Brees, Saints steal one from Cowboys
Dallas fumble sets up late touchdown
ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees was a young Dallas Cowboys fan cheering on Jason Garrett during his amazing comeback victory on Thanksgiving Day 1994. With Garrett and the Cowboys on the verge of another holiday stunner, Brees and the New Orleans Saints snatched it away.
Brees and the Saints blew a 17-point lead, went back ahead following a quick, long drive with 1:55 left, and held on for a 30-27 victory yesterday when the Cowboys’ David Buehler narrowly missed a 59-yard field goal.
The Saints won their fourth straight and fifth in six games to improve to 8-3. The Cowboys (3-8) lost for the first time in three games since Garrett became interim coach.
Sixteen years ago, Garrett was a third-string quarterback making a rare start in place of Troy Aikman when the Cowboys fell behind Brett Favre and the Packers, 17-3. Garrett rallied them to a 42-31 win that was among the most stirring in team lore. This one would’ve been good, too.
Dallas trailed, 17-0, after the first three times New Orleans had the ball. The Saints also were up, 20-3, just before halftime.
Then, Buehler made a career-best 53-yarder as the second quarter ended — and the rally was on. Dallas scored on four straight possessions to get close, then went ahead, 27-23, on Tashard Choice’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:51 left.
The Cowboys were on their way to stretching the lead when Roy Williams broke free with a catch toward the end zone. Safety Malcolm Jenkins raced over and stripped the ball at the 11, and Brees took it from there. On the winning drive, he hit Robert Meachem for 55 yards and Lance Moore on a 12-yard TD.