4:15 PM ET, October 25, 2009
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
Saints recover from Brees' three interceptions, five sacks to improve to 6-0
MIAMI -- Drew Brees emerged from the locker room with a fresh cut under his chin and another between his eyebrows.He made the Miami Dolphins look worse.
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The Dolphins once again found a way to dominate an opponent for large stretches of a game and lose. Not just lose, but lose spectacularly, writes Gene Wojciechowski. Story
New Orleans dominated the second half, crumpling up Miami's hopes like a candy wrapper, writes Tim Graham. Blog
Dolphins QB Chad Henne did a good job of managing the game in the first half, but as it turned into a shootout later in the game, Henne struggled to keep up.
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• The Saints rallied from a 24-3 deficit in the second quarter to improve to 6-0.
• New Orleans outscored Miami 36-10 in the second half, totaling 302 yards compared to the Dolphins' 159 yards after halftime.
• Drew Brees threw three interceptions after having just two in his first five games combined. Brees also rushed for two touchdowns for the first time in his career.
• Darren Sharper returned an interception for a touchdown for the 11th time in his career, one less than the NFL record.
• Ricky Williams rushed for three touchdowns for the second time in his career. Williams' 68-yard touchdown run is the longest run of his career.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Saints DT Sedrick Ellis left the game with a sprained right knee, and FB Heath Evans hurt his right leg. ... Dolphins CB Will Allen was sidelined by a knee injury. ... Miami's wildcat netted 30 yards in 14 plays. ... Carney became the fourth NFL player to score 2,000 points.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||4.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||4-5||3-6|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||2||0|
|TD||7:25||Ricky Williams 4 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 4 yds, 0:00
|FG||5:10||John Carney 46 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, -7 yds, 2:14
|TD||4:58||Ricky Williams 68 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 63 yds, 0:19
|FG||11:25||Dan Carpenter 32 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 46 yds, 7:24
|TD||9:02||Ronnie Brown 8 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 19 yds, 2:04
|TD||0:05||Drew Brees 1 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 51 yds, 1:36
|TD||14:10||Darren Sharper 42 Yard Interception Return (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -1 yds, 1:04
|FG||6:04||Dan Carpenter 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:18
|TD||1:15||Marques Colston 10 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yds, 4:50
|TD||0:07||Ricky Williams 4 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 71 yds, 1:06
|TD||13:33||Reggie Bush 10 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 1:40
|TD||8:38||Drew Brees 2 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is No Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 4:17
|FG||3:27||John Carney 20 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 4:38
|TD||2:06||Tracy Porter 54 Yard Interception Return (Drew Brees Pass to Marques Colston For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yds, 1:30