New Orleans Saints win a 30-27 thriller vs. Dallas Cowboys
Although the Saints jumped to a 17-0 lead, they trailed in the final minutes and needed a heroic fumble recovery by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a beautiful 55-yard pitch-and-catch from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Lance Moore to bring them back.
In an emotional postgame locker room, it was not lost on anyone that they were celebrating in the same place that will host the Big Game a little more than two months from now.
"Yeah man, we understand where we're at, and the places we want to be," Saints safety Roman Harper said. "We definitely don't want to be a one-and-done team. We want to stack some wins together, and we want to get back here."
Although an easy victory might have been easier on their hearts, the dramatics and theatrics might have a more lasting impact for these Saints (8-3), who started slowly this season before rolling to their current four-game win streak.
Brees said when the Saints looked back on their historic Super Bowl run last season, it was the thrilling, come-from-behind wins at Miami and Washington that stood out more than the routine romps.
"Those are the ones you remember," Brees said, "because it takes some intestinal fortitude to stay calm and believe and have faith that, 'When my number's called, I have to come up with a play.'
"And that's what we did. Malcolm made a huge play. And then Marques (Colston) makes a big catch, then Robert, then Lance. Can you spread it around any more?"
Brees wasn't bad himself, completing 23 of 39 passes for 352 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Devery Henderson and tailback Chris Ivory made some big plays early, as did defensive end Will Smith.
And kicker Garrett Hartley bounced back with his best performance of the season, making field goals of 50, 45 and 28 yards early.
But while there was no shortage of heroes for the Saints, it's obvious who would have been the goat if they had lost the game -- tailback Reggie Bush, who had a nightmare performance after returning from a 10-week absence with a broken fibula.
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'When my number's called, I have to come up with a play.'
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