ARLINGTON, Texas – Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Anthony Brown’s fourth pass interference penalty kept the drive alive, and the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday.
Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Brown was called for a foul on Zay Jones on third and 18. All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on incomplete third-down.
The Raiders (6-5) finished a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving victory since 1968. It was their fourth holiday appearance since then, with the previous two losses to the Cowboys.
Carlson led Las Vegas 33-30 with a career-long 56-yard touchdown with 1:52 left. Greg Zuerlein, who missed an extra point after the first Dallas TD, responded with a 45-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left.
Tony Pollard had a 100-yard kickoff return for Dallas in the third quarter, but was stopped inside 15 to start overtime. The Cowboys went three-and-out from their 7, and the Raiders ended the third victory for AFC West against the NFC East-leading Cowboys (7-4) in the last four games.
Brown had his back to Jones when Derek Carr threw the pass with Las Vegas at 43. The penalty put the Raiders at Dallas 24, and the winning kick came after Dallas was penalized twice for rushing past the line of scrimmage before the snap.
Both teams had season peaks in penalties and yards. Dallas had 14 for 166 and Las Vegas 14 for 110.
Carr threw 373 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson. Marcus Mariota had a short scoring run on a shotgun guard.
The Dallas attacks fought early without top receivers Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocol) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and defender Ezekiel Elliott who shot a right knee injury.
Dak Prescott had 209 of his 375-yard passes in the fourth quarter. His 32-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz and 2-point conversion throw to tight end pulled the Cowboys even at 30 with 2:54 left after trailing almost from the start.
Jackson successfully tipped on the sideline to open the scoring and pulled one of the interference penalties against Brown in the goal zone to set up Josh Jacobs’ 1-yard TD.
Sean McKeon had his first touchdown of his career, a 10-yard catch for the Cowboys’ first point. Elliott, who was limited to nine carries on 25 yards, had a 1-yard TD.