ARLINGTON, Texas —New Orleans Saints fans nervous about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones firing coach Jason Garrett and possibly pursuing Saints coach Sean Payton, whose contract status is uncertain, were able to breathe a little easier after the Saints’ 34-31 overtime win Sunday.
On Sunday morning, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported Garrett will remain the Cowboys’ coach for 2013 regardless of what happened the final two weeks of the season.
“I didn’t hear that and have not even thought about anything different than Jason being our coach,” Jones said after the game. “I know that I shared with nobody living anything other than Jason Garrett. But seriously, to be real serious about it, I have no thoughts about making a coaching change.”
After hanging on by a thread for two weeks, the Saints were officially eliminated from playoff contention when the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans before the Saints defeated the Cowboys.
“We knew a lot of things had to happen, and we were just worrying about the things we could control,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “What could have been worse was if Minnesota had lost and we had lost.
“Instead, we both win, and we’re still happy because we accomplished what we set out to accomplish for this week.”
Colston gets 1,000
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston reached the 1,000-yard mark in receiving for the sixth time in his seven seasons with a 21-yard reception from Brees in the second quarter.
Colston had 153 yards on 10 catches against the Cowboys, giving him 1,102 yards for the season. The only time he didn’t get 1,000 was in 2008, when he had 760 yards after missing five games with injuries.
Colston’s 10 receptions on Sunday gave him 527 for his career, moving him ahead of Joe Horn’s 523 for second place on the club’s all-time list.
Colston will have a chance to break the club mark of 532 catches set by Eric Martin from 1985-93 in the season finale Sunday against Carolina.
After becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,500 yards in three straight seasons in the first half, Brees, who now has 4,781 yards for the season, moved up another spot on the NFL’s all-time list for completions.
He had 37 completions Sunday and with 4,025 moved ahead of Warren Moon (3,988) for fifth place.
The Saints inactives were FB Jed Collins (knee/toe), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), LB Scott Shanle, DE Turk McBride, DT Tyrunn Walker, G Ricky Henry and WR Saalim Hakim.
Saints CB Jabari Greer suffered a concussion in the second half and did not return.
For the Cowboys, LB Ernie Sims left in the second quarter with dizziness and did not return. LB DeMarcus Ware didn’t return after leaving in the third period with a shoulder strain.
Saints punter Thomas Morstead, who played at SMU, averaged 52.6 yards on six kicks to push his average to 50.5 for the season. … Three of the Saints’ four TD drives went for 80 yards or more, giving them 27 this season. … The Saints are 1-1 in overtime this season and are 10-12 in regular-season overtime games all-time.