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 on Monday night.
"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 shoulder, completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and two TDs.
"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 (1-3).
Joseph Randle scored the lone TD for Dallas (2-2) 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 moments earlier.
Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden, filling in while Tony Romo recovers from a broken clavicle, came through with a clutch 91-yard touchdown drive to tie the score in the final minutes of regulation, only to lose his 10th consecutive start overall, tying him with Blaine Gabbert for the longest such streak among active QBs.
The tying TD was as clutch as it gets: a 17-yard pass to a diving Terrance Williams on fourth down with less than 2 minutes left. Brees then quickly marched New Orleans into what should have been easy field-goal range, only to see Hocker, who had hit from 51 yards earlier, hit the left upright.