ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Cowboys defense stopped the Saints powerful offense in the first 30 minutes of their game Thursday night and lead 13-0 at halftime.
They hung on to shock the now 10-2 Saints, 13-10.
The Cowboys are now 7-5 and alone in first place in the NFC East. Dallas has won four games in a row. The Saints 10-game winning streak is over.
On the opening drive, Dak Prescott hit Michael Gallup down the sideline for 40 yards to the six yard line.
The drive stalled out and the Cowboys settled for a 26-yard field goal by Brett Maher.
Prescott cut his hand on the opening drive while attempting a pass. Trainers treated him on the sideline.
On the Saints opening drive, Drew Brees and the offense went three and out, without gaining a yard.
Late in the first quarter, Prescott connected with Ezekiel Elliott for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Amari Cooper lost the ball after a catch and the Saints recovered the fumble.
The Saints drove down to the Cowboys 2-yard line, where they went for it on 4th and 2 and the Dallas defense kept them out of the end zone.
The Cowboys drove down the field for a Brett Maher 46-yard field goal to give Dallas a 13-0 lead at the half.
The Saints drove for a 33-yard field goal on their first possession of the second half to make the score 13-3 Cowboys.
A roughing the punter penalty on the Cowboys’ Randy Gregory, kept a drive alive for the Saints that ended in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Keith Kirkwood. The Saints trailed 13-10.
With less than three minutes to go in the game, a more than six-minute long Cowboys drive ended in a Dak Prescott fumble in the red zone.
The Saints took over with 2:35 to go in the game.
But the Cowboys put it away when Jordan Lewis made his first career interception with 2:08 to go in the game.
Final score: Cowboys 13 – Saints 10.