First quarter

SAINTS: Mark Ingram 9 run at 10:25 (Garrett Hartley kick). DRIVE: 10 plays, 80 yards, 10:25. KEY PLAYS: Drew Brees 15-yard pass to Marques Colston on third-and-7 from the Saints’ 23. Pierre Thomas 13-yard catch and run on third-and-3 at the Cowboys’ 43. Facemask penalty on Cowboys’ Anthony Spencer against Brees puts ball on Dallas 9. SAINTS 7, COWBOYS 0.

Second quarter

COWBOYS: Dez Bryant 58 pass from Tony Romo at 12:47 (Dan Bailey kick). DRIVE: 3-74-1:28. KEY PLAY: Romo 10-yard pass to Bryant to the Cowboys’ 42. COWBOYS 7, SAINTS 7.

COWBOYS: Bryant 58 pass from Romo at 5:43 (Bailey kick). DRIVE: 5-75-3:23. KEY PLAY: Romo 12-yard pass to Jason Witten on third-and-9 at the Cowboys’ 26. COWBOYS 14, SAINTS 7.

SAINTS: Lance Moore 6 pass from Brees at 1:11 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 12-90-4:32. KEY PLAYS: Brees 21-yard pass to Colston to start the drive. Darren Sproles 11-yard run to Saints’ 42. Neutral zone infraction on Cowboys’ Spencer on fourth-and-1 at Cowboys’ 23 keeps drive alive. SAINTS 14, COWBOYS 14.

SAINTS: Hartley 37 field goal at 0:00. DRIVE: 5-51-0:47. KEY PLAY: Brees 44-yard pass to Sproles on first play of drive to Cowboys’ 26. SAINTS 17, COWBOYS 14.

Third quarter

COWBOYS: Bailey 47 field goal at 10:26. DRIVE: 9-47-4:34. KEY PLAYS: Romo 16-yard pass to Miles Austin. Romo 12-yard pass to Kevin Ogletree to Saints’ 43. COWBOYS 17, SAINTS 17.

SAINTS: Pierre Thomas 5 pass from Brees at 4:03 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 3-5-0:14. KEY PLAY: Drive set up on Curtis Lofton’s forced fumble on run by DeMarco Murray and Lofton also recovers at Cowboys’ 5. SAINTS 24, COWBOYS 17.

Fourth quarter

SAINTS: David Thomas 3 pass from Brees at 11:10 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 10-98-4:53. KEY PLAYS: Pierre Thomas 6-yard run on third-and-2 from Saints’ 10. Brees 16-yard pass to Jimmy Graham on third-and-7 at New Orleans’ 19. Colston 60-yard catch and run to Cowboys’ on third-and-8. SAINTS 31, COWBOYS 17.

COWBOYS: Dwayne Harris 16 pass from Romo at 3:35 (Bailey kick). DRIVE: 5-80-1:10. KEY PLAYS: Bryant 41-yard reception from Romo to the Saints’ 31. Murray 15-yard catch to the Saints’ 16. SAINTS 31, COWBOYS 24.

COWBOYS: Austin 19 pass from Romo at 0:15 (Bailey kick). DRIVE: 7-64-1:14. KEY PLAYS: Drive begins at Cowboys’ 36 after 28-yard punt return by Harris. Romo 22-yard pass to Murray to Saints’ 42. Witten 19-yard reception to Saints’ 19. COWBOYS 31, SAINTS 31.


SAINTS: Hartley 20 field goal at 10:33. DRIVE: 7-72-3:00. KEY PLAYS: Brees 26-yard pass to Graham to Cowboys’ 48 to start the drive. Brees’ 7-yard pass to Graham on third-and-3 to Dallas’ 34. Graham recovers fumble by Colston at Cowboys’ 2 to set up the game-winning field goal. SAINTS 34, COWBOYS 31.

FINAL SCORE:Saints 34, Cowboys 31

RECORDS: Saints 7-8, Cowboys 8-7


Sheldon Mickles