The Dallas Cowboys found themselves behind early--very early, and find themselves down 20-6 at half, and looking every bit the team we saw toward the end of the Wade Phillips era.
Set up by a 59-yard pass from Drew Brees to Devery Henderson, the Saints got on the board less than two minutes into the first quarter on a three-yard run by rookie Chris Ivory. They would go on to score on each of their first three drives.
On the ensuing Dallas possession, quarterback Jon Kitna was intercepted by Will Smith, giving the Saints a short field. Due in great part to DeMarcus Ware’s sack of Brees on first down, though, the Saints were only able to extend their lead by three, on Dallas native Garrett Hartley’s 50-yard field goal.
New Orleans extended their lead to 17 with Ivory’s second touchdown run of the day, this time a six-yarder.
The second quarter’s offense was limited to the kickers. David Buehler’s second quarter, 21-yard field goal drew the deficit to 14, but Hartley hit on a 45 yard attempt later in the quarter to extend the New Orleans lead once again. With time running out on the half, Buehler responded with a career-high, 53 yard field goal to once again bring Dallas to within two touchdowns.
At half, New Orleans leads Dallas, 20-6.
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