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Cowboys Do Nothing For Playoff Chances

Monday, December 13, 2004; Page D11



IRVING, Tex, Dec. 12 -- The Dallas Cowboys might have to rethink their plans for the rest of the season. It's tough to consider yourself a playoff contender after scoring only one penalty-aided touchdown at home against the league's worst defense.

New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks likes what he sees as the Saints end a three-game losing streak. (Tony Gutierrez -- AP)

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Deuce McAllister ran for two touchdowns, John Carney kicked two field goals and Joe Horn added a 31-yard touchdown catch in the closing minutes, carrying the New Orleans Saints to a 27-13 victory Sunday that seriously dampened the Cowboys' wild-card chances.

Dallas (5-8) had won consecutive games, including a thrilling 43-39 victory over Seattle on Monday night. With running back Julius Jones reviving the offense, Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells said his team was peaking at the right time.

Instead of continuing the momentum, Dallas lost at home to a team that had lost three straight. The Saints (5-8) also wound up with their first road win over the Cowboys in 10 tries.

"We just were bad," Parcells said. "I'm just disgusted. . . . Right now, it doesn't look like we're going very far."

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