Cowboys' secondary iced themselves in a OT loss to the Raiders 36-33
Dallas- The Cowboys defense came up short against the Raiders.
After blowing a chance to show the world that they are a Super Bowl contender against the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas wanted to start their holiday season with a victory over the dismantled Raiders. Prior to the game, it was announced that the Cowboys' offense would take a huge hit with Ceedee Lamb and Amari Cooper not being in the line-up. Once again Dallas found themselves in a deficit early on. After Dallas had a miss-assignment covering DeSean Jackson, Derek Carr hit D-Jack in stride for a 52-yard touchdown score to strike a first punch.
Dallas returned the punch with a jab of their own. Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Sean McKeon, but the PAT was hooked wide left, which made it a 7-6 game midway in the first. Dallas had four penalties that hurt them on the Raiders' next drive. Those four grenades helped jump-start a Raiders' drive that resulted in a walk-in touchdown at the start of the second, 14-6.
Time in and time out, Dallas had some good drives but it was killed by crucial penalties. They had six flags that turned in 65 yard for the Raiders. Despite their defense giving up points, Dallas stole the momentum at the end of the half with Ezekiel Elliot going in for a one-yard TD score to cut the Raiders' lead to a four point lead, 17-13.
The Cowboys' secondary continued to give the Raiders' life with crucial penalties that could have been avoided. Each time it look like the Cowboys could get the Raiders off the field on third downs, they ended up shooting themselves in the foot. With under five minutes left in the third, the Raiders scored another touchdown to extend their lead 24-13.
It looked like Dallas was in the dumps, but a 100-yard kick-return by Tony Pollard got their team back in the game. After the touchdown, Dallas elected to go for two, but did not convert the down, 24-19. Before the end of the quarter, Las Vegas tacked on a field goal to make it an eight point game, 27-19. Dallas startled everyone at the start of the fourth. In three plays, Prescott and company was in business, but a holding call took away a touchdown.They had to settle for a field-goal, which made it a 27-22 game. The energy was sucked out the stadium once again, as the Raiders tacked on a field goal to potentially ice the game, 30-22.
The Cowboys; scored a touchdown and tacked on a two point conversion with under three minutes left in regulation to tie up the game 30-30. All Dallas needed was a couple of stops to get the ball back and score a game winning field goal. That was plan, but the Raiders got into field goal range and hit a 56-yard field goal to go up three, 33-30. With under .50 seconds left, Prescott led the Cowboys down the field and put them in position to tie the game again to go into overtime. Dallas hit the 46-yard field goal and forced overtime.
Dallas had a chance to get the Raiders off the field on a third and long, but once again Dallas was flagged for PI. A couple plays later, the Raiders kicked the field goal to win the game.