Drama As Late Field Goals Scored By Bears And Raiders, While Bills Stomp On Saints

Thanksgiving has passed us by once again, and we all know what that means. More NFL games have been completed. It also meant that the Detroit Lions’ plight was on display for all of America to see. They were winless at 0-9-1 entering Thursday. With a 14-13 lead as time expired, they had a chance to end their dismal record. The Chicago Bears, on the other hand, would break their hearts with a last-second field goal from Cairo Santos of 28 yards, maintaining Detroit 0-5 at home and boosting the visitors to 4-7 on the season. The Rams’ Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes, but Andy Dalton and company were able to overcome it. Dalton threw for 317 yards and a touchdown, and he also directed the game-winning drive.


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The Dallas Cowboys are also in action on Thanksgiving day, and they were at home against the Las Vegas Raiders in a compelling clash of teams with playoff aspirations. The Cowboys fell behind 17-6 in the second and trailed 24-13 in the third, but they roared back to force overtime when Greg Zuerlein kicked a 45-yarder with 19 ticks remaining. Daniel Carlson had kicked his own field goal, one from 56 yards out, less than two minutes earlier for the Raiders, showing how much of a back-and-forth affair this one was. But Carlson would prove to be the hero again in the extra period when connected from 29 yards for the Raiders’ victory. They took advantage of a fourth pass interference call on cornerback Anthony Brown to get into range, and that was all she wrote for their hopes of winning. Dak Prescott had done very well, throwing for 375 yards and two touchdowns, but the same could be said of his opposite number Derek Carr. Carr had 373 yards through the air and a TD of his own while the running game behind Josh Jacobs (87 yards and a TD on 22 carries) also kept the Cowboys on their toes. The Raiders improved to 6-5 on the year and kept their playoff hopes alive while the hosts fell for the third time in four and are now 7-4. In the final game of the day, the Buffalo Bills bounced back after a couple of weeks of poor results to bludgeon the New Orleans Saints 31-6 on the road. Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes, two of which came in the third quarter, to help the Bills raced out to a 24-0 lead before the Saints could finally respond in the fourth. By the time they had, it was too little too late for them. The Bills are now 7-4, good enough for a tie at the top of the AFC East with the Patriots while the Saints are 5-6 following a fourth consecutive ‘L.’


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