Arlington, Texas • Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a major down in a recreation of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees starting from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the narrowest doable margin.
One thing to keep up Drew Brees and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense on the sideline.
Ezekiel Elliott scored the one Dallas touchdown on a 16-yard show transfer and the Cowboys stifled Brees and the Saints, ending New Orleans’ 10-game profitable streak with a 13-10 victory Thursday night.
The Cowboys (7-5) gained their fourth consecutive recreation and warranted they will a minimal of keep tied for the NFC East lead.
The Saints (10-2) had been shut out throughout the first half, had their fewest elements in three years and accomplished with a season-low 176 yards. They missed a possibility to fully match Dallas from two years prior to now, when then-rookie sensations Elliott and Prescott gained 11 straight after dropping the opener.
“Everybody knew it. We wanted to keep up the ball away from Brees,” Cowboys proprietor and customary supervisor Jerry Jones said. “We’d have appreciated to play this sort of recreation. I would like to tell you, the safety carried out previous my expectations. They carried out like a championship safety.”
Brees had his fewest yards passing in a major half since changing into a member of the Saints in 2006 with 39, and couldn’t get a potential profitable drive going throughout the final minutes.
In its place, Jourdan Lewis’ interception — merely the third for Brees whereas he turned the NFL’s first with a minimal of 30 TD passes in 10 seasons — gave the Cowboys a possibility to run out the clock from the New Orleans 1 after an interference penalty in the long term zone.
Brees said he was trying to throw the ball away behind pass-catching once more Alvin Kamara, who decrease outdoor merely as Brees threw it and Lewis dove forward, barely conserving the ball off the underside.
“As an offense, we anticipate complementary soccer,” Brees said. “Let’s put collectively a drive. Let’s keep our safety off the sector. Let’s administration the game, administration the clock, administration the ball. Merely in no way felt like we truly did that as an offense like we’ve executed this 12 months.”
The Cowboys spent the fourth quarter trying to protect their three-point lead, with Prescott breaking quite a few tackles on an 11-yard scramble on third-and-10 and Cole Beasley catching a third-down transfer and diving for 5 yards on third-and-5.
Nevertheless Prescott fumbled on his season-high seventh sack with Dallas in place for no less than a self-discipline goal, giving Brees one different chance from his 15 with better than two minutes remaining.
Brees’ interception received right here two performs later, then Marshon Lattimore was known as for interference in the direction of Amari Cooper in the long term zone, giving Dallas a major down on the 1 with 1:58 remaining.
The Cowboys had merely adequate time to complete the game, with the play clock matching the game clock all the way in which right down to zero after Prescott took a knee for the third time.
Brees was 18 of 28 for 127 yards, actually the second straight recreation and third normal beneath 200 yards for the MVP contender. The working recreation didn’t do lots each, with Kamara getting 36 yards dashing whereas the Saints had 65 as a workforce after averaging 177 the sooner four video video games.
The one touchdown drive for the Saints was aided by three first downs on Dallas penalties. The biggest was Randy Gregory’s roughing-the-punter penalty on Thomas Morstead.
Two performs later, Brees dropped a deep throw to a backpedaling Keith Kirkwood in the long term zone for a 30-yard ranking to get New Orleans inside 13-10.
Prescott had 194 of his 248 yards passing whereas serving to the Cowboys to a 13-Zero halftime lead — the first scoreless first half for the Saints since 2014, moreover in the direction of the Cowboys, and their first deficit in 5 video video games.
Elliott had 136 scrimmage yards with 76 dashing and 60 receiving on six catches.
MATCHING ZEKE, RAISING HIM $2
After forcing and recovering a fumble by Cooper throughout the first half , Lattimore ran to one in all many huge pink Salvation Army kettles behind an end zone, pulled $23 out of his uniform and dropped it in. Lattimore is No. 23. Inside the Thanksgiving recreation per week earlier, Elliott (No. 21) dropped $21 into the other kettle on the similar end of the sector.
GIL BRANDT IN RING OF HONOR
The Cowboys inducted former director of participant personnel Gil Brandt into the workforce’s ring of honor at halftime. The 85-year-old joins former coach Tom Landry and former frequent supervisor Tex Schramm, every deceased, throughout the 22-person group. These three held their titles for the franchise’s first 29 years sooner than Jerry Jones bought the workforce.
Jones fired Landry immediately, and Schramm resigned decrease than two months later. Jones fired Brandt after the proprietor and customary supervisor’s first draft in 1989. Brandt has been nominated as a contributor for subsequent 12 months’s voting for the Skilled Soccer Hall of Fame.
New Orleans DT David Onyemata had his first two sacks of the season throughout the first half. … Kirkwood’s TD was the second of his occupation, and second in as many weeks. … Cooper had eight catches for 75 yards, and rookie Michael Gallup had 5 for 76, highlighted by a 40-yarder to rearrange the first of Brett Maher’s two self-discipline targets.