Lions and Cowboys Suffer Heartbreaking Losses On Thanksgiving

Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in 2017
Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in 2017. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys were not in the mood for the Thanksgiving celebration after playing their respective games on Thursday afternoon. Both teams suffered close heartbreaking defeats, with the Lions losing 16-14 to the Chicago Bears and the Cowboys falling 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime.

The Lions were looking to end their winless streak against the Bears and came close to doing so. They entered the fourth quarter with a one-point lead and held it until the very last second of regulation. But unfortunately for Detroit, Chicago’s offense was already in the field goal range at that point, and Cairo Santos converted a 28-yarder with the clock running out to give his team an important win.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, welcomed the Raiders in hopes of bouncing back from a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. However, they too were left empty-handed by a late field goal.

Dallas fell behind early on and trailed for the better part of the contest. It was only in the fourth quarter that they’ve pulled level thanks to QB Dak Prescott’s touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz and a two-point conversion afterward.

At this point, the score was tied at 30-30, and the Raiders had a chance to put together a final drive for all the marbles. Las Vegas ended up doing so and scored a go-ahead field goal, but also left too much time for Prescott and co. in the process. Working with less than two minutes, Dallas’ offense managed to get across the field and get things even once again to force the overtime.

The Cowboys elected to have the first possession in OT after winning the toss but only had a quick three and out to show for. The Raiders, on the other hand, managed to get 67 yards down the field and set up a field goal by Daniel Carlson to win the game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Lions still remain the only winless team in the NFL after their Thanksgiving game, while the Bears improved to a 4-7 record. The Cowboys, on the other hand, are still in control in NFC East despite the loss, while the win allowed the Raiders to remain in striking distance of the leading teams in the AFC West.