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Cowboys 20, Raiders 17

Dec. 17, 2017
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA

Dallas (8-6) hangs on to defeat Oakland (6-8) when the Raiders' Derek Carr fumbles through the end zone and out of bounds for a touchback. With third-and-3 from the Dallas 8 and 39 seconds left, Carr scrambles for 7 yards to the 1. As Carr dives for the goal line, the Raiders QB loses the ball after he is knocked down by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath. Carr does not need to score on the play because he had picked up a first down with 31 seconds left.

After the Cowboys' Dak Prescott runs into a pile on fourth-and-1 from the Dallas 39 with about five minutes left, Referee Gene Steratore calls for the chains to come out. After a measurement, he tries to slide what appears to be an index card between the tip of the ball and the end of the chain. When the card does not slide through, Steratore rules first down for Dallas. Following the game, he tells a pool reporter that he had decided it was a first down before the odd measurement. After getting a first down, the Cowboys move down the field to set up Dan Bailey's 19-yard go-ahead field goal with 1:44 to play.

Two meltdowns on special teams are costly for the Raiders, who have dropped eight of 12 games after a 2-0 start. Kicker Giorgio Travecchio is wide left on a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the first half with Oakland trailing 10-0. After the Raiders storm back to deadlock the score at 10-all in the third quarter, the Cowboys' Chris Jones run for 24 yards on fourth-and-11 to help set up Dak Prescott's 5-yard scoring run

With a third-quarter TD pass to Michael Crabtree, the Raiders' Derek Carr joins Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck as the only players with at least 100 scoring passes in their first four seasons in the NFL.

"I tried to hold onto it. 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."

Raiders QB Derek Carr

2: Sacks for the Raiders' Khalil Mack against the Cowboys. Mack has a sack in five straight games and 10.5 sacks on the season.
2: Interceptions for Oakland cornerback Sean Smith against Dallas. The Raiders had only two picks in the season's first 13 games.
21: Combined penalties for the Raiders and the Cowboys for 205 yards. Oakland has 14 infractions for 105 yards and Dallas has 7 penalties for 100 yards.

The Cowboys beat the Raiders in a regular-season game in Oakland for the first since since a 34-21 win in 1995. Dallas improves to 3-3 against the Raiders in regular-season games in Oakland.
The Cowboys-Raiders regular-season series is tied at 6-6.
The Raiders are 18-20 on Sunday Night Football since 1978, when the league started playing prime time Sunday games.

Updated: 12-18-2017