The Cowboys converted the turnover into a clock-beating field goal and took a 13-7 halftime lead.
Then, in the third quarter, with the Saints having pulled to within 13-10, the Saints took over at their own 21-yard line with 8:26 left after forcing a Dallas punt.
On first down, New Orleans opened with an 11-yard pass from Hill to Deonte Harris for a good start to the drive. But tight end Garrett Griffin received a personal foul penalty for a blindside block to wipe out the play – Griffin picked up a blitzing Kearse off the right edge and blocked Kearse before Kearse could get to Hill – and from there, the Saints were behind the sticks.
The first-and-21 from the 10 eventually led to a punt, and Dallas scored a touchdown on its next possession – a 58-yard scoring run by Tony Pollard capped the four-play drive.
Dallas took a 20-10 lead, and that would be enough points for the Cowboys on Thursday night.