Cowboys defense grounds Saints high-flying offense in shocking win

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It happens. But Dallas did very well to take away what New Orleans does well.

Cowboys: Philadelphia on December 9 in last of three straight home games.

The Saints gained only 59 yards in the first half while being shut out 13-0 - which was their lowest yardage total in a first half since 2001, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Brees had his fewest yards passing in a first half since joining the Saints in 2006 with 39, and couldn't get a potential winning drive going in the final minutes.

Late in the first quarter, Prescott connected with Ezekiel Elliott for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead.

Brees, who is having one of the best quarterback seasons in National Football League history, completed just 18 of 28 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and a stunning interception with 2 minutes, 8 seconds remaining when the Saints were still trailing just 13-10. But, before you get to play in February, you have to make it through the playoffs and this Dallas win made that much more interesting.

The Cowboys spent the fourth quarter trying to protect their three-point lead, with Prescott breaking several tackles on an 11-yard scramble on third-and-10 and Cole Beasley catching a third-down pass and diving for 5 yards on third-and-5.

It's not like Dallas put out a blueprint on how to beat the Saints. The biggest was Randy Gregory's roughing-the-punt penalty on Thomas Morstead.

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Marshon Lattimore was called for interference against Amari Cooper in the end zone, giving Dallas a first down at the 1 with 1:58 remaining.

Elliott had 136 scrimmage yards with 76 rushing and 60 receiving on six catches. In the Thanksgiving game a week earlier, Elliott (No. 21) dropped $21 into the other kettle on the same end of the field. The 85-year-old joins former coach Tom Landry and former general manager Tex Schramm, both deceased, in the 22-person group.

Jones fired Landry immediately, and Schramm resigned less than two months later. By the end of the night, Brees would throw a game-sealing interception to Jourdan Lewis-just his third of the season-and head back to New Orleans with a 10-2 record.

As for the Cowboys, their season seems all but over a mere four weeks ago.

Saints FB Zach Line was evaluated for a concussion in the second half. The Saints failed to punch it in on fourth down with Alvin Kamara and the Cowboys took over.

Saints: At Tampa Bay on December 9 in second of three straight road games.

The Cowboys remaining non-divisional games at the Colts and home against the Buccaneers both feature offense's now in the top ten of points per game.

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