Saints vs. Cowboys: New Orleans' Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 16

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Saints vs. Cowboys: New Orleans' Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 16
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The New Orleans Saints topped the Dallas Cowboys in a wild shootout, that went into overtime, 34-31. It was a tough win for the Saints, who suffered a defensive meltdown late in the game, allowing the Cowboys to score two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game—after playing one of their best defensive games in Week 15 against the Bucs—but they fought through it and survived.

Unfortunately, any slim chance of the Saints making the playoffs is gone. They were officially eliminated when the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans this afternoon.

On paper, one would think the Saints had it easy against the Cowboys in Week 16. The team was efficient in third-down conversions, they had more time of possession and they won the turnover battle. But the last four minutes of the game almost ruined the good football the Saints were playing.

Yes, the Saints played a lot of inconsistent football this season, but one thing they do still have is fight. Even when almost everyone wrote them off, this team keeps fighting, even if it's just for pride.

Let's take a look at some winners and losers for Week 16.

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