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Dak Prescott & Dallas Cowboys travel to Oakland to face Derek Carr & Raiders on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'


Wed, Dec 13th 2017 06:45 pm
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" features two teams in the playoff chase, as Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys travel to Oakland to face Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Coverage begins with "Football Night in America" this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
Both teams enter Sunday vying for a playoff berth with three games left in the regular season. The Cowboys (7-6) kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Giants on Sunday, and are currently a game back in the hunt for the final NFC Wild Card spot. Despite losing to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Raiders are only one game off the lead in the AFC West. After Dallas, Oakland faces Philadelphia and San Diego over the final two weeks of the season.
The Cowboys won their second consecutive game on Sunday, a 30-10 victory over NFC East rival New York. Prescott finished 20-of-30 for a career-high 332 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his season total to 21. According to Pro Football Focus, Prescott's 112.8 passer rating when blitzed ranks third in the NFL. Wide receiver Dez Bryant caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Prescott in the second quarter to become just the third player in team history to record 10 catches of 50 yards or more in a career (Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Bob Hayes).
Carr completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown in Oakland's loss to Kansas City to extend his touchdown streak to 14 games. With his performance, Carr surpassed 14,000 career passing yards to become just the 10th player in NFL history to do so in his first four seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Carr has the quickest average snap to pass time in the NFL at 2.31 seconds. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 61 yards and one touchdown. Since Week 9, Lynch is tied for the league-lead with five rushing scores.
Oakland currently leads the overall series, 6-5, while Dallas has won the last two meetings. The two franchises last met on a Sunday night 30 years ago (Nov. 15, 1987), a game the Raiders won 40-38.
Calling Cowboys-Raiders are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 32nd season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
"Football Night in America," the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by Mike Tirico, who will report on-site from Oakland Alameda Coliseum, and Dan Patrick, who will host from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and "PFT Live" on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. Paul Burmeister will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Patriots-Steelers.
Week 15 kicks off tomorrow on NBC with an AFC matchup, as Von Miller and the Denver Broncos travel to Indianapolis to face Frank Gore and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on "Thursday Night Football." Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. with "Football Night in Indianapolis."
NBC will utilize its SkyCam system as the primary-viewing angle for live game coverage. NBC will have its full complement of "TNF" cameras and will revert to traditional coverage when situations dictate, but the primary viewing experience of the game will come from the SkyCam angle.
On Saturday, two-time NFL MVP and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner joins Mike Tirico and sideline reporter Heather Cox for an NFC North matchup between Chicago and Detroit. The NBC Sports-produced coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. exclusively on NFL Network.

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