CeeDee Lamb had 122 scrum yards, Tony Pollard snatched a 58-yard touchdown rush and the Dallas defense produced a driving sack and three steals in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 victory over the Saints. New Orleans Thursday night.
The Cowboys (8-4) intercepted Saints quarterback Taysom Hill four times in all – three times in the game’s 6:32 finals, including defensive tackle Carlos Watkins’ 6 pick on an onscreen pass. which took it to 27-10 with 2:52 left.
“I finally got to see his emotion and his expressions on the sidelines,” Dallas rookie outside linebacker Micah Parsons said of Quinn, a former Atlanta head coach who normally calls defensive plays for a long time. cabin with Dallas. “It was good to see a smile on his face and it was good to see another win on the board.
McCarthy and five assistants did not make the trip due to positive COVID-19 tests.
“I like doing tough things with a group of people and that was one of those times,” said Quinn, satisfied. “We wanted to make sure that Mike and all the guys we missed, that we were backing them up. Honestly, that was the only thing that worried me. I didn’t want to let them down.
The Saints (5-7) gave Hill a double threat his first start this season in hopes he could help New Orleans break a four-game skid. He was efficient in the pushes, passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns – and running for 101 yards – while playing on an early middle finger injury to his throwing hand.
“He played with a lot of heart, a lot of courage,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
But Hill’s turnovers proved too difficult to overcome as the Saints – winners of the NFC South the previous four seasons – lost a fifth straight game for the first time since 2005, the season before Payton took over at New Orleans.
” It is very frustrating. This is unfamiliar territory to us, ”Hill said. “This is my fifth year and I haven’t experienced anything like it since I became a saint. “
Dak Prescott had 238 yards and a 1 yard touchdown to Michael Gallup.
Prescott was intercepted by Marshon Lattimore midway through the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys nullified that turnover when Jourdan Lewis slapped Hill’s arm as he was releasing the ball and Damontae Kazee intercepted.
It was the first of Dallas’ three late interceptions. The Saints’ next drive stalled on a choice by Trevon Diggs, his ninth league leader. And the Watkins interception happened on the way after that.
“When the ball was in the air our guys went and got it,” said Parsons, whose 10th sack of the season also ended a Saints threat early in the fourth quarter. “We did our best to contain them. I mean, he was coming out of the pocket and we were figuring out ways to slow him down and get the ball back.
Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris turned a short pass into a 70-yard touchdown for the game’s final score.
The Saints started off slow throughout their slippage and this game was no exception as they failed to score in the first quarter for the fifth game in a row.
The Saints’ first goal threat came on their second practice, but Brett Maher’s 56-yard field goal attempt drifted off to the right.
Dallas broke through his third possession, evidenced by Prescott’s 41-yard pass to center Amari Cooper and a side pass to Lamb who ran 33 yards at New Orleans 1. Prescott then threw a fade into the right corner. , where Gallup made a jump and twist on cornerback Bradley Roby and narrowly touched both feet in bounds.
The Saints tied on Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s 24-yard TD early in the second quarter, but never led.
After Greg Zuerlein’s 55-yard field goal put Dallas 10-7 ahead, the Saints threatened late in the second half when they got to Dallas 26. But Hill’s pass to the line. left touch was knocked down by wide receiver Kenny Stills and intercepted on 5 by Jayron Kearse, who dove to catch the floating ball while sliding his toes across the turf before falling out of bounds.
The game stayed close to the third quarter, when Pollard gave Dallas a 20-10 advantage by slipping an arm tackle into the backfield and pulling away from everyone.
Dallas did not report any injuries during the game.
Saints: Hours before the game, the Saints put defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon on the injured list after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. … Juwan Johnson injured his neck after leaping 27 yards late in the first quarter.
Cowboys: Visit Washington on December 12.
Saints: Visit the New York Jets on December 12.
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