Final Score: New Orleans 49, Dallas 17
New Orleans, LA – Drew Brees decimated the Dallas defense on Sunday evening, throwing for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a dominant 49-17 victory over the Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Brees and the Saints had their way with the Cowboys’ defensive unit, setting an NFL record for 1st downs in a game with 40, although racking up a whopping 625 yards of total offense, the most ever allowed by the Cowboys in franchise history.
Brees place together a string of 19 consecutive completions at one particular point and finished 34-of-41 passing, although Mark Ingram racked up 145 yards and a score on 14 carries for the Saints (7-two), who bounced back in a large way from final week’s 26-20 loss to the Jets.
“Nowadays was an really effective day on offense…each in the pass and the run,” Brees said. “I know a quarterback should mention the offensive line at every press conference but for true…these guys were phenomenal.”
Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas each added a rushing and receiving score, although Marques Colston, who missed last week’s loss with a knee injury, caught seven passes for a game-higher 107 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Tony Romo struggled to uncover his rhythm all through the game, completing just ten-of-24 passes for 128 yards and a score for the Cowboys (five-five), who have lost two of their final 3 games to fall into a tie atop the NFC East with Philadelphia following the Eagles bested Green Bay earlier on Sunday.
“We’re 5-5. We’re a team that has to play far better football than this in all facets,” Romo mentioned. “We have to go back and study and figure out what we require to do to be a better football team simply because that clearly was not great enough.”
DeMarco Murray compiled 89 yards and a touchdown on 16 totes in defeat.
Murray’s 7-yard TD run early in the second stanza staked Dallas to a ten-7 lead, but the Saints reeled off 28 unanswered points to seize handle of the contest.
The very first score came on a 15-play trek that Brees extended with a 19-yard completion to Kenny Stills on 3rd-and-7 before capping the drive with an additional third-down conversion, as he found Thomas out of the backfield for a 1-yard score to put the Saints on prime for very good.
Dallas went three-and-out on its subsequent two touches and Sproles identified the finish zone on back-to-back New Orleans’ series to send the Saints into the break with a 28-10 cushion.
Sproles’ three-yard surge into the finish zone created it 21-ten with 1:32 left in the half before the shifty operating back caught a screen pass out to the right and followed a convoy of blockers en route to a 28-yard TD that gave the Saints an 18-point advantage.
Ingram scored from 4 yards out late in the third to extend the margin, but Dez Bryant came up with a nifty 44-yard grab to set up Romo’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams that gave Dallas a glimmer of hope.
The Cowboys then surprised the Saints with an onside kick that Dallas linebacker Cameron Lawrence recovered, but Romo was whistled for intentional grounding on second down and the Cowboys had to punt.
Brees capped his impressive efficiency early in the fourth, discovering Stills deep down the field on 3rd-and-six for a 52-yard touchdown that created it 42-17 just more than two minutes into the final frame.
After one more Dallas three-and-out, Thomas scored from a yard out to account for the final margin.
Early on, Dallas had a prime chance to uncover the end zone right after Sproles muffed a punt at his personal 22-yard line, but the Cowboys failed to pick up a first down and settled for a 37-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to make it 3- with 8:14 left in the first.
Brees kept New Orleans’ ensuing touch alive with a pair of third-down conversions to Colston ahead of going back to his trusty wideout for a 22-yard scoring strike that place the Saints on prime, 7-3, late in the first.
Dwayne Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards just before Murray broke cost-free for 35 far more to the New Orleans 32.
Murray then carried the ball on 5 of the subsequent six plays, with his 7-yard TD run around the left end giving Dallas a three-point lead early in the second.
New Orleans converted 9-of-12 third downs even though the Cowboys finished -for-9 on third-down efficiency … New Orleans compiled 242 rushing yards and held Dallas to 89 yards on the ground … Dallas linebacker Sean Lee left the game early in the second with a hamstring injury and did not return … The Saints are five- at property this season and 15-3 in their final 18 November games … Thomas completed with 87 yards on 17 carries while catching seven passes for 24 yards … Bryant led Dallas’ receiving corps with 44 yards, despite getting held to just one catch.
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