ARLINGTON, Texas The Cowboys' "Name Tag" defense got its nickname this season because you can't tell the injury replacements without name tags.
On Sunday against the Saints, the defense really did play like a bunch of guys just introduced to each other.
The Cowboys lost, 34-31, in overtime mainly because they couldn't stop Drew Brees and the Saints' offense, especially on third down. All that was missing from the defense was their names written in masking tape on the front of their helmets.
At the end, however, it looked like the game officials needed an ID tag, since they can't seem to identify what's a valid catch and what isn't.
The play that sank the Cowboys came when Brees hit Marques Colston over the middle. Colston had trouble getting the ball under control and, after contact by cornerback Morris Claiborne, fumbled it forward.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham recovered the ball at the two. After a short review, the play was ruled a catch and fumble and the Saints won with ...