ARLINGTON, Texas – Drew Brees and the historic New Orleans Saints offense plummeted Thursday night when their 10-win winning streak was snapped up by the Dallas Cowboys in a 13-10 racket match.
Dallas holds the saint's explosive offense against 176 yards in her fourth win in a row with a statement victory.
Forget about Jerry World. This was more like "Bizarro World".
Brees, who has one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history, completed only 1
And the Saints, who averaged 37.2 points per game NFL, scored only 176 total points while falling to 10-2 in the season – a half-game behind the Los Angeles Rams in a close match NFC race.
"I felt we did not really find a rhythm throughout the game," said Brees, whose 127 passing yards were the second-smallest in a full game in 13 years with the Saints. "I think maybe we had a decent drive …" So, thank you. "
Brees said he does not believe the Saints lost focus when they came into play.
" No "That was a big game, it was the main game of the season because it was a big game was, "Brees said. "We just came out and did not play with pace and rhythm, I think we're used to it." Quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after the Saints were held goalless in the first half of Thursday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth
The Cowboys meanwhile won their fourth consecutive game, reaching the 7: 5 season by abusing the Saints all night (when Cowboys defensive ended ). Try earlier this week.)
Brees began the game "0-for-4" for the first time in his 18-year career. And it never got better. The Saints' only touchdown took place on a ride when the cowboys were rated 41 penalties, including smoking their opponent.
[The Cowboys] played a damn game that deserved to win the game "We as coaches, the plan goes up," said coach Sean Payton. "We'll see a lot of tape and regret some pieces, but before we get involved in anything, you really have to put the hat in the way they played."
Brees was dismissed twice on Thursday, having been dismissed twice in the past six years altogether. His interception (by Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis) was particularly uncharacteristic – thrown after he had run back to Alvin Kamara, while the saints were left deep in their own territory. The cowboys could kneel the clock to seal the game.
The Saints won only 59 yards in the first half, while they were suspended 13-0 – and their 176 yards were the least since the 2001 season. They had a series of 71 games without a lockout in the first half the first half, which also ended.
The Saints have been particularly hot over the past four weeks, averaging 44 points per game before flopping in Big D on Thursday
This was the second longest streak of victory in Saints' history – and the other, as they did 2009 started with 13: 0, was accidentally caught by the cowboys. The Saints returned to win the single Super Bowl in franchise history this season.
"S —, we were well on the way, you know, and we just have to go back to the drawing board." back Mark Ingram said. "… [The Cowboys] just played hard, they did a good job, we did not do enough."
Ingram said it was about making sure that a match like Thursday's is not repeated.
"I'm not worried, we'll be fine," said Ingram. "We still have the same playmakers, we're good, we just have to fix it, we have not done enough today, we just have to make sure it never happens again."