Hill accounts for 4 TDs, Saints top Seahawks 39-32

Taysom Hill ran for three touchdowns, including a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter, and threw for another score, and the Saints defeated the Seahawks 39-32.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Taysom Hill ran for three touchdowns, including a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter, and threw for another score, and the New Orleans Saints slipped in three games with a 39-32 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Hill, a versatile player listed as a tight end this season, also rushed for touchdowns of 8 and 9 yards and completed the only pass he attempted this season for a 22-yard score to fellow athlete Adam Trautman to achieve.

Alvin Kamara returned from his rib injury and contributed 194 yards from scrimmage for New Orleans (2-3), with 103 yards rushing and 91 receiving.

Andy Dalton, starting his second straight game in place of the injured Jameis Winston, completed 16 of 24 passes for 187 yards with a TD pass and an interception. Rookie receiver Chris Olave caught Dalton’s only goal pass early in the third quarter, but Olave’s head was slammed into the game’s end zone turf and he didn’t return.

The game was characterized by big moves and dramatic swing changes. There were six lead changes, five touchdowns over 35 yards or more, and even two 56-yard field goals—one for each team.

Geno Smith’s exceptional first season as a starter for Seattle (2-3) continued, but wasn’t enough to overcome a defense that was struggling and has now allowed at least 27 points four times, including 39 or more twice.

Smith passed for 268 yards and three points, hitting DK Metcalf for a 50-yard TD and Tyler Lockett for touchdowns of 35 and 40 yards.

The Seahawks took a 32-31 lead when Kenneth Walker rushed for a 69-yard TD. But the Saints went forward again shortly after on Hill’s long run.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Hill finished with 112 rushing yards on nine carries, becoming only the third NFL player since 1970 to rush for 100 yards and three TDs while scoring in a game. The others were LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005 and Ronnie Brown from Miami in 2008.

CRUCIAL MISTAKES

Three touchdown drives were established by either fumbles or a turnover on downs.

The first came in a botched special teams game in which Seattle player Michael Dickson ran to the right, apparently trying to execute a rugby-style kick. But Dickson broke and was attacked with his own 13, setting up Hill’s second TD run that put New Orleans 17-10 ahead.

Late in the first half, Kamara’s fumble, restored by Seattle cornerback Tariq Woolen, set up Smith’s first goal for Tyler Lockett in the back of the endzone, with 7 seconds remaining in the first half.

Early in the second half, Metcalf was reported when he was tackled by linebacker Pete Werner after a short catch, and David Onyemata recovered from Saints defensive tackle. That led to Olave’s 16-yard TD that put New Orleans back ahead 24-19.

INJURIES

Seahawks: Defensive tackle Al Woods, who was a menace for much of the first half, left the game with a knee injury. Running back Rashaad Penny left the game with an ankle injury, right guard Gabe Jackson left the game with a hip flexor, and receiver Penny Hart left the game with a hamstring injury.

Saints: Cornerback Marshon Lattimore suffered an abdominal injury in the fourth quarter. Kick returner Deonte Harty left with a foot injury. Olave never returned after appearing to be briefly knocked unconscious on his touchdown catch in the third quarter. Defending Carl Granderson was treated in the second half for an apparent head injury, the severity of which was not immediately clear.

NEXT

Seahawks: Host Arizona on October 16th.

Saints: Host Cincinnati on October 16th.

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