8:15 PM ET, December 10, 2006
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- No matter how much Sean Payton insisted he wasn't trying to prove anything to Bill Parcells, Drew Brees knew his coach was lying.
Saints QB Drew Brees, right, has thrown for 300 or more yards in 8 of his 13 appearances this season. The NFL record for 300-yard passing games in a season is 10 by Raiders QB Rich Gannon in 2002:
The Saints won a very impressive game on the road by dominating the red-hot Cowboys to maintain their lead in the NFC South and positioned themselves for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Saints did an unbelievable job of keeping the Cowboys defense off balance with their play selection, while spreading the field using shifts and motions to create individual matchups to which the Cowboys had no answers. QB Drew Brees (above) was flawless with his command of the team, quick release and ability to make all throws in the passing game, while unknown players continue to step up and make plays for the Saints offense.
Defensively, the Saints never let the Cowboys offense or QB Tony Romo gain any momentum or get into rhythm. Once they established their lead, the Saints forced Dallas to become a one-dimensional team, attacking through the air.
Already the NFL leader in yards passing, Brees topped 4,000 for the first time in his career. ... Jones' TD tied the second-longest ever allowed by the Saints and matched the fifth-longest in Cowboys history. ... Cowboys kicker Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yarder just before halftime, then made a 24-yarder in the third quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.1||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||2:54||Julius Jones 77 Yd Run (Martin Gramatica Kick) |
Drive: 2 plays, 79 yds, :49
|TD||0:07||Mike Karney 2 Yd Run (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 14 plays, 88 yds, 6:44
|TD||4:41||Mike Karney 3 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 39 yds, 4:04
|TD||14:16||Jamal Jones 27 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 95 yds, 3:20
|FG||3:34||Martin Gramatica 24 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 66 yds, 3:34
|TD||5:01||Reggie Bush 61 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:27
|TD||7:14||Terrell Owens 34 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Martin Gramatica Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:13
|TD||9:44||Mike Karney 6 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:30
|TD||11:13||Devery Henderson 42 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 59 yds, 1:29