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Saints Lead Cowboys 17-14 After First Half

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The Saints dominated the first quarter. Then Garrett Hartley missed a field goal and the Cowboys realized Patrick Robinson sucks.

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The Saints take a three point lead into the second half of their game against the Dallas Cowboys, thanks to a late first half field goal by kicker Garrett Hartley.

It was complete domination by New Orleans for the entire first quarter in Dallas with 11 first downs, 12:03 in time of possession, 154 total yards and a perfect 4/4 on 3rd down conversions.

And then Garrett Hartley missed a chip shot field goal while the Cowboys remembered Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson sucks, hitting Dez Bryant for two separate 58-yard touchdown strikes in the second quarter.

The second quarter was all Cowboys following the momentum shift. But the Saints were able to score 10 points in the final minute of play, thanks to a gutsy decision to go for it on 4th down close to the red zone.

Mark Ingram and Lance Moore have the two Saints touchdowns.

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Team Stats

NO DAL
First Downs 20 6
Total Yards 317 191
Passing Yards 261 168
Rushing Yards 56 23
Penalties (Yds) 5(37) 3(24)
Turnovers 0 0
Punts (AVG) 1(52) 2(43)
Time of Pos. 21:48 8:12

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 22/30 261 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 12 38 1 9T
D. Sproles 4 18 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sproles 6 94 0 44
M. Colston 6 69 0 21
P. Thomas 5 54 0 16
DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
T. Romo 9/12 176 2 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Murray 4 23 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Bryant 5 145 2 58T
J. Witten 2 19 0 12
M. Austin 1 7 0 7