No league does Thanksgiving like the NFL!
Currently, Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders are leading Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in Dallas. And earlier, football fans got a hearty treat in the holiday opener, as the Chicago Bears kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to upend the Detroit Lions.
Here are the top plays from Thursday’s matchups.
Ready to feast
The Raiders were first to strike, as DeSean Jackson got things going with this monster 56-yard touchdown.
On that TD, Carr became the first QB in Raiders’ history to pass for 30,000 career yards. What’s more, it was the 34th career touchdown of 50-plus yards for Jackson, good for the second-most all-time in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice.
Prescott found tight end Sean McKeon for six to keep Dallas within arm’s reach.
What could have been
On the ensuing drive, the Raiders were this close to a big-time turnover. Initially, it looked like the Cowboys recovered the fumble, but it was ruled an incomplete pass after review.
The effort here from Dallas was A+, though.
Is that legal?
The game began with a confusing sequence before a play was even called. After Detroit deferred the opening coin flip, Chicago tried deferring back to the original deferrer.
A Unique coin-flip sequence took place between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions where the Lions won the toss and deferred to the Bears who tried deferring back.
You look familiar
To the moon!
Darnell Mooney = deep threat.
He got behind the secondary to pull in this doozy of a deep catch.
The moonshot set up this dime to Jimmy Graham. It put Chi-Town up 10-7, and the Bears added a field goal to take a 13-7 advantage into the halftime break.
Don’t count Detroit out. In seven plays, Goff & Co. went 79 yards to pay dirt late in the third.
T.J. Hockenson reeled in the go-ahead TD reception, which helped put the Lions up 14-13.
Beary Merry Thanksgiving
Andy Dalton is going to be eating good tonight.
On the final drive of the game, Chicago sustained a whopping 18-play drive to run out the clock and put Cairo Santos in perfect position to knock home a game-winning 28-yard field goal.
This Bears team earned its turkey after collecting the first win of Thanksgiving Thursday.
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
Still to come!
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