Perhaps the bad news for Dallas came last week when New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced he would probably play Sunday.
Brees, who sat out last week’s game with a bruised rotator cuff, continued his brilliance against the Cowboys. He improved to 5-2 against Dallas as quarterback of the Saints with yet another big performance.
Brees finished 33-of-41 passing for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner that sent the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome into a frenzy.
His 80-yard strike to C.J. Spiller gave the Saints their first win of the season — 26-20 over the injury-plagued Cowboys.
It was the 400th career touchdown pass for Brees, putting him in an exclusive club with Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.
Sunday’s game also added yet another chapter to Brees’ success against the Cowboys. He threw for five touchdowns against Dallas in his first season with the Saints in 2006, and threw for 446 yards in a 2012 victory.
In seven starts against Dallas, he has 18 touchdown passes and is averaging 367.3 yards per game.
Saints coach Sean Payton was pleased with the return of Brees, who had never missed a game due to injury before last week.
“There will be some throws he looks at and is frustrated with,” Payton said. “Early on, he got hit too much for my liking ... but he did a good job.”
Brees’ first touchdown of the game was his 5,000th completion, making him just the third quarterback to reach that mark. Favre and Manning are the others.
A win is a win
Sunday’s win snapped a six-game home losing streak for the Saints.
“It’s good to get a win,” Payton said. “It’s that simple.”
The Saints’ last home victory was Oct. 26 when they defeated Green Bay.