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December 24, 2012

Garrett says Cowboys feel good about how they played versus Saints despite loss, but 'very forward-looking' right now

The loss to the Saints ended a three-game winning streak for the Cowboys. But they still have a 5-2 second half going, and the offense is in its best stretch of the season.

Coach Jason Garrett was asked if he thought the loss killed his team’s momentum.

“Well, it was a hard-fought battle,” he said. “There’s no question about that .I think we played really, really hard. There was a relentless spirit about our football team. There was a belief we could get the job done. Ultimately we came up short.

“We certainly feel good about how we played even, though we didn’t make enough plays to win the game. The Saints deserve credit for doing that.”

Garrett said the Cowboys didn’t spend much time thinking about the Giants’ loss to the Ravens, which returned playoff destiny to the Cowboys’ hands.

“We are a very forward-looking operation around here,” he said. “We want to correct some of the things that happened in the ball game certainly and build on the positive things that happened in the ball game.  But we have to look forward to this game and we are excited to do that. Again, you work very hard to get to this point. It will be a great opportunity for our football team to win the East. It’s a hard division to win and we have a chance to do it at their place on Sunday night. So we are very forward-thinking. We will correct the things that weren’t good in this ballgame but get ready for the Redskins.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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