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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has had to replace Mike McCarthy as acting head coach and enjoys the perspective on the sidelines as the unit he usually oversees has brought the Cowboys out of the fray. their recent drunkenness with a series of great plays.

CeeDee Lamb got 122 yards from the script, Tony Pollard made a 58-yard touchdown and the Dallas defense produced a drive block and three interceptions in the fourth half of the 27-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

The Cowboys (8-4) intercepted Saints quarterback Taysom Hill four times in all – three times in the final 6:32 of the game, including Carlos Watkins’ pick-six defensive save on a pass crossed the line, raising the score to 27-10 with 2:52 left.

“I finally got to see his emotions and expressions on the sidelines,” Dallas rookie Micah Parsons said of Quinn, a former Atlanta head coach who used to call defense games. reigned from a booth with Dallas. “It’s nice to see the smile on his face and it’s good to see another victory on the chessboard.”

McCarthy and five assistants did not make the trip because they tested positive for COVID-19.

“I love doing difficult things with a group of people and this is one of those moments,” Quinn said with satisfaction. “We wanted to make sure that Mike and all the people we missed, that we got them back. Honestly, that’s the only thing I’m worried about. I don’t want to disappoint them.”

The Saints (5-7) gave Hill a double-threat to start this season first in hopes he can help New Orleans get past the four-game skateboard. He was very efficient in sprints, passing 264 yards and two touchdowns – and running 101 yards – while playing because of an injury to the tip of the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Saints coach Sean Payton said: “He played with a lot of heart and was very brave.

But Hill’s record proved too difficult to overcome when the Saints – who won the NFC South four seasons ago – lost their fifth straight game for the first time since 2005, the season before Payton took over New Orléans.

“It is frustrating. It’s foreign territory for us,” Hill said. “This is my fifth year and I haven’t experienced anything like this since I’m a Saint.”

Dak Prescott passed 238 yards and touched the ball 1 yard to Michael Gallup.

Prescott was tackled by Marshon Lattimore midway through the fourth round, but the Cowboys canceled out that revenue when Jourdan Lewis hit Hill’s arm as he released the ball and Damontae Kazee blocked it.

It was the first of three late Dallas intercepts. The Saints’ next trip stalled ahead of the pick of Trevon Diggs, his league leader. And Watkins’ intercept happened shortly after.

“Once the ball was in the air, our boys went and got it,” said Parsons, whose 10th sacking of the season also ended a threat to the Saints early in the fourth quarter. “We did our best to stop them. I mean, he went outside the box and we were looking for ways to slow him down and get the ball back. ”

Saints receiver Deonte Harris turned a short pass into a TD at 70 yards to seal the game’s final score.

SLOW STAR

The Saints started slowly throughout their slide and this game was no exception as they failed to score in the first half for the fifth game in a row.

The Saints’ first scoring threat came on the second drive, but Brett Maher’s 56-yard effort went wide of the right post.

Dallas broke through in his third possession, marked by Prescott’s 41-yard pass through the center to Amari Cooper and a side pass to Lamb, going 33 yards for New Orleans 1. Prescott then tossed. a blur shot into the right corner, where Gallup made a great leap, twirling the ball past cornerback Bradley Roby and narrowly touching both feet.

The Saints forced it by catching Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s 24-yard TD early in the second half, but never took the lead.

After Greg Zuerlein’s 55-yard goal put Dallas 10-7 ahead, the Saints threatened late in the second half as they drove to Dallas 26. But Hill’s pass to the left sideline was missed by receiver Kenny Stills wobbled and was stopped in 5th by Jayron Kearse, who dived to catch the vibrating ball while trailing his toes across the grass before falling out of bounds.

The game continued to close into the third half, when Pollard gave Dallas a 20-10 advantage by slicing the ball in the bottom area and accelerating away from the others.

Illnesses

Dallas did not report any injuries during the game.

Saints: Hours before the game, the Saints lined up defense Tanoh Kpassagnon as the injured substitute after he missed the previous two games with an ankle injury. … Juwan Johnson injured his neck after making a 27-yard catch near the end of the first half.

NEXT

Cowboys: Visit Washington on December 12.

Saints: Visit the New York Jets on December 12.

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