Well, it's official. We now have one perfect team remaining. Let me first state for the record, I am NOT a Cowboys fan. I think Tony Romo is grossly overrated. Jerry Jones is an ego-maniac. And Flozell Adams is a dirty playing caveman. "Unga Bunga." Now that that's out of the way, I feel better.
The Saints were on course to go undefeated this season along with the last remaining perfect team, the Colts. That is now lost since the Cowboys have derailed the Saints in what many believed should have been a fairly easy win. Let's admit it, the Cowboys have had some nice games, but nothing that suggested that they would beat New Orleans.
Our dreams of two perfect teams battling for a championship have been dashed to the ground. The Saints' fans should be proud of the team's accomplishments and focus on the "Big Game" rather than the minor loss. I still see New Orleans making a run for the Super Bowl.
Brees put up 29-45, 298 yards, one TD, one pick, and got sacked four times. Bush had one run of 29 yards and got hurt. Colston had five catches for 86 yards. The Saints put up decent numbers, but not enough to get it done.
Romo put up 22-34 for 312 yards, and one TD. Barber rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries with two TDs. Austin grabbed seven catches for 139 yards and a TD. This is how the Cowboys are capable of playing, but sometimes fail to show that killer instinct. Except for Flozell...
After the game, Cowboy's coach Wade Phillips stated, "I said all along, this team's got a lotta heart, a lotta character, a lotta leaders. It looked like things weren't going well for us, with two losses in a row, but I didn't think this team could get beat three times in a row and they didn't."
Saints coach Sean Payton states, "We'll digest this, it will sting a little bit going down, but nonetheless, it is what it is and we've got to get back to work next week."
Brees stated after the game that "...We deserved it, the city deserved it, the organization deserved it. We wanted to make it happen for all of them. That's probably what's so disappointing about it."
Perfection was lost but not the season. Brees and the Saints can still deliver a championship to New Orleans. I imagine they would rather have a ring than the perfect season. Ask New England fans...
Peyton Manning and the Colts are the NFL's last undefeated team. Will they arrive at the Super Bowl immaculate? That remains to be seen. With the Jets and Bills on the menu, they could go all the way. For the record, of the two teams, the Saints looked like the stronger lock for the perfect season. The Colts have looked vulnerable at times, while the Saints looked dominating. Oh the parody of football...