It wasn’t pretty, but the New Orleans Saints got their first win of the 2015 season.
Thanks to a methodical drive by Drew Brees, the Saints snuck out of the Superdome with a 26-20 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Drew Brees threw his 400th touchdown pass, an 80-yard bomb to running back C.J. Spiller. It was an emotional win for the Saints, and a great win for football fans everywhere.
Dan Bailey knocked a 30-yard field goal through the uprights to give the Cowboys an early 3-0 lead, but Drew Brees stormed back with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill. That was his only other passing touchdown on the night. Brees ended the night with 359 yards passing.
Joseph Randle, filling in wonderfully for recently departed DeMarco Murray, had a 1-yard rushing touchdown to end the half with a 10-7 Cowboys lead.
The third quarter meanwhile started with Saints kicker Zach Hocker drilling a 51-yard field goal to tie it at 10. The two sides traded field goals with Bailey hitting one from 38-yards and Hocker hitting one from 29. Then came a wild fourth quarter.
Khiry Robinson had a one-yard rushing touchdown to give the Saints a 20-13 lead, but the Cowboys responded late in the fourth with a touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Terrance Williams for 17-yards to tie the game up again. Weeden had 246 yards passing in that game. Not bad considering that he’s Tony Romo’s replacement.
Thankfully for Hocker, he didn’t cost the Saints the game with his missed field goal.
The Saints had a golden opportunity to win the game on a chip-shot field goal towards the end of regulation, but Hocker shanked the field goal off the uprights and the Cowboys were given new life headed to Overtime.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys though it wasn’t meant to be. They fall to 2-2 and move into a three-way tie for the division with the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. It’s still anyone’s division.
The Saints still have some ground to make up, but being 1-3 is better than being 0-4. They are three games behind the 4-0 Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.