Brees, Saints pass Cowboys on second play of overtime

Mon Oct 5, 2015 2:05am EDT
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(The Sports Exchange) - According to local lore, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is built over an old voodoo pit, and for the first 60 minutes against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, it looked as though the New Orleans Saints were sticking pins all over their bodies.

When Saints kicker Zach Hocker clanged what would have been a game-winning 30-yard field goal off the left upright with 12 seconds left in regulation -- a glorified extra point -- the Saints and Cowboys headed to overtime tied at 20.

However, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had the perfect antidote to Hocker's curse.

On the second play of overtime, Brees calmly connected with running back C.J. Spiller on a wheel route down the right sideline, and Spiller used his power to shake off a diving tackle attempt by safety Barry Church and his speed to race 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown and a 26-20 overtime victory.

New Orleans (1-3) snapped its three-game losing streak, while Dallas (2-2) fell for the second week in a row.

The touchdown pass just 13 seconds into overtime -- Brees' second of the game -- gave the veteran 400 touchdown passes for his career. Spiller rushed over to Brees after the score and handed him the ball.

"I told him, 'Brother, you deserve it,'" Spiller said. "He's probably the best teammate I've ever played with -- just his preparation. He deserves it."

Saints coach Sean Payton attributed the winning play to Brees' arm and craftiness. After running back Khiry Robinson dropped a first-down pass on the Saints' 20-yard line, Brees noticed that the Cowboys' defense was slow to line up on second down.

"I believe they struggled getting aligned, and Drew was smart enough to snap the ball," Payton said. "It was a vertical route, a play we had run earlier. The tackle C.J. broke on the safety was huge. A great play."   Continued...

Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (28) carries the ball to score an 80 yard game winning touchdown during overtime against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports