The Dallas Cowboys spoke a big game throughout the week in the build to their contest against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, saying how they were going to upset the odds and beat arguably the best team in the NFL right now.
They lived up to that billing as well. The Cowboys defeated the Saints 13-10 with their quarterback, running back, and defense producing some stellar performances, improving their chances of winning the NFC East as well.
Dak Prescott completed 24-of-28 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 23 times for 76 yards, adding six receptions for 60 additional yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys' defense, however, had the best performance of the night.
Not only did the Cowboys' defense limit the Saints' offense to just 10 points on the night, but they also had two sacks and an incredible game-winning interception that was inches away from hitting the turf.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was intercepted by Cowboys' cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who narrowly caught the ball before it made contact with the game.
This play effectively ended the game, as Dallas ran out the clock. Their defense held the Saints to just 176 total yards, the lowest of the Brees-era at New Orleans and the lowest for the Saints in 17 years.
The interception wasn't the only big play by the Cowboys' defense on the night, as they also held Saints' running back Alvin Kamara on a huge goalline stand in the second quarter on a fourth-and-1 play.
Cowboys owner was very pleased with his team's defensive performance, as he said after the game, according to David Helman of DallasCowboys.com: “They played like a championship defense.”
As a result of the win, the Cowboys extend their winning streak to four games and move to a 7-5 record on the season with a stronger hold on the NFC East. The Saints, on the other hand, lose only their second game of the season, moving to a 10-2 record.
Both teams play next a week on Sunday, with the Saints travelling to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers, while the Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles in their third straight home game.