ARLINGTON, Texas -- What seemed like a blowout victory for the Saints has turned into a close game after three quarters at Cowboys Stadium.
The Cowboys have rallied to cut the 20-6 halftime deficit to 23-20 going to the fourth quarter. We look at two plays that changed this game.
Barber scores on fourth and 1: The Cowboys made another questionable decision on fourth down by going for it on fourth and 1 from the Saints 1. Marion Barber scored with 4:30 to play in the quarter to cut the deficit to three. Barber ran right up the gut of the defense to score. The play was set up on a Reggie Bush fumble on a punt return. Jesse Holley forced the fumble by poking the ball out to give the Cowboys the ball at the Saints 15 with 7:25 left.
Brooking makes key defensive play: After the Barber score, the Saints drove to the Cowboys 34 with under a minute to play in the third quarter. On a third and 5 from the Cowboys 34, Drew Brees threw a short pass to tight end David Thomas. But Keith Brooking knocked the pass away forcing an incompletion and fourth down. Brees' fourth-down pass was high and hit the hands off Lance Moore to end the drive witih 19 seconds to play in the quarter.