With the score tied and 1:44 remaining Sunday night, the Cowboys faced fourth-and-goal from Oakland's 1-yard line.
Per the Dallas Morning News, owner Jerry Jones wanted head coach Jason Garrett to go for it.
Instead, Garrett called upon Dan Bailey, who made a 19-yard field goal, giving the Cowboys a 20-17 lead. Dallas held on for the victory but not without an outstanding play from Jeff Heath in the final seconds to keep Raiders quarterback Derek Carr out of the endzone. Carr fumbled through the endzone, giving the ball back to the Cowboys.
"I felt our defense was going to have to stop them one way or the other to win the game," the Cowboys owner and general manager said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "It was unlikely that they wouldn't get down the field to score. Now, no one has the crystal ball, of course, but if we were going to stop them, our best chance to stop them, even though we didn't have a score on the board, was coming out of the endzone on the one-inch line. Plus, we had the opportunity to make it, and that was probably more than 50 percent.
For what it's worth, commentator Cris Collinsworth said in no uncertain terms, "Oh, you have to kick it here."
"And then the idea that usually in the NFL today with two minutes on the clock -- I think they had a timeout -- they're going to get a score. So I thought we should have gone ahead and made the attempt to get it in [the endzone] right there. Of course, even then you still have to stop them.
"I disagree but I didn't mentally lay down in front of the train and thought there was an error. There's no such thing there, that's just make the call."