ARLINGTON, Texas -- Running back DeMarco Murray scored three touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys erased a 14-point deficit to defeat the Oakland Raiders 31-24 on Thanksgiving afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys (7-5) won their second game in a row and moved back into sole possession of first place in the NFC East, at least for the time being. Philadelphia (6-5) gets its chance to pull back into first on Sunday.
Murray carried 17 times for a modest 63 yards, but his scores were significant as the Cowboys moved two games above .500 for the first time this season. The third-year pro had both of Dallas' first-half touchdowns and the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (23-of-32 passing for 225 yards) wasn't spectacular, but he took care of the ball and threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant. Backup running back Lance Dunbar rushed for 82 yards.
Oakland rookie quarterback Matt McGloin, making just his third career start, had the Raiders driving toward a potential tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. McGloin, though, made his second mistake of the game when a poorly thrown ball to wide receiver Jacoby Ford was intercepted in the end zone.
McGloin finished 18-for-30 for 255 yards and the one interception.
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings ran for two touchdowns, but he was knocked out of the game in the second half after taking a knee to the head. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that he sustained a concussion. Jennings, who rushed for 413 yards the past four weeks while averaging 5.7 yards per carry, gained 35 yards on 17 attempts Thursday.
Oakland wide receiver Andre Holmes, a former Cowboy, had seven catches for 136 yards. McGloin, who is 1-2 as a starter, was 18 of 30 for 255 yards and the one interception.
Oakland (4-8) lost for the fourth time in its last five games.
Dallas erased a 21-7 deficit with three straight touchdown drives. Not only were the Cowboys moving the ball and controlling the clock, but they were able to get Oakland off the field by finally stopping the Raiders on third down.
Oakland was 7 of 9 on third-down conversions in the first half and just 0 of 4 in the second.
Dunbar keyed the tying march with a 45-yard sprint up the middle. Romo connected with Bryant to finish the drive with a 4-yard jump ball in the end zone.
Murray powered it in from the 7 less than a minute into the fourth quarter for Dallas' first lead of the game. A chip shot field goal by Dan Bailey with 1:56 left gave Dallas a 31-21 lead.
Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 45-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining, but the Cowboys recovered the ensuing onside kick to clinch the win.
Oakland took a 21-14 lead into the locker room by playing keepaway from the Cowboys for almost the entire second quarter. The Raiders held the ball for nearly 13 minutes and converted seven third downs on their two scoring drives, both ending with short runs by Jennings.
But Romo and the Cowboys avoided a 14-point deficit at the break by driving 70 yards in the last two minutes. Long completions to tight end Jason Witten and Bryant helped set up Murray's second touchdown of the half.
The teams traded turnovers and touchdowns at the opposite ends of the first quarter. The Raiders needed just 12 seconds to put up points and did so without receiving the opening kickoff.
Cowboys returner Terrence Williams caught the kick 9 yards deep in the end zone, brought it out and fumbled. Oakland's Kaelin Burnett yanked the ball loose, and Greg Jenkins scooped it up and raced 23 yards to the pylon for a touchdown.
Dallas got its turnover and touchdown late in the first to tie the score at 7. After getting pinned deep following a punt, McGloin fumbled the snap and Dallas linebacker Kyle Wilbur recovered on the Oakland 2. Murray trotted in untouched on the subsequent play.
NOTES: Raiders RG Mike Brisiel suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. ... Oakland RB Darren McFadden was back on the field for the first time since straining his hamstring on Nov. 3 against Philadelphia. ... The NFL announced the dates of the three regular-season games in London next year, including Oakland playing Miami in Week 4 on Sept. 28 and Dallas facing Jacksonville in Week 10 on Nov. 9. ... The Cowboys are 28-16-1 on Thanksgiving. The Raiders are 3-3 and have not won on Thanksgiving since 1968. ... Dallas inactives: CB Morris Claiborne, WR Dwayne Harris, LB Sean Lee, LB Justin Durant, LB DeVonte Holloman, S Jakar Hamilton and T Darrion Weems. Oakland inactives: SS Tyvon Branch, WR Brice Butler, DE Jason Hunter, OG Lamar Mady, WR Denarius Moore, DE Brian Sanford and OT Menelik Watson.