NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees connected with Marques Colston on a 22-yard scoring strike, and the New Orleans Saints led the Dallas Cowboys 7-3 after the first quarter Sunday night.
Getting Colston involved was an encouraging sign for the Saints one week after the veteran receiver sat out New Orleans' 26-20 loss to the Jets in New York a week earlier.
Colston had four catches for 55 yards in the quarter. His touchdown catch was the 60th of his career, all coming from Brees.
On the touchdown, Darren Sproles made a key block on blitzing linebacker Barry Church, giving Brees enough time to find Colston over the middle. Colston then slipped safety Jeff Heath's tackle before diving across the goal line.
For Sproles, the key block atoned for an earlier muffed punt that gave the Cowboys the ball on the Saints' 22-yard line after a diving recovery Dallas' Dwayne Harris.
With an energized nighttime crowd in the Superdome roaring, the Cowboys had to call timeout on third-and-short, then came back out an committed a false start penalty. Dallas was then unable to convert for a first down and settled for Dan Bailey's 37-yard field goal.

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