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Cowboys stifle Brees, end Saints' 10-game win streak, 13-10

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a first down in a game of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees starting from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the narrowest possible margin.

Anything to keep Drew Brees and the NFL's highest-scoring offense on the sideline.

Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Dallas touchdown on a 16-yard screen pass and the Cowboys stifled Brees and the Saints, ending New Orleans' 10-game winning streak with a 13-10 victory Thursday night.

The Cowboys (7-5) won their fourth consecutive game and assured they will at least remain tied for the NFC East lead.

The Saints (10-2) were shut out in the first half, had their fewest points in three years and finished with a season-low 176 yards. They missed a chance to perfectly match Dallas from two years ago, when then-rookie sensations Elliott and Prescott won 11 straight after dropping the opener.

''Everybody knew it. We had to keep the ball away from Brees,'' Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. ''We needed to play this kind of game. I must tell you, the defense played beyond my expectations. They played like a championship defense.''

Brees had his fewest yards passing in a first half since joining the Saints in 2006 with 39, and couldn't get a potential winning drive going in the final minutes.

Instead, Jourdan Lewis' interception - just the third for Brees while he became the NFL's first with at least 30 TD passes in 10 seasons - gave the Cowboys a chance to run out the clock from the New Orleans 1 after an interference penalty in the end zone.

Brees said he was trying to throw the ball away behind pass-catching back Alvin Kamara, who cut outside just as Brees threw it and Lewis dove forward, barely keeping the ball off the ground.

''As an offense, we think complementary football,'' Brees said. ''Let's put together a drive. Let's keep our defense off the field. Let's control the game, control the clock, control the ball. Just never felt like we really did that as an offense like we've done this year.''

The Cowboys spent the fourth quarter trying to protect their three-point lead, with Prescott breaking several tackles on an 11-yard scramble on third-and-10 and Cole Beasley catching a third-down pass and diving for 5 yards on third-and-5.

But Prescott fumbled on his season-high seventh sack with Dallas in position for at least a field goal, giving Brees another chance from his 15 with more than two minutes remaining.

Brees' interception came two plays later, then Marshon Lattimore was called for interference against Amari Cooper in the end zone, giving Dallas a first down at the 1 with 1:58 remaining.

The Cowboys had just enough time to end the game, with the play clock matching the game clock down to zero after Prescott took a knee for the third time.

Brees was 18 of 28 for 127 yards, actually the second straight game and third overall under 200 yards for the MVP contender. The running game didn't do much either, with Kamara getting 36 yards rushing while the Saints had 65 as a team after averaging 177 the previous four games.

The only touchdown drive for the Saints was aided by three first downs on Dallas penalties. The biggest was Randy Gregory's roughing-the-punter penalty on Thomas Morstead.

Two plays later, Brees dropped a deep throw to a backpedaling Keith Kirkwood in the end zone for a 30-yard score to get New Orleans within 13-10.

Prescott had 194 of his 248 yards passing while helping the Cowboys to a 13-0 halftime lead - the first scoreless first half for the Saints since 2014, also against the Cowboys, and their first deficit in five games.

Elliott had 136 scrimmage yards with 76 rushing and 60 receiving on six catches.

MATCHING ZEKE, RAISING HIM $2

After forcing and recovering a fumble by Cooper in the first half , Lattimore ran to one of the giant red Salvation Army kettles behind an end zone, pulled $23 out of his uniform and dropped it in. Lattimore is No. 23. In the Thanksgiving game a week earlier, Elliott (No. 21) dropped $21 into the other kettle on the same end of the field.

GIL BRANDT IN RING OF HONOR

The Cowboys inducted former director of player personnel Gil Brandt into the team's ring of honor at halftime. The 85-year-old joins former coach Tom Landry and former general manager Tex Schramm, both deceased, in the 22-person group. Those three held their titles for the franchise's first 29 years before Jerry Jones bought the team.

Jones fired Landry immediately, and Schramm resigned less than two months later. Jones fired Brandt after the owner and general manager's first draft in 1989. Brandt has been nominated as a contributor for next year's voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

THIS AND THAT

New Orleans DT David Onyemata had his first two sacks of the season in the first half. ... Kirkwood's TD was the second of his career, and second in as many weeks. ... Cooper had eight catches for 75 yards, and rookie Michael Gallup had five for 76, highlighted by a 40-yarder to set up the first of Brett Maher's two field goals.

UP NEXT

Saints: At Tampa Bay on Dec. 9 in second of three straight road games.

Cowboys: Philadelphia on Dec. 9 in last of three straight home games.

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Corrects to fewest points in three years for Saints instead of four years.

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Key Players
D. Brees 9 QB
127 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 2 RuYds
9
FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
76 RuYds, 60 ReYds, ReTD, 6 RECs
19
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:08
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
10
13
Touchdown 1:08
D.Brees pass deep right to K.Kirkwood for 30 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
88
yds
4:39
pos
9
13
Field Goal 10:03
W.Lutz 33 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
60
yds
5:00
pos
3
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:55
B.Maher 46 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
16
plays
70
yds
9:09
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:57
B.Maher extra point is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 0:57
D.Prescott pass short right to E.Elliott for 16 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
85
yds
4:10
pos
0
9
Field Goal 9:27
B.Maher 26 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Ladouceur Holder-C.Jones.
12
plays
67
yds
5:36
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 23:07 36:53
1st Downs 14 21
Rushing 4 7
Passing 6 11
Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Conv 3-11 7-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 176 308
Total Plays 49 66
Avg Gain 3.6 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 65 100
Rush Attempts 19 31
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 3.2
Net Yards Passing 111 208
Comp. - Att. 18-28 24-28
Yards Per Pass 4.0 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-16 7-40
Penalties - Yards 5-48 8-80
Touchdowns 1 1
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 3-2
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-44.5 3-45.3
Return Yards 64 8
Punts - Returns 3-17 1-8
Kickoffs - Returns 2-47 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 2/2 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 0-2 -0% 1-5 -20%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-2 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 10-2 0010010
Cowboys 7-5 1030013
111 PASS YDS 208
65 RUSH YDS 100
176 TOTAL YDS 308
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 127 1 1 71.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75.5% 3262 30 3 123.2
D. Brees 18/28 127 1 1 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
161 742 11
A. Kamara 11 36 0 7 6
M. Ingram 22 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 467 4
M. Ingram 7 27 0 13 2
D. Brees 9 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 26 3
D. Brees 1 2 0 2 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 91 1120 8
M. Thomas 8 5 40 0 11 4
A. Kamara 41 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 555 4
A. Kamara 11 8 36 0 8 6
K. Kirkwood 18 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 30 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 113 2
K. Kirkwood 3 1 30 1 30 9
D. Arnold 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 150 1
D. Arnold 2 2 20 0 15 2
M. Ingram 22 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 135 1
M. Ingram 3 2 1 0 1 2
T. Smith 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 371 4
T. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-8 1 0.0
M. Lattimore 9-1 0.0 0 1
D. Davis 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-28 0 3.0
D. Davis 5-6 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-10 0 3.0
D. Onyemata 4-3 3.0 0 1
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-10 0 10.0
C. Jordan 3-4 2.0 0 1
E. Apple 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-9 1 0.0
E. Apple 3-3 0.0 0 0
A. Anzalone 47 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-11 1 1.0
A. Anzalone 3-2 0.0 0 0
K. Coleman 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 0.0
K. Coleman 2-2 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-9 0 7.0
S. Rankins 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Klein 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-23 1 1.0
A. Klein 2-3 1.0 0 0
M. Williams 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-6 2 1.0
M. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-8 1 1.0
P. Williams 2-1 0.0 0 0
R. Ramczyk 71 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Ramczyk 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 24 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-18 0 0.0
V. Bell 1-5 0.0 0 0
T. Stallworth 76 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
T. Stallworth 1-0 1.0 0 0
J. Hardee 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 1 0.0
J. Hardee 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Okafor 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-8 0 3.0
A. Okafor 1-3 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-15 0 1.0
T. Davison 0-4 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
23/24 44/45
W. Lutz 1/1 33 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 47.2 9
T. Morstead 4 51.5 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Hill 7 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 24.9 47 0
T. Hill 2 23.5 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Kamara 41 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 6.8 16 0
A. Kamara 3 5.7 16 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
85.7% 248 1 0 115.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.8% 2675 14 5 95.4
D. Prescott 24/28 248 1 0 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
240 1150 6
E. Elliott 23 76 0 21 19
D. Prescott 4 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 301 5
D. Prescott 5 22 0 15 15
R. Smith 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 58 0
R. Smith 3 2 0 2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Gallup 13 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 380 1
M. Gallup 7 5 76 0 40 7
A. Cooper 19 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 75 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 704 4
A. Cooper 8 8 75 0 19 5
E. Elliott 21 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 60 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 423 3
E. Elliott 6 6 60 1 16 19
B. Jarwin 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 79 0
B. Jarwin 1 1 12 0 12 1
C. Beasley 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 468 2
C. Beasley 3 2 9 0 5 0
N. Brown 85 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 31 0
N. Brown 1 1 9 0 9 0
D. Schultz 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 39 0
D. Schultz 2 1 7 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Vander Esch 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
77-25 2 0.0
L. Vander Esch 6-4 0.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-29 0 4.0
J. Smith 6-3 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-8 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-18 1 0.0
J. Heath 3-1 0.0 0 0
R. Gregory 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 4.0
R. Gregory 2-0 1.0 0 1
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 0 1.0
D. Wilson 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-5 1 2.0
A. Brown 2-1 1.0 0 0
X. Woods 25 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-11 2 0.0
X. Woods 2-0 0.0 0 1
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-17 1 8.0
D. Lawrence 1-2 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-8 0 1.0
K. Frazier 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-16 0 4.0
T. Crawford 1-3 0.0 0 0
A. Cooper 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Cooper 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Armstrong 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
D. Armstrong 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Lewis 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
J. Lewis 1-0 0.0 1 0
B. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-8 0 0.0
B. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Reid 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. Reid 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Brown 85 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
N. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Fleming 75 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Fleming 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. LaDouceur 91 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
L. LaDouceur 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 2.0
M. Collins 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-17 0 1.0
A. Woods 0-2 0.0 0 0
D. Ross 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 1.0
D. Ross 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Maher 2 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
24/28 23/24
B. Maher 2/2 46 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 51.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 45.0 11
C. Jones 3 51.0 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beasley 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 4.6 8 0
C. Beasley 1 8.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:24 NO 22 0:35 3 0 Punt
6:34 NO 26 1:27 3 4 Punt
0:57 NO 9 2:25 5 17 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 DAL 39 2:53 7 38 Downs
0:51 NO 25 0:51 3 0 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 5:00 10 60 FG
5:47 NO 12 4:39 10 88 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 NO 34 4:50 7 24 Punt
2:35 NO 15 0:27 2 5 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 5:36 12 67 FG
8:49 DAL 29 2:15 3 -5 Punt
5:07 DAL 15 4:10 8 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 DAL 32 0:39 2 6 Fumble
10:00 DAL 2 9:09 16 70 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:00 DAL 25 4:13 6 11 Punt
1:08 DAL 25 2:03 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:15 DAL 20 6:40 14 65 Fumble
2:08 NO 16 2:08 4 11 Game