The Saints (7-2) spotted the Cowboys (5-5) a three-point lead and then proceeded to dominate every facet of the game on the night the franchise inducted Archie Manning, Rickey Jackson and Willie Roaf into the team's new Ring of Honor.
The man who led the Saints on Sunday, quarterback
The Saints franchise player was 34 of 41 for 392 yards and four touchdowns, an amazing night but not out of the ordinary for Brees. He did complete 19 consecutive passes in the first half, matching his franchise mark, most coming in a 21-point second quarter when New Orleans seized control. He also had a 139.0 passer rating. The Saints set an NFL mark with their 40 first downs and they were an exceptional 9 of 12 on third down while not allowing Dallas to convert a third down in nine attempts.
Brees' touchdown barrage started with a 22-yard strike to receiver
The Cowboys also stressed the running game early as Demarco Murray had an effective first half with 80 yards on 11 carries and a TD but it appeared to hurt Tony Romo's passing attack. The Cowboys' star quarterback never got in a groove and finished 10 of 24 for 128 yards and one TD. Receiver Dez Bryant, who torched the Saints for two touchdowns last season, didn't make his first catch until the third quarter.
The Saints dominated every statistical category. The Saints' 625 yards of offense was a franchise record, they had 80 plays to the Cowboys' 43 and held Dallas to 193 yards of offense and just nine first downs. The 625 yards is the most by an NFL team in a non-overtime regular-season game since San Diego gained 661 yards against Cincinnati on Dec. 20, 1982. According to the website database Pro Football Reference, the Saints are the first team since 1960 (and perhaps ever) with at least 230 rushing yards and 380 passing yards in the same game.
Brees and Ingram weren't the only offensive players to put up big numbers. Colston had seven catches for 107 yards, Sproles had seven catches for 76 yards and Pierre Thomas ran the ball 17 times for 87 yards and a TD and caught seven passes for 24 yards.
The Saints will take on another NFC contender next Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers (6-3) come to the Superdome. The 49ers lost to the Carolina Panthers 10-9 on Sunday. That win keeps the Panthers (6-3) one game behind the Saints in the NFC South.