Brandon Weeden drove the Cowboys 74 yards and faced a fourth-and-7 from the Saints 17. A goat from last week's 39-28 loss to the Falcons, Weeden found fellow last-week-goat Terrance Williams for a diving touchdown grab that the booth upheld. Even after New Orleans head coach Sean Payton iced Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey with his final timeout on a 33-yard point-after. The plan backfired as the fifth-year clutch kicker from Oklahoma State tied the game up at 20-20.
With no timeouts, quarterback Drew Brees marched the Saints 68 yards down the field for a 30-yard Zach Hocker field goal try to win the game. The former Arkansas kicker had been good on his two point-after attempts and also a 29-yarder. But Hocker choked as the kick hit the left upright and doinked out onto the end zone for a failed try. The Cowboys took a knee and went into overtime.
New Orleans won the toss when Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called tails. Naturally, New Orleans took the ball first and looked to drive the field. A field goal would give Dallas a shot to either tie it up at 23 or score a touchdown to win the game. A Saints touchdown outright would win the game.
On a night that saw more Cowboys injuries than Carter has pills, the second-straight game without a Dallas takeaway, more illegal touching than by a 1950's summer camp counselor, Weeden and Williams saving the day, Brees got the Saints their first win of the year on an 80-yard touchdown to running back C.J. Spiller. The reserve running back beat confused rookie linebacker Damien Wilson on a wheel-route and streaked down the right sideline for the win.
Injuries sliced through the Cowboys tonight like a scythe through wheat at harvest. Linebacker Sean Lee was taken into the locker room late in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Running back Lance Dunbar twisted his left knee (the same one he tore the PCL in on Thanksgiving 2013) on a kickoff return and was carted off the field. Receiver Brice Butler hurt his hamstring on a 67-yard catch that gave the Cowboys life.
Weeden finished the game going 16/26 for 246 yards and a touchdown. Running back Joseph Randle had the most carries of the running back committee with 11 for 26 yards, but Dunbar had the most yards with 54 on three carries. Darren McFadden carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards, and Christine Michael took his much-anticipated initial carry for a loss of a yard on a third-and-1 with 6:37 in the fourth quarter.
Receiver Cole Beasley caught six balls for 62 yards, but Butler's 67-yard catch led all receivers in yardage for the evening. Tight end Jason Witten caught four passes for 57 yards, and Williams finished the night with three passes for 49 yards and the only receiving touchdown.
Dallas got on the board early with a 30-yard Bailey field goal to take a 3-0 lead. The Cowboys have scored on 3/4 of their initial drives this season.
The Saints responded on their impending drive with Brees finding tight end Josh Hill in the back left corner of the end zone to put the Saints ahead 7-3 after a Hocker point-after.
Dallas got a lucky break on the ensuing drive. Randle appeared to fumble the ball on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but Replay Assistant determined Randle had extended the ball past the plane of the end zone to lead the Cowboys to a 10-7 lead after Bailey's extra point.
Hocker booted a 51-yard field goal through to make it 10-10. The field goal was set up when Cowboys linebacker Andrew Gachkar cost Dallas a 12th-man penalty on fourth-and-10 from their own 38-yard line. The Saints took the penalty and then sent Hocker out to try the field goal with 11:24 in the third quarter.
Bailey kicked another successful 38-yard field goal to give Dallas a 13-10 lead with 8:25 to go in the third quarter.
The Saints responded with a 13-play drive that ended with Hocker kicking a 29-yard field goal to tie the game with 1:30 in the third quarter.
With 8:02 to go in the fourth quarter, running back Khiry Robinson rushed for a one-yard touchdown to put the Saints ahead 20-13 after a Hocker extra piont.
Williams caught a 17-yard touchdown from Weeden with 1:56 left to play, and Bailey's extra point tied the game at 20-20.
Only three seconds went by in the overtime period as Brees connected with Spiller for the 80-yard touchdown to end the game.
*The Cowboys are now 63-65-1 in their road blue jerseys. The last time they lost in their road blues in New Orleans was Oct. 17, 1971. The quarterback was Archie Manning.
*Dallas will now start 2-2 for the fourth time in the Jason Garrett era.
*The Cowboys are now on a two-game overtime losing streak.
*This is the first time since Weeks 13-14 of 2010 with the Chicago Bears that a Rod Marinelli defense has failed to force a turnover in two-straight games.
*Despite being on a two-game losing skid, the Cowboys are still atop their division though New York and Washington share 2-2 records with Dallas. The Cowbosy are 2-0 in the division while their other 2-2 NFC East foes are 1-1 in the division.