Whatever happened to the Saints in a sluggish loss to Cowboys, it might cost them dearly

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The consequences of the New Orleans Saints’ loss on Thursday night are easy to figure out. It’s possible they go 14-2 and don’t even get the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

The Saints came into Dallas 10-1 but had no margin for error because the Los Angeles Rams were also 10-1. There’s still a long way to go this regular season, but the Rams are back in the lead for the No. 1 seed in the NFC after the Saints had a shockingly flat 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It was a big win for the Cowboys, who are still in the driver’s seat of the NFC East. In terms of figuring out who might win this year’s Super Bowl, the Saints’ side of the story is more important.

The Saints aren’t unbeatable at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but close. It’s a much tougher task if the Saints have to go to the Los Angeles Coliseum for an NFC championship game, if both teams get that far.

Losses happen in the NFL, especially a road game on a Thursday night against a solid team like Dallas. But the Saints might not have been able to afford it in a tight NFC race.

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