Fast TD makes up for Saints' miss
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees hit C.J. Spiller with a short pass that the running back turned into an 80-yard touchdown — the 400th of the Saints quarterback's career — on the second play of overtime and New Orleans won for the first time this season, 26-20 over the injury-decimated Cowboys.
Brees is the fifth NFL quarterback to reach 400 TD passes. New England's Tom Brady, who reached the milestone last week, has 401. The top three are Peyton Manning (536), Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420).
"We had to really earn it on both sides of the ball, all the way around," Brees said. "These types of wins really strengthen you, really bring you together, help build confidence."
Brees, who missed New Orleans' previous game because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder, completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and two TDs in his return.
"It felt fine. Felt good enough, got the job done, so we're all good," Brees said of his shoulder.
Mark Ingram gained 126 yards from scrimmage on a combination of runs and short passes, and Khiry Robinson had a 1-yard touchdown run for New Orleans.
Joseph Randle scored the lone touchdown for Dallas on a 1-yard run in the first half. The winning score enlivened a Superdome crowd stunned by Saints kicker Zach Hocker's 30-yard miss in the final seconds of regulation.
Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden, filling in while Tony Romo recovers from a broken clavicle, came through with a 91-yard touchdown drive to tie the score in the final minutes of regulation.
The tying touchdown was as clutch as it gets — a 17-yard pass to Terrance Williams on fourth down with less than 2 minutes left.
Brees then quickly marched New Orleans into easy field goal range but Hocker, a first-year kicker, hit the left upright.
But New Orleans won the toss and took the ball first, and two plays later, the game was over on Spiller's first score of the season.