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December 24, 2012

Cowboys playoff hopes hang on by a thread after tough OT loss to Saints

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

With a playoff spot on the line in their 2008 finale, the Cowboys lost 44-6 at Philadelphia.

“You want to control what you can control. When you are in this situation, you have to go forth like you are playing for a playoff spot,” defensive tackle Marcus Spears said. “Trying to determine what will happen, all of that will get in the way of us preparing for the Redskins, and that is what needs to be our central focus right now.”

Playing near the home of suspended Saints coach Sean Payton, Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints all but secured the win when Colston’s fumble was recovered by Jimmy Graham recovered despite a couple of defenders being in the area.

“It hurts. You scratch and claw the whole game,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “It’s comes down a play like that. It’s kind of frustrating.”

The Saints who started 0-4 after getting stunned by Payton’s yearlong ban in the team’s bounty scandal, saw their playoff hopes end with Minnesota’s victory against Houston.

After New Orleans forced a punt in overtime, Brees moved the Saints to the Cowboys 33. He completed a pass to Colston, who took a couple of steps before Morris Claiborne stripped the ball, sending it rolling toward the end zone.

The completion was held up on review after Graham won a scrum, and Hartley made the winning kick on the next play.

“I got it out, but they recovered it. I wish it wouldn’t have come out,” Claiborne said. “I was just trying to make a play. Going to the ground, I didn’t even know the ball was out. I was just praying it was incomplete.”

The Cowboys pulled within a touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Romo to Dwayne Harris and got the ball back with 1:29 remaining. Romo led the Cowboys 64 yards in seven plays, capped by the tying toss to Austin, who caught the ball on his knees in the end zone.

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