight passes for 134 yards, and DeSean Jackson caught three passes for 102 yards -- including a 56-yard touchdown to start things off in the first quarter. Zay Jones had a couple of big plays as well, as he caught five passes for 59 yards on seven targets.

Now, was there a facet of the Raiders' game plan that felt like they were gunning for pass interference calls? Yes, but it worked with how this Cowboys secondary was playing.

Why the Cowboys lost

The Cowboys defense just couldn't get enough stops. You aren't going to win many games if you allow 33 points in four quarters. In all, the Cowboys recorded 14 penalties, and it felt as though the majority were dedicated to defensive pass interference. In fact, cornerback Anthony Brown recorded four penalties just by himself! If the Cowboys weren't committing PI (although some were questionable calls), they were trailing Raiders wideouts in coverage or allowing them to make a move to pick up yards after the catch. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, a flag also happened to be the turning point in this game.

Turning point

After the Cowboys had to punt in overtime, the defense had a chance to record a stop to give the ball back to Prescott and Co. Facing a third-and-18, Carr attempted to hook up with Jones deep down the right side of the field. Brown didn't get his head around, and was flagged for PI. 

The penalty cost Dallas 33 yards, and placed the Raiders in position to kick the game-winning field goal.

Penalty Palooza

"28 penalties, I don't know what the hell you want me to say." That's what Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the game, per NFL Media's Jane Slater

It wasn't just the Cowboys who were drawing yellow laundry all night, as the Raiders were flagged 14 times as well! The Cowboys racked up 166 penalty yards while the Raiders had 110. The Cowboys had 60 penalty yards in the first quarter, which is their most in a first quarter since 2002 in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, per ESPN.

Play of the game

After Marcus Mariota punched in a three-yard touchdown score, Dallas again found itself down by double digits. That didn't last long, however, as Tony Pollard returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the Cowboys' third touchdown of the game. Come for the play, stay for the official tripping on the pylon. Thankfully, he appeared to be OK. 

Two ejected in second half

After the Raiders went three-and-out on the first possession of the second half, AJ Cole came on to punt. While the boot went out of bounds, the play was not over.

Cowboys rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Raiders safety Roderic Teamer continued shoving each other out of bounds, and it drew the attention of everyone. In the midst of fisticuffs, one of the officials, Tom Hill, was bloodied on the chin. Joseph and Teamer were immediately ejected. 

What's next

The Raiders return to Vegas next weekend to host the Washington Football Team. The Cowboys on the other hand don't get the benefit of a longer week, as they take on the Saints in New Orleans next week on "Thursday Night Football." 

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Season Leaders

passing
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D. Carr4804 YD, 23 TDS, 14 INTS
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D. Carr4804 YD, 23 TDS, 14 INTS
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D. Prescott4449 YD, 37 TDS, 10 INTS
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D. Prescott4449 YD, 37 TDS, 10 INTS
rushing
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J. Jacobs217 ATT, 872 YD, 9 TDS
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J. Jacobs217 ATT, 872 YD, 9 TDS
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E. Elliott237 ATT, 1002 YD, 10 TDS
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E. Elliott237 ATT, 1002 YD, 10 TDS
receiving
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H. Renfrow103 REC, 1038 YD, 9 TDS
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H. Renfrow103 REC, 1038 YD, 9 TDS
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C. Lamb79 REC, 1102 YD, 6 TDS
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C. Lamb79 REC, 1102 YD, 6 TDS
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@Raiders via Twitter
November 26, 2021, 1:26 AM
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Flags were the theme in this one. 

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Looked like the Cowboys got away with a hold on that play, but Dak Prescott threw a bad ball to Brown. That would have been so hard to reel in. 

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Absolutely terrible field position for the Cowboys to start this one. Bad return and then a penalty as well. 

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That 45-yard tying field goal looked tight! Looks like we are headed to overtime! 

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Cowboys have now gone 48 yards on seven plays. No problem moving the ball on this drive. Time is a factor in this game-winning drive, however. 

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That drive was stressful, but Daniel Carlson came through with a 56-yard field goal. There's still so much time left for the Cowboys, however. Dak Prescott ... this is your time. 

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@dallascowboys via Twitter
November 26, 2021, 1:01 AM
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A 30-yard gain to DeSean Jackson to start the potential game-winning drive. These WRs have been working Dallas' DBs all night. Already approaching field goal territory. 

November 26, 2021, 12:56 AM
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Carr has had the upper-hand on Prescott all game, and he could solidify that narrative with a game-winning drive here. 

November 26, 2021, 12:53 AM
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@dallascowboys via Twitter
November 26, 2021, 12:53 AM
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Well the Cowboys' offense showed up when it mattered most! Four plays, 69 yards and a 32-yard TD strike to Schultz -- who also records the two-point conversion! Tie game with just under three minutes left to play! 

November 26, 2021, 12:53 AM
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Carr has showed a ton of trust in Zay Jones this game. He now has 7 targets. That's a solid stand by the Cowboys defense, though. Eight-point deficit with four minutes left. Let's see what Dak Prescott's got!

November 26, 2021, 12:48 AM
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You have to wonder if that's going to be the turning point in this one. Yannick Ngakoue's sack of Prescott on third down forces the Cowboys to go three-and-out. Raiders could potentially put this one away with a long, successful drive. 

November 26, 2021, 12:43 AM
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November 26, 2021, 12:42 AM
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