OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Dallas stored its playoff hopes alive by the slimmest of margins.
Dak Prescott transformed a fourth-down sneak by the width of an index card to arrange Dan Bailey’s go-ahead 19-yard discipline purpose, and Derek Carr fumbled the ball inches from the purpose line with 31 seconds left to offer the Cowboys a 20-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday evening.
“We all know the place we’re at, our season is on the road so far as going to the playoffs,” tight finish Jason Witten stated. “It is good to simply see us discover a technique to get the consequence that we did. … Good to get fortunate and see the soccer gods make it easier to out a bit. I’ve actually been on the opposite finish of it over the course of my years.”
The primary key play got here when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett determined to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his personal 39 with about 5 minutes left in a tie sport. Prescott ran right into a pile that took officers time to untangle.
Referee Gene Steratore then referred to as for the chains to come back out, however even that wasn’t clear. He then tried to slip what gave the impression to be an index card between the tip of the ball and the tip of the chain. When the cardboard did not slide by way of, Steratore signaled a primary down for Dallas (Eight-6). He stated he had determined it was a primary down earlier than the odd measurement.
“The ultimate resolution was made visually. The cardboard was used nothing greater than a reaffirmation of what was visually performed,” he advised a pool reporter. “My resolution was visually performed primarily based on the look from the pole.”
That rationalization did not fulfill Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
“I had a special viewpoint. I noticed air,” Del Rio stated. “It was fairly apparent. Once more, they do the perfect they will with a tricky job.”
Prescott then hit Dez Bryant with a 40-yard go that arrange Bailey’s brief kick with 1:44 to play that gave the Cowboys the lead.
However the sport was removed from over. The Raiders (6-Eight) acquired a present when Jourdan Lewis dedicated a 55-yard go interference penalty on a fourth-and-10 from their very own 30. Carr then scrambled on third-and-Three from the Eight and reached out for the tip zone. However the ball got here free earlier than crossing the purpose line and went out of the tip zone for a touchback that every one however ended Oakland’s playoff hopes. The Raiders are tied for ninth within the AFC.
“I attempted to carry onto it,” Carr stated. “It wasn’t like I did not strive. However there’s clearly quite a lot of various things . throw it away, kick a discipline purpose, run out of bounds. OK, cool. However in that second I used to be simply attempting to win for my teammates.”
Dallas is in a three-way tie for seventh place within the NFC, a half-game behind Atlanta for the ultimate playoff spot. The Falcons beat the Cowboys head-to-head.
The Cowboys acquired their third straight win with out suspended star working again Ezekiel Elliott, who returns from a six-game suspension subsequent week. However Dallas’ three straight losses at the beginning of the suspension created a gap the group continues to be attempting to flee.
“We proceed to scratch, we proceed to claw,” coach Jason Garrett stated. “It wasn’t our most good efficiency in any part of our soccer group, however the battle was there.”
FAKE IT OUT
The Cowboys took a danger within the third quarter on a fourth-and-11 from their very own 24. Punter Chris Jones stored the ball and ran 24 yards for a primary down. Dallas then drove down the sector and took a 17-10 lead when Prescott ran in from 5 yards out after which was given a bathe of drinks thrown by followers within the Black Gap.
Carr arrange Oakland’s first TD with a 32-yard scramble that was his longest run since his rookie yr. That led to a 2-yard TD to Michael Crabtree that gave Carr 100 profession landing passes. He joined Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck as the one gamers with at the least 100 TD passes of their first 4 years within the NFL. Carr added a second TD go to Crabtree within the fourth quarter that tied the sport at 17.
TAKE IT AWAY
Sean Smith intercepted two passes for the Raiders, doubling the group’s whole from the primary 13 video games. Smith acquired his first on the opening drive of the sport after which added one other simply moments after Oakland acquired on the board for the primary time. Bruce Irvin hit Prescott on the throw and Smith got here up with the floater . He was initially given a TD return on the play however was dominated down by contact on replay and Oakland settled for a game-tying discipline purpose from Giorgio Tavecchio.
The Raiders misplaced LT Donald Penn (foot) and DT Treyvon Hester (ankle) to accidents within the first half. … Dallas LT Tyron Smith left within the second half with a knee damage.
Cowboys: Host Seattle on Sunday.
Raiders: Go to Philadelphia on Dec. 25.
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