The Dallas Cowboys caused a stir on Thursday, breaking the ten New Orleans Saints games with a 13-10 win.
Dak Prescott completed 24 of 28 passes for 248 yards with a touchdown and no interruptions. He and Ezekiel Elliott got together for 98 yards. Nevertheless, the Cowboys won only three points against a Saints team that broke out most of the night.
This is because the huge win for the Cowboys was also the most chaotic and ugly game of the 2018 season. It's a win for Dallas, but it certainly was not pretty.
The Saints failed to do much in the attack
Drew Brees Never never looks as bad as Thursday night. He was a frontrunner for MVP, but after fighting like the cowboys, his case for the award was a big blow.
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His interception came in the last few minutes and bowed to his shit of a game:
But it was definitely not all due to Bree's fault. The Cowboys Defense Line kept pushing it, even if Dallas only completed two sacks.
Brees also did not have much help from his normally productive onslaught. Alvin Kamara had only 36 yards in eleven attempts and Mark Ingram only seven in seven attempts.
Even Sean Payton was not in his game. He burned his two challenges at the beginning of the game and could only sit and watch when the cowboys got a first down in a game when Cole Beasley's knee was clearly down in front of the line.
Payton said he would not withdraw his early strategy.
Sean Payton said he has not regretted the early challenges.
– Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) November 30, 2018  Then, with one last chance to get the ball back, the Saints inexplicably called for a timeout shortly before the two-minute warning – giving the Cowboys the chance to win the ball Throw a ball. A pass interference penalty then sealed the victory for Dallas.
The Saints' offense hit the night with 37.2 points per game, but it was fortunate to reach 10 on Thursday.
The Cowboys Never Kicked The Door  Dallas held the ball for over 21 minutes in the first half and held Drew Brees only 34 yards, but after only two quarters had a 13-0 lead. The cowboys never scored again.
While the defense brought victory to the cowboys, it happened after the team made every effort to break its slender lead.
Amari Cooper fumbled for the Saints in the first half with a chance to score, and Dak Prescott fumbled twice to bring his season record to a championship leader. Randy Gregory handed New Orleans a free first down, which turned into a touchdown turnover by lining up in the neutral zone.
The Cowboys had many chances to get the game out of reach, and they never did. At the end of the fourth quarter, Dallas had a three-point lead and drove to the Saints 6-yard line, helped by the Saints, who claimed a stupid, harsh penalty in Prescott. But a fumble of Prescott meant that the leadership was not stretched at all.
It was not a bad day for the Cowboys' attacks, but finishing with just 13 points made the win more agonizing than it needed to be.
Officials were also a disaster
It's also hard to be angry with Payton for blowing his challenges when officials made a bad phone call call.
A huge sack that forced Brees to fumble was recalled for Randy Gregory's offsides. The officers said he had started in the neutral zone, but when he did, it was not much. The players have certainly prevailed with worse.
Later in half, Saints Alvin Kamara returned to the locker room to evaluate a concussion after being hit with a helmet on a helmet by Cowboy's linebacker Jaylon Smith.
It looked like the kind of game that would justify a 15 yard penalty, but it was not called, and the saints were forced to puncture.
Not long after, Dak Prescott had nearly torn his helmet off a helmet Saints defender, but no penalty was required for a face mask.
Even the Saints touchdown looked like a missed law enforcement for an offensive passport:
It did not feel like each team was screwed more than the other. It was just a bad night of office, a bad night of misdemeanor, and a much needed victory for the cowboys in an ugly game.