GLENDAL, Ariz. ( Associated Press) — Marco Wilson and Isaiah Simmons scored at interceptions late in the first half as the Arizona Cardinals secured a 42-34 win over the Saints from New Orleans on Thursday.
The Cardinals (3-4) broke an eight-game losing streak at home, the longest in the franchise since 1958.
The game was tied 14–14 when Saints quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass that, when intercepted, changed the course of the game during the span of just one minute, on consecutive series.
The first was not necessarily the quarterback’s fault. The second seemed unforgivable.
Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway swung the ball into the hands of Wilson, who ran 38 yards into the end zone, diving below the goal line to make it 20–14 for Arizona.
The second interception came when Dalton tried to drop down the center of the field. Simmons secured the ball with Mayo and scrambled 56 yards from the right flank to score.
Cardinals fans, who hadn’t seen a win against the Texans since October 24 last year, rejoiced loudly.
“For the first time in the entire season, we were able to play with an advantage, and we took advantage of that,” coach Cliff Kingsbury said. “It definitely helped.”
There was a time when Kingsbury was caught on TV cameras arguing with quarterback Kyler Murray. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins was trying to calm things down.
Murray’s message to his enraged coach was: “Calm down, we’re fine. We’ll do it right”.
Murray and the Cardinals defense kept the promise.
After two touchdown interceptions, Arizona was in control. The Saints (2-5) closed within 28-7 at the start of the third quarter, but Kyler Murray found Greg Dort for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Cards a 35-17 lead.