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
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.1||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||12:19||Julius Jones, 77 yd run (Martin Gramatica kick is good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 79 yds, 0:49
|TD||14:56||Mike Karney, 2 yd run (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 88 yds, 6:44
|TD||10:24||Mike Karney, 3 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 39 yds, 4:04
|TD||0:50||Jamal Jones, 27 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 95 yds, 3:20
|FG||11:26||Martin Gramatica 24 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 3:34
|TD||10:12||Reggie Bush, 61 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:27
|TD||7:53||Terrell Owens, 34 yd pass from Tony Romo (Martin Gramatica kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:13
|TD||5:21||Mike Karney, 6 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:30
|TD||3:57||Devery Henderson, 42 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yds, 1:29