Terence Newman takes some blame

November, 25, 2010
11/25/10
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- In a game that had 137 offensive plays, you can point to any number of things that helped decide it.

As the Saints were driving for a winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees threw a deep pass, on a go route, to Robert Meachem that was completed for 55 yards.

The Saints were faced with a third-and-10 from their own 33 when Brees completed the deep ball on cornerback Terence Newman.

"Saving the best for last," Brees said. "We got the right look and he was ready for it. That's where speed helps because if you watch that on film, like I was able to see it, he goes speeding right by Terence Newman, and Newman is a fast corner who plays and has pretty good technique. But Meachem just got by and makes a huge play on third-and-10, and that gives us another opportunity to score."

Meachem had some space on Newman as he ran down the Cowboys sideline and was able to catch the pass in stride. Newman made an ankle tackle to save a potential touchdown.

"I didn’t even see it," Newman said. "It was a throw. They caught it and it is what it is. It’s a blur. All I remember is tackling him."

The next play, the Saints took the lead when Brees connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore with 1:55 to play.

Roy Williams said he took responsibility for the loss because he fumbled as he was running toward the end zone as the Cowboys were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.

The Saints took advantage of the turnover and scored the go-ahead score. But when told that Williams took the blame, Newman said it wasn't fair.

"No, I’ve had some plays in there too, especially the long play," Newman said. "I mean, I can take as much blame as he can. For him to put it on him, I say put it on me. Knowing the situation, I got to make a play. There you have it."
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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