The Saints had just completed a nine play, 52 yard drive for a touchdown with Darren Sproles running it in from three yards out to put the Saints up 21 – 10. During the drive, Jason Garrett elects to try and get his squad another possession before the half, knowing that he would also get the ball to start the 2ndhalf. In theory, it was the correct use of his timeouts but the Cowboys were just coming off a three-and-out drive on the previous series that didn’t show a great deal of promise. Garrett was able to save his offense 1:32 but he had no timeouts and the ball on his own 20.
The drive opened with a successful eight yard pass from Romo to Witten but the next two plays, Romo throws short and incomplete to
With the ball on their own 25 yard line, Sean Payton elects to go with “11” personnel and Kiffin matches with his nickel package. At the snap, Jimmy Graham who is lined up inline to the left runs a simple hook and Brees fires the ball right to him. Graham catches the ball and dives forward for six yards.
Same personnel group for the Saints, with Darren Sproles lined up in the slot to the right and covered by
The ball is now at the Saints 42 with :30 on the clock and the Saints still holding two timeouts. In a twist, instead of having Sproles in the slot, he is lined up wide to the left side with Marquis Colston inside of him.
Ball on the Cowboys 47 with: 25 left in the half, Payton stays with his “11” personnel and Kiffin in his nickel. Brees now moves Sproles back in the left slot with Colston on the outside. At the snap, Colston drives up the field with Sproles delaying behind him on the route. Sproles runs the out with
With the ball on the Cowboys 28 and: 19 on the clock, Brees tries to fit a pass into Lance Moore, who is running up the field out of the slot on the right side.
Brees makes an adjustment to the formation by bringing Sproles in the backfield to his right side, out of the shot-gun. Kiffin calls for zone coverage as the routes develop. Sproles sneaks out to his right with Jahri Evans and Brian De La Puente in front of him. Both
With 5:09 left in the half, the Cowboys went from being down by four, to the Saints being up by 18 as both teams heading for the locker room. It was a back breaking final two minutes for a defense that was under attack all night by Sean Payton and Drew Brees.