In the traditional Thanksgiving game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders, Daniel Carlson kicked a field goal in overtime to give the Raiders a 36-33 victory.
In Texas, the Raiders led throughout until a frenetic conclusion saw the Cowboys tie the game at 30-30 with 2:54 left. Both teams traded field goals to force overtime, where Carlson’s fifth field goal from 29 yards won it.
The Raiders are back in contention in the AFC West with a 6-5 record after ending a three-game losing run.
Since 1966, when Dallas began hosting games on Thanksgiving Day, the ‘America’s Team’ has only missed the holiday twice. However, the visitors led 17-13 at halftime and 27-19 in the third quarter after Carlson converted a field goal.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott connected with Dalton Schultz for a 32-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game late, but he couldn’t prevent Dallas (7-4) from losing their third game in a row.
He threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns on 32 of 47 passing attempts, while Raiders quarterback Derek Carr went 24-of-39 for 373 yards and one touchdown.
Back-up for a car In the third quarter, Marcus Mariota scored on a three-yard run, but Tony Pollard put the hosts back in the game by returning the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
The Detroit Lions have a longer Thanksgiving tradition than Dallas, having played every year since 1934, but after a 16-14 home loss to the Chicago Bears, they are the only team without a win this season.
The Bears (4-7) won their first game in six after the visitors controlled possession for the final eight and a half minutes, allowing Cairo Santos to convert a 28-yard field goal as time expired.
The Buffalo Bills won 31-6 over the New Orleans Saints in this year’s other Thanksgiving game, rebounding from a 41-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Bills climbed to 7-4 in the AFC East, level with the resurgent New England Patriots, thanks to Josh Allen’s 23-of-28 passing for 260 yards and four touchdowns.