Dallas Cowboys vs Las Vegas Raiders’ Thriller Makes Thanksgiving Television History

Published 11/27/2021, 3:02 AM EST
Nov 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) kicks the game winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys during overtime at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

An American Thanksgiving tradition includes a plate full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and football. Stuffing food in their stomach and football in their head is the real American way. Thanksgiving games are always a big deal in the country. Every football player knows the importance of this match. If you are a football player, you know, especially on this day, the entire country’s eyes are going to be on you. This year’s Thanksgiving proved it and game was Las Vegas Raiders vs Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys vs Las Vegas Raiders makes history

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On Thursday, America’s most wanted faced America’s team. America’s appetite for turkeys was matched with the desire for football. This game may have surpassed the total amount of turkeys sold all over America. The CBC estimated this Thanksgiving game will achieve a viewership of around 38.5 million. The Thursday night meeting between The Raiders and the Cowboys became historic, as is the most-watched regular-season match in the history of the NFL since 1990. 

The figure of 38.5 million was determined using the combined audience of Nielsen’s Fast National ratings and the expected CBS total out-of-home viewership. They’ll announce the precise figure on Tuesday after double-checking everything.

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The out-of-home audience was not included in Nielsen’s instantly available metrics system until last season. They never released these numbers to the public for a good chunk of time before. Whatever the case used to be, this year we are looking at a massive number. Last year’s Thanksgiving game between Dallas Cowboys and Washington pulled a whopping 30.3 million average viewership on Fox.

I guess we know which team the Americans like to watch play during Thanksgiving. We do not call them America’s team for nothing. They are the league’s biggest draw, so it should come as no surprise to anyone if they always get big numbers.

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The game itself was very entertaining and was close until the very end. Derek Carr and the Raiders picked up the victory in overtime, thanks to a field goal. The result of the match was 33-36. With every passing year, this Thanksgiving tradition is growing bigger and bigger in America, and there is no stopping football. 

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Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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Sports journalist by day, gamer by night and a gym addict by morning. Gurjyot has been a lifelong fan of Wrestling, Contact sports, Rock music and Video games. With a degree in English Literature and Economics from Patkar College, Mumbai, he is set out to conquer every task he sets his mind to.

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