Aside from a brief second half scare, the Dallas Cowboys cruised by the visiting New Orleans Saints on Sunday night in Arlington, 38-17.
The tone was set early. Dallas took the opening possession of the game and drove 80 yards in 12 plays, with Tony Romo hitting Terrance Williams on a six-yard pass to open up the scoring, 7-0. Romo had his most impressive game of the season on Sunday night, finishing 22 of 29 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second quarter, following a rare miss from New Orleans’ kicker Shayne Graham, Dallas kicker Dan Bailey hit a 51-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-0. But the Cowboys weren’t done.
After an interception by Justin Durant, DeMarco Murray took a 15-yard run to paydirt on just the second play of Dallas’s ensuing drive to make it 17-0, Cowboys. Murray finished with 149 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He has started the season with four consecutive 100-plus-yard rushing games, and he’s had a touchdown in each of those.
Williams caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 23-yarder, with just 19 seconds left in the first half to extend the Dallas lead to 31-3.
Graham hit a 30-yard field goal on their first possession of the second half, but the Cowboys answered with a 76-yard drive, capped with Murray’s second touchdown run of the day.
That’s when it got scary for Cowboys fans.
After the fourth quarter began, Josh Hill and Jimmy Graham caught touchdown passes from Drew Brees on consecutive drives to make it a two-possession game at 31-17. Brees had a nice night statistically, with 340 yards, two touchdowns and the interception.
But after an exchange of punts, the Cowboys more or less sealed the victory with a 39-yard drive, capped by a touchdown pass from Romo to Dez Bryant.
At 38-17, the game was truly ended on the Saints’ ensuing drive, when running back Travaris Cadet fumbled and Dallas cornerback Sterling Moore recovered.
With the 38-17 win and at 3-1, the Cowboys will host the Texans at AT&T Stadium next week.
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