New Orleans registered 40 first downs, an NFL record, on the way to a 49-17 rout of the Cowboys. The Saints also had 625 yards of total offense as they moved to 5-0 in the Superdome this season.
Running back Mark Ingram, who has been hobbled by injury much of his NFL career, had 145 yards rushing on 14 carries. His previous high was 91 yards against Indianapolis in October of 2011. Ingram wore his emotions on his sleeve. After a second quarter 13 yard run, he spun the ball on the turf, drawing a five yard delay of game penalty.
“I play with a lot of passion, and I was frustrated with myself because I thought I should have gotten more out of the run than I did,” said Ingram. “But, I play with a lot of passion. I had to tone it down and stay in my head.”
The Saints broke the game open with a pair of Darren Sproles touchdowns in the last 1:32 of the first half. With 5 seconds to play in the half, Sproles scored on a 28 yard screen pass from Drew Brees. Brees threw for 392 yards and four touchdown passes.
The Saints moved to 7-2 on the season. They are one game ahead of Carolina in the NFC South.
Sunday, 6-3 San Francisco visits the Superdome.
“We know the type of team they are. The talent that they have. What they are capable of. What a physical team they are,” said Brees. ” They pride themselves on that. On both sides of the ball. So we are going to need our best game to beat these guys.”