ARLINGTON, Texas – The New Orleans Saints’ 10-game winning streak came to an end Thursday night at AT&T Stadium as the Dallas Cowboys won 13-10.
The streak was the second longest in Saints history. The longest, 13 games in 2009, also was ended by the Cowboys.
The Saints are 10-2 and trail the Los Angeles Rams (10-1) in the loss column in the race for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. New Orleans is still in firm command of the NFC South and can clinch a playoff spot with a Carolina loss Sunday. The Panthers (6-5) play at Tampa (4-7). The Rams are at the Detroit Lions (4-7) on Sunday.
After trailing the entire game, the Saints defense delivered a big play with 2:35 to play, restoring the possibility of a comeback.
The Cowboys took control of the game in the first half, taking a 13-0 halftime lead and dominating in every statistical category.
The Saints offense fared a little better in the second half, scoring on a a 33-yard field goal by Wil Lutz and on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Keith Kirkwood. But they were shut out in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys scored on a 26-yard Brett Maher field goal on their first possession and on a 16-yard screen pass from Prescott to Ezekiel Elliott on their second possession. The Saints opened with two three-and-outs and then punted on their third possession after making one first down. Brees started 0 for 4. According to the Fox broadcast, it was the first time Brees ever started a game 0 for 4.
The Saints gained a bit of momentum when cornerback Marshon Lattimore recovered a fumble by Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper with 12:53 left in the second quarter. New Orleans drove to the Dallas 1-yard line but Alvin Kamara was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-goal.
The Cowboys got their final points on a 46-yard Maher field goal with 51 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Cowboys dominated in time of possession, 36 minutes, 53 seconds to 23:07 and on third down, converting seven of 14 compared to 3 of 11 for New Orleans.
The Saints continue their three-game road swing Sunday, Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay.