Cowboys vs. Saints Final Score: New Orleans Wins 49-17 as Saints set new NFL Record

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

The New Orleans Saints sealed the deal against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, winning their seventh game of the 2013 NFL season by a score of 49-17. In the process, they set an NFL record with 40 first downs in one game!

With Sean Payton emphasizing the running game, including using Mark Ingram to great effect, the New Orleans Saints rolled right over the Dallas Cowboys tonight, winning the game 49-17, and scoring an NFL record 40 first downs in the process.  The Saints also set a franchise record tonight, by totaling 625 yards in a regular season game; this was one yard shy of their all-time record of 626 yards against the Lions during the 2011-2012 playoffs.

Mark Ingram was the top rusher for the Saints, finishing the game with 145 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries.  Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles each did well in both the passing game and the rushing game, and each tacked on a touchdown, as well.  Drew Brees, who finished the game with 392 yards and 4 TD's, added a good chunk (7/8, 107yds, 1TD) towards Marques Colston's impending record, and also used Jimmy Graham (5/5, 26yds) and Kenny Stills (3/4, 75yds, 1TD) quite effectively.

This keeps the Saints one game ahead of the Carolina Panthers, who beat the San Francisco 49ers earlier today.  Hopefully the Saints will be able to put on a similarly impressive performance when those same 49ers come to the Superdome next weekend.

Top Performers

DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
T. Romo 10/24 128 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Murray 16 89 1 35
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Hanna 3 11 0 7
J. Witten 2 27 0 19
D. Bryant 1 44 0 44
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 34/41 392 4 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 14 145 1 34
P. Thomas 17 87 1 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Colston 7 107 1 22T
D. Sproles 7 76 1 28T
P. Thomas 7 24 1 8


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