Cowboys look for breakthrough road win

IRVING, Texas -- The last time the Dallas Cowboys visited the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, their 2009 season was on the line.

They had lost their previous two games and there weren’t just whispers that they were in the midst of another late-season collapse -- there were shouts of another late-season collapse.

The Saints were undefeated at the time. The Superdome was as loud as any stadium the Cowboys had played in.

And the Cowboys won 24-17 and would go on to win their final two regular-season games, shutting out the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles to finish with an 11-5 record and win the NFC East.

“I think how monumental that game was. It was a big game for us,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. “It was like one of those turnaround-season games.”

At 5-4, the Cowboys currently lead the NFC East and don’t necessarily need a turnaround-season win, but they do need to win a game on the road against a good team. From 2010-12 they have beaten four teams that ended the year with a winning record (New York Giants, Week 10, 2010; Philadelphia Eagles, Week 17, 2010; San Francisco 49ers, Week 2, 2011; Cincinnati Bengals, Week 14, 2012).

So far this season, they are 1-3 away from AT&T Stadium.

“A win would be extremely valuable,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “At some point, it’s just another win. What we’re trying to win is consistency week in and week out and finishing football games and stacking wins together. That’s something we haven’t been able to do. A lot of that has come because we haven’t finished at important times such as the Detroit game when we had a shot to finish and we made critical errors in critical moments. That’s something we’re working on now.”