Cowboys have slayed unbeatens before

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo had a reminder for the Valley Ranch media horde: It hasn't been long since the Dallas Cowboys handed a team its first loss relatively late in the season.

"We did it a few years back against Indianapolis," Romo said.

The Indianapolis Colts rolled into Texas Stadium with an undefeated record on Nov. 19, 2006. They exited with a 21-14 loss after Romo completed 19 of 23 passes in the first home start of his career.

Romo offered the reminder when asked whether it would feel good to hand the Saints their first loss. (Radio guys tend to ask obvious questions.)

As Romo said, the Cowboys don't need the opponents' record to be a source of motivation while they fight for a playoff spot.

"It’ll feel good, but not, I don't think, for any big reason about them," Romo said. "Just because we need a win and because it's an important football game."