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6-8, 3rd in AFC West
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Carr leaves it all on the field in Raiders' loss (0:51)
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Index card 4th-down ruling draws Raiders' ire

After referee Gene Steratore used a folded-up index card to measure for a key first down that ultimately went in favor of the Cowboys on Sunday night, the Raiders contended that there was "still space between the ball and the stick."

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Garrett, Del Rio weigh in on index card as a unit of measure (0:53)
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Crabtree confused on why he was taken out of the game (0:33)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

From a pool reporter, on the controversial first down that kept alive the Cowboys' game-winning drive: Why did you use the index card? Gene Steratore: “Didn't use the card to make the final decision. The final decision was made visually. The card was used nothing more than a reaffirmation of what was visually done. My decision was visually done based on the look from the pole.” *** How did it reaffirm? Steratore: “That was already finished. The ball was touching the pole. I put the card in there and as soon as it touched, it was nothing more than a reaffirmation. The decision was made based on my visual from the top looking down and the ball touching the front of the pole.” *** So the card was used for what purpose? Steratore: “It was just for reaffirmation, but the decision was made based on my visual, looking at the ball touching the pole.” *** It reaffirmed it how? Steratore: “The decision was made based on my visual look that the ball was touching the pole. The card did nothing more than reaffirm. The judgement was not made by the card itself. It was made by my visual looking at the football as it relates to the line and the pole.” *** How did it reaffirm your call? Steratore: “My call was made based on my visual looking at the football and the front of the line and the pole.” *** Have you used the card before or how did you think of using that? Steratore: “It's maybe been done at some point in someone's career but I didn't use the card for my decision. I used my visual looking at the ball reaching the pole.”

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Ref uses paper to measure first down (0:33)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I had the opportunity to try to win the football game..,it just slipped out of my glove." - Derek Carr

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Cowboys find a way past the Raiders (1:31)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"There's nothing sweet about it; it's all bitter." - Sean Smith, who had two INTs, when asked if the night was bittersweet.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"There still was space between the ball and the stick." - NaVorro Bowman

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Carr's fumble into end zone seals game for Cowboys (0:47)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The quirkiest NFL Sunday in a long time included all of the league's greatest hits. The AFCs' No. 1 seed might have been decided when the Steelers' go-ahead touchdown was invalidated by the infuriating catch rule. Later, referee Gene Steratore granted the Cowboys a first down on a measurement so close that he used a folded index card to gauge it. And then, the Raiders lost possession on their final drive when quarterback Derek Carr's fumble dribbled out of the end zone for a touchback. All that was missing on this day was an illegal bat.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

That vaunted Derek Carr magic from 2016, when he engineered seven comeback wins in the fourth quarter or overtime, made a brief comeback Sunday night. The Raiders QB let it rip late, and was a yard shy of another comeback win...until he fumbled the ball through the end zone. There are few, if any, silver linings in this one, the Raiders' eighth loss of the season. That Carr magic was welcomed in Oakland, but after such a slow start to the game in which the Raiders had just 52 yards of offense with two minutes to go in the first half, it was too little, too late.

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Cowboys edge Raiders 20-17 by slimmest of margins

Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive by the slimmest of margins after Dak Prescott converted a fourth-down sneak by the width of an index card to set up Dan Bailey's go-ahead 19-yard field goal, and Derek Carr fumbled the ball inches from the goal line...

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"This is a billion dollar industry and it comes down to that?" - Greg Papa, on a piece of paper being used to determine if the football's nose reached the chain for a first down.

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Crabtree comes away with two TD catches (0:46)
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Carr finds Crabtree again for TD (0:21)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Carr has 2 TD passes against the blitz. He had 1 TD against the blitz in his last 6 games combined, per ESPN Stats & Information.

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Smith picks off Prescott twice (0:59)
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Carr finds Crabtree in back of the end zone (0:24)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

That Cowboys scoring drive was set up by the fake punt on 4th and 11 in Dallas territory...when the Raiders had two returners back, giving Dallas a man advantage up front and giving punter Chris Jones the option to take off and pick up 24 yards on the run.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Carr also joined Ken Stabler (150), Daryle Lamonica (148) and Rich Gannon (114) as the fourth Raiders QB to throw at least 100 TD passes. https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL/status/942596909813858306

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Smith's 22-yard pick-six is overturned. he was touched and downed by Cole Beasley. The last Raiders player with a multi-pick game was Charles Woodson, in 2015, vs. the Broncos' Peyton Manning.

Team Stats

Passing Yards233.116th
Rushing Yards93.725th
Points For20.122nd
Points Against23.119th