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Payton returns to Dallas to face Cowboys

Dec 5, 2006 - 8:46 PM New Orleans (8-4) at Dallas (8-4) Sunday 8:15 pm EST

IRVING, Texas (Ticker) -- The Dallas Cowboys have Sean Payton to thank for quarterback Tony Romo.

Payton returns to the Lone Star State to face the Cowboys as coach of the surprising New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Payton was an assistant with the Cowboys the last three seasons before being tabbed as the Saints' new coach in January. He served as the Cowboys' passing game coordinator last season.

A former quarterback at Division I-AA Eastern Illinois in college, Payton made a huge contribution in Dallas, suggesting the club sign Romo, who also went Eastern Illinois. The advice by Payton has turned into gold for the Cowboys, who signed Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

All Romo has done since replacing veteran Drew Bledsoe as the starter is gone 5-1 while leading the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East, where they hold a two-game over the New York Giants and Philadelphia.

In his six starts, Romo has completed 131-of-189 passes for 1,683 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Romo directed a late drive last Sunday that Martin Gramatica capped with a 46-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Dallas a 23-20 victory over the Giants.

Dallas, which has won four straight, plays three of its final four games at home.

While Romo has excelled, Payton's Saints are having just as much success. They enter with a two-game lead over both Carolina and Atlanta in the NFC South.

Payton, who tried to trade for Romo when he came to New Orleans, wound up signing Drew Brees as a free agent. That move also has paid off since Brees leads the league with 3,649 passing yards to go along with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Brees could be without both of his starting wide receivers for this contest. Rookie Marques Colston, who has 54 catches for 869 yards and seven touchdowns, has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain, and veteran Joe Horn left last Sunday's contest against San Francisco with a groin injury.

Rookie Reggie Bush enjoyed his best game of the season in the 34-10 victory over San Francisco, rushing for three touchdowns and catching another score. He finished with nine catches for 131 yards and rushed for 37 yards on 10 attempts in tying Horn's club record for TDs in a game.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 0 21 21 0 42
    DALLAS 7 0 10 0 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN
    GRAMATICA KICK), 2:54. Drive: 2
    plays, 79 yards in 0:49. DALLAS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOR - TD, MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY
    KICK), 0:07. Drive: 14 pl

    Dec 10 11:33 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 0 21 21 42
    DALLAS 7 0 10 17 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN
    GRAMATICA KICK), 2:54. Drive: 2
    plays, 79 yards in 0:49. DALLAS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOR - TD, MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY
    KICK), 0:07. Drive

    Dec 10 10:59 PM



  • TD NOR DEVERY HENDERSON 42 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:44 PM



  • TD NOR DEVERY HENDERSON 42 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:44 PM



  • TD NOR DEVERY HENDERSON 42 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:44 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    DEVERY HENDERSON 42 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 42
    DALLAS 17 3:47 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:44 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 6 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:37 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 6 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:37 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 6 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:37 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    MIKE KARNEY 6 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 35
    DALLAS 17 5:16 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:37 PM



  • TD DAL TERRELL OWENS 34 YD PASS FROM TONY ROMO (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:27 PM



  • TD DAL TERRELL OWENS 34 YD PASS FROM TONY ROMO (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:27 PM



  • TD DAL TERRELL OWENS 34 YD PASS FROM TONY ROMO (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:27 PM


  • NFL
    TD DAL
    TERRELL OWENS 34 YD PASS FROM TONY ROMO
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 28
    DALLAS 17 7:46 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:27 PM



  • TD NOR REGGIE BUSH 61 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:20 PM



  • TD NOR REGGIE BUSH 61 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:20 PM



  • TD NOR REGGIE BUSH 61 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:20 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    REGGIE BUSH 61 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 28
    DALLAS 10 9:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:20 PM



  • FG DAL MARTIN GRAMATICA 24 YD





    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:15 PM


  • NFL
    FG DAL
    MARTIN GRAMATICA 24 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 21
    DALLAS 10 11:26 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 10:15 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 0 21 21
    DALLAS 7 0 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN
    GRAMATICA KICK), 2:54. Drive: 2
    plays, 79 yards in 0:49. DALLAS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOR - TD, MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY
    KICK), 0:07. Drive: 14

    Dec 10 9:55 PM



  • TD NOR JAMAL JONES 27 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:46 PM



  • TD NOR JAMAL JONES 27 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:46 PM



  • TD NOR JAMAL JONES 27 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:46 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    JAMAL JONES 27 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 21
    DALLAS 7 0:44 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:46 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 3 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:10 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 3 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:10 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 3 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (JOHN CARNEY KICK)







    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:10 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    MIKE KARNEY 3 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 14
    DALLAS 7 10:19 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:10 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY KICK)






    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:00 PM



  • TD NOR MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY KICK)






    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:00 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    MIKE KARNEY 2 YD RUN
    (JOHN CARNEY KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 7
    DALLAS 7 14:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 9:00 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 0 0
    DALLAS 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DAL - TD, JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN
    GRAMATICA KICK), 2:54. Drive: 2
    plays, 79 yards in 0:49. DALLAS 7-0

    Dec 10 8:52 PM



  • TD DAL JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)






    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 8:29 PM



  • TD DAL JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)






    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 8:29 PM


  • NFL
    TD DAL
    JULIUS JONES 77 YD RUN
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 0
    DALLAS 7 12:06 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Saints vs. CowboysDec 10 8:29 PM