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Cowboys edge Raiders 20-17 by slimmest of margins

Cowboys edge Raiders 20-17 by slimmest of margins

Earlier in the third quarter, Steratore did not overturn a Cowboys' challenge of an Oakland catch and overturned a Jason Witten first-down catch - correctly - that set up the Prescott keeper. Dak Prescott converted the first down on a quarterback sneak. It was ruled a touchback, sealing the Cowboys win.

Prescott's 31-yard strike to tight end James Hanna gave Dallas a first down at Oakland's 21.

Dallas is in a three-way tie for seventh place in the NFC, a half-game behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot. Oakland needs to win its final two games, hope Miami wins twice, Buffalo and Tennessee each lose twice and Baltimore doesn't lose twice to make the playoffs as the sixth seed.

Here's an instant analysis of the Cowboys' 20-17 win over the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

KEY STAT: The Cowboys had never won a game when Dak Prescott threw two interceptions in a game until Sunday against the Raiders. Entering the game, Carr ranked third-worst among qualifying quarterbacks when it comes to throwing deep.

Crabtree stayed on the field for the next two plays and was targeted on an incomplete pass by Carr on 2nd down.

Carr, who threw for just 171 yards and averaged just 4.5 yards per completion Sunday, saw his longest throw of the night go for 28 yards on a broken play. His game-losing fumble essentially summed up the Raiders season.

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The Raiders then drove to the Cowboys' 8-yard line, taking advantage of a 55-yard pass-interference penalty. He was initially given a TD return on the play but was ruled down by contact on replay and Oakland settled for a game-tying field goal from Giorgio Tavecchio.

Can the Cowboys actually pull this thing out and make the playoffs?

It's not a coincidence the Cowboys defense had one of its best performances of the season on linebacker Sean Lee's second game back from a three-game absence with a hamstring injury.

The Cowboys hold a 3-0 lead in the first quarter of a game that has yet to offer many thrills so far, and with Penn out, the Raiders may not muster more.

On the winning drive, the Cowboys faced fourth-and-1 at their 39 with 5:09 left. They are now 2-0 since he returned, and with Elliott returning next Sunday, the Cowboys are suddenly a unsafe team.

Cordarrelle Patterson's 100-yard kickoff return for an Oakland touchdown to open the second half was wiped away because of a holding call on Xavier Woodson-Luster.

Week 16: No game due to December 24 being Christmas Eve.


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