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SERIES FACTS

The combined winning percentage of the teams the Dallas Cowboys beat is .400. The combined winning percentage of teams that have beat them is .758.

The combined winning percentage of the teams the New Orleans Saints beat is .353. The combined winning percentage of the teams that have beat them is .667.

The Dallas Cowboys are 5-4. Since playoff formats were last tinkered with in 1990, only 26% of the qualifying teams had 5-4 records.

The Dallas Cowboys have been 5-4 eight times in franchise history: 1970, 1974, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008, and 2011. Only ’70, ’96, ’99, and ’06 were playoff-qualifying seasons.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) fights for the ball after a fumble in overtime against Dallas Cowboys safety Eric Frampton (27) at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints are one of four teams to have once been division opponents with
Dallas for more than a season. The other three teams are the Cardinals, Browns, and Steelers.

The New Orleans Saints are the only NFC team the Dallas Cowboys have not played in the postseason. Comparatively, the Dallas Cowboys are among five NFC teams that the New Orleans Saints haven’t faced in the playoffs.

From 1967-69, the Cowboys amassed 5 wins over the expansion Saints. This ties with the Falcons for the Cowboys’ second-best start against an expansion team. Franchise first place is over the Buccaneers with 6 straight wins.

Despite having lost seven of the last eight games to the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys are still 15-10 against New Orleans Saints in the series.

Sunday marks the eighth time in the past nine meetings that the Saints have held a better record than the Cowboys.

Of the last 11 meetings, 10 of them have been in December. This marks the first November game since the 2010 Thanksgiving Day contest.

This is the first time ever the Dallas Cowboys will face a former offensive coordinator who has a former defensive coordinator coaching with him in the same capacity that he served in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys have only ever had 9 defensive coordinators: Dick Nolan, Ernie Stautner, Dave Wannstedt, Butch Davis, Dave Campo, Mike Zimmer, Brian Stewart, Paul Pasqualoni, and Rob Ryan. The Cowboys are 3-0 when they have faced their former defensive coordinators serving in the same capacity elsewhere.

This is the 26th game between the Cowboys and Saints. In the 26th game of a series, the Cowboys are 6-4 while the Saints are 5-5.

New Orleans is tied as having hosted the most Super Bowls with 10: IV, VI, IX, XII, XV, XX, XXIV, XXXI, XXXVI, and XLVII. The Superdome has hosted the most Super Bowls with 7: XII, XV, XX, XXIV, XXXI, XXXVI, and XLVII.

The Dallas Cowboys won the first ever Super Bowl played indoors, Super Bowl XII played in the Superdome.

The Dallas Cowboys are 35-37 in any other indoor venue.

The Dallas Cowboys’ 3-5 record is the 2nd-worst winning percentage (.375) the Cowboys have in any other indoor venue.

Including playoffs, the New Orleans Saints have a .490 winning percentage (145-151) in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome.

The Dallas Cowboys’ first game in the Superdome was a 24-6 victory over the New
Orleans Saints.

The Cowboys are 9-4 at home (0-2 at AT&T Staduim) and 5-6 on the road in this
series.

The Dallas Cowboys are 4-1 against the New Orleans Saints in November.

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  • SmartThinking

    In a rare moment of lucid clarity, Jerry Jones is credited with stating that one of his worst mistakes was letting Sean Payton leave the Cowboys coaching staff. Although I try not to, I sometimes wonder what type of team Dallas would have been if Payton had been the head coach here instead of New Orleans. Interestingly, both Dallas and New Orleans teams are, in many ways, mirror images of each other, except in the consistency department, of course. Payton and Bree’s have teamed up and created an offensive powerhouse. They’re good on the ground and involve the entire team when they throw. There’s much to learn from watching how Payton and Bree’s attack the Dallas defenses come Sunday might. We already pretty much know how Ryan’s defense is going to attack the Dallas offense. Our offensive line had better prepare for hand-to-hand combat because that’s what Ryan is going to bring to get at Romo and show Jerry Jones that mistakes might come in twos.

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