ARLINGTON (AP) – Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders got the help they needed from Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown.
Daniel Carlson hit a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Brown’s fourth pass interference in the game kept the Las Vegas offense alive and the Raiders defeated the Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday night.
Carlson’s fifth field goal of the game came after Brown was penalized for interfering with Zay Jones on third down and 18 yards to go. All four interference penalties against Brown were on third-down incomplete passes.
The Raiders had just two third-down conversions in total from their previous two games and were 3-for-13 on Thursday. But Brown topped that total without help.
Both teams had their most penalties and penalty yards of the season. Dallas committed 14 for 166 yards and Las Vegas 14 for 110.
“Twenty-eight penalties, I don’t know what the hell they want me to say,” said Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy. “Write what you want. It’s fine by me.”
The Raiders (6-5) ended a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving win since 1968. It was their fourth Thanksgiving appearance since then, and the previous two losses had been to the Cowboys.
“I won’t lie to them, they gave me the creeps,” Carr said. “When that kick crossed the posts, many childhood memories came to mind.”
Dak Prescott had 209 of his 375 passing yards in the fourth quarter. His 32-yard touchdown delivery to Dalton Schultz and two-point conversion, also with Schultz, tied the game at 30 with 2:54 left after being down virtually from the start.
Carlson put Las Vegas ahead 33-30 by hitting a 56-yard field goal – the longest of his career – with 1:52 left on the clock. Greg Zuerlein, who missed an extra point on Dallas’ first touchdown, responded with a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Tony Pollard returned a 100-yard kickoff for a Dallas touchdown in the third quarter, but was stopped within the 15th to kick off overtime. The Cowboys punched without getting a first down after starting from their 7-yard line and the Raiders capped off an AFC West team’s third win over the NFC East-leading Cowboys (7-4) in the last four. matches.
Brown had his back turned to Jones when Derek Carr launched his delivery from the 43rd yard in Las Vegas. The penalty put the Raiders at the Dallas 24-yard line and Carlson landed the winning kick after Dallas committed two offside penalties.
Carr passed for 373 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson. Marcus Mariota had a short touchdown carry on one play by design.
Dallas’ offense struggled in the first minutes in the absence of its two best receivers, Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocol) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion), in addition to running back Ezekiel Elliott presenting discomfort in his right knee.