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A goal line ‘stuff’ of legends for Cowboys defense vs. Saints

New Orleans Saints tight end Dan Arnold is tackled by Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath in the first half Thursday night. Dallas led 13-0.
New Orleans Saints tight end Dan Arnold is tackled by Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath in the first half Thursday night. Dallas led 13-0. AP Photo

The Dallas Cowboys defense flexed is muscle early Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

No play exemplified it more than on 4th and goal halfway through the second quarter. The Saints, after failing to punch the ball into the end zone on 3rd and goal from the four-yard line, went for it on 4th and 1.

DeMarcus Lawrence and Jeff Heath teamed up to stop running back Alvin Kamara at the goal line and take over on downs.

The Cowboys led 13-0 at the half. The Saints lead the league averaging more than 37 points a game. It’s the first time New Orleans has been held scoreless in the first half in the past 71 games. The last time was Week 4 in 2014 against the Cowboys.

Dallas held New Orleans to 59 yards and three first downs. Drew Brees started the game 0 for 4 for the first time in his career and is 7 of 13 for 39 yards. That’s the fewest yards passing for Brees in the first half since 2004.

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