NFL Nation: 2010 Saints-Cowboys rapid reaction

Rapid Reaction: Saints 30, Cowboys 27

November, 25, 2010
11/25/10
8:31
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ARLINGTON -- One of the best Thanksgiving Day games in Cowboys history ended when kicker David Buehler was wide left on a 59-yard field goal try with 25 seconds left. The Cowboys' two-game win streak ended with a 30-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday evening. It was the first loss of the Jason Garrett era.

What it means: The Cowboys are playing hard for the interim coach. With this team playing well, it gives owner Jerry Jones more confidence to give Garrett the job full time in 2011.

Roy E. Williams' fumble sets up wining score: The Cowboys had taken a 27-23 lead in the fourth quarter and were on the verge of trying to close out the game. On a third and six from the 42, Jon Kitna found Williams with a long pass play and Williams fumbled as he was tackled. Malcolm Jenkins forced the fumble at the Saints' 11 with 3:03 left. The Saints used the turnover to score. Drew Brees connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore to push the score to 30-27.

Dez Bryant has issues: The rookie receiver finished with zero catches. But it was his inability to know what to do several times down the stretch that gives the Cowboys pause. At least twice, Kinta yelled at Bryant after there appeared to be miscommunication on pass plays. The Cowboys have to fix this quick.

Cowboys defense plays well in second half: After giving up 20 first-half points, the Dallas defense shut the Saints down in the second half, with the exception of the frantic final drive of the game for the visitors. Gerald Sensabaugh had a interception, Jay Ratliff a key third-down sack, Terence Newman had some pass breakups. The Cowboys don't blitz much, and play more zone than before, but it's been effective the past three weeks.

What's next: The Cowboys will take the weekend off. They visit the Colts next Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 30, Cowboys 27

November, 25, 2010
11/25/10
8:07
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- I'm heading downstairs for interviews and will be back with more later. But, first, a quick Rapid Reaction on New Orleans' 30-27 victory against Dallas.

What it means: In one of the craziest games in a franchise with a history of craziness, the Saints came out on top. They led by as much as 17 points and fell behind in the fourth quarter before coming back to win. This puts them at 8-3, a half game behind the Atlanta Falcons who face Green Bay on Sunday. The Falcons lead the NFC South with an 8-2 record.

Heroes: Malcolm Jenkins, Drew Brees and Lance Moore. Jenkins stripped a ball away from Roy Williams as the Cowboys were on the verge of putting the game away. Brees and Moore hooked up on a 12-yard touchdown pass after the Saints drove down the field following Williams' fumble.

Near goats: Reggie Bush, Devery Henderson and Jimmy Graham. Bush, making his return after sitting out games with a broken leg, dropped two passes and lost a fumble on a punt return to give Dallas a touchdown. Graham was unable to hold onto two catchable balls and was called for being offsides on a fourth-quarter punt. Henderson dropped a perfect deep pass from Brees as the Saints were trying to come back late in the game.

What's next: The Saints travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals next Sunday.

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