Cowboys Fall In Season Finale

Quincy Carter threw three interceptions, including one in the closing minutes after a slip from WR Terry Glenn, as the Cowboys fell to the New Orleans Saints (8-8), 13-7, in their regular season finale Sunday at the Superdome.

The loss did not effect the playoff hopes of the Cowboys, who clinched a post-season berth last week against New York.

The Saints took the opening kickoff 59 yards in a drive that totaled almost eight minutes, culminating with a 24-yard John Carney field goal to put New Orleans ahead, 3-0.

Almost midway through the second quarter, Carter found Richie Anderson on a 3-yard touchdown catch to give Dallas and their first and only lead of the day, at 7-3.

The lead would be very short-lived, however, as QB Aaron Brooks and the Saints went 76 yards on one play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive.

Brooks hit WR Dante Stallworth on a 26-yard catch at midfield and Stallworth proceeded to race 50 yards for a touchdown after safety Darren Woodson's shoulder-tackling technique failed. All in all, it took the Saints 27 seconds to re-take the lead at 10-7.

Carney would tack on another field goal on the Saints' first drive of the second half, this time from 27 yards out.

Carter and the Cowboys offense would continue to struggle, as the Saints' defense shut down the Dallas ground attack and forced them to abandon the run. Tailback Troy Hambrick was limited to just 26 yards on 11 carries, while FB Richie Anderson was also limited to 26 yards, on six carries.

With less than two minutes to go and Dallas driving, Carter was intercepted by Jay Bellamy to secure the win for New Orleans after the afformentioned Glenn slipped on a crossing pattern across the middle.

Carter finished the day 27-for-47 for 292 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Meanwhile, his counterpart Brooks threw for 15-of-32 passing for 243 yards and one touchdown.

NOTES: With the loss, the Cowboys finished the season 10-6, the same regular season mark as they did in 1998 and 1996 when they made the playoffs. With the loss and the Seattle Seahawks' win yesterday, the Seahawks sneaked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs, dropping the Cowboys to No. 6. That puts the pressure on both Minnesota and Green Bay, who must win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, and likely forces the Cowboys to go on the road to NFC South Champion Carolina next week. The SSD staff will provide playoff scenario updates as they become available.

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