Saints win first game of season over Cowboys, 26-20, in overtime

C.J. Spiller scores the winning touchdown in overtime over the Dallas Cowboys. It was an 80-yard reception from Quarterback Drew Brees.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – 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.

Brees, who missed New Orleans’ previous game because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder, completed 32 of 39 throws for 279 yards in his return.

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.

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