Defense lifts Dallas to 27-17 victory over sinking Saints

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) works in the pocket against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) runs past New Orleans Saints linebacker Pete Werner (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

NEW ORLEANS — Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to step in for Mike McCarthy as acting head coach and enjoyed the sideline view as the unit he normally oversees lifted the Cowboys out of their recent swoon with a slew of big plays.