IRVING, Texas --It's hard to estimate, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thought there were about 15,000 Pittsburgh Steelers fans in last week's game at Cowboys Stadium. The paid attendance was 95,595, the highest of the season.
This week, the New Orleans Saints come to town, another team with a strong fan base that travels well, especially in the south.
It's not the first time Steelers' and Saints fans invaded a Cowboys home game. In 2004, the Steelers had a large fan base at Texas Stadium. Dallas lost, 24-20, in front of 64,162, the second-largest crowd of that season. The Saints also visited, another Cowboys loss, 27-13, and 64,056 attended, making it the third largest home crowd.
That was the last time both teams visited in the same year. The Saints, however, came in 2006 and beat the Cowboys, 42-17, in front of 63,722, the largest home crowd of the 2006 season.
"We've played against Pittsburgh before at home, a while back when I was young," said quarterback Tony Romo, who is 32. "I can remember they travel well. I think bigger than that, the one game they all want to travel to, is Dallas and that was why Pittsburgh, I felt like had a lot of fans here. They obviously traveled to other games but this is the one game I think a lot of the fans pick out. We understand that, but our fans were awesome that last game I was excited to see how they created problems for the other team's offense."