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Raiders blow 14-point lead, fall to Cowboys 31-24

  • Rashad Jennings (27) scores a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half on Thursday. (BRANDON WADE / Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett was hopping mad, jumping up and down. DeMarco Murray had just run by for his third touchdown to put Dallas ahead to stay.

The Raiders, after leading only 12 seconds into the game and up by two touchdowns until just before halftime, faltered again in a 31-24 loss Thursday at Dallas that ensures Oakland an 11th consecutive season without a winning record.

"We have to execute what's played, we have to play our game plan," Burnett said. "We didn't adjust when we had to. ... It's nothing that can be coached. The coaches put us in perfect plays and we didn't tackle. That's what it boils down. We didn't tackle. We would hit them in the backfield, and we'd have six guys round them and we'd let them go."

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Murray's 7-yard touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth quarter broke a 21-all tie.

The Raiders (4-8) haven't finished with a winning record since going to the Super Bowl during the 2002 season. They had consecutive 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011 before slipping to 4-8 last year.

Their three losses this month all close, two by four points before falling by a touchdown against the Cowboys (7-5).

"We just need to learn how to finish," said cornerback Mike Jenkins, like Burnett a former Dallas player.

Dallas was without kick returner Dwayne Harris because of a hamstring injury, and rookie replacement Terrance Williams gave the Raiders a touchdown with a fumble on the opening kickoff. Greg Jenkins picked up the ball at the 23 after it squirted away from the pile and outran everyone to the pylon.

The play was upheld on review after replay showed Williams' knee hitting the turf just as the ball was coming out.

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