New Orleans 38, Miami 17

Date - 8:40 PM EST, Monday, September 30, 2013
Location - Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Bill Vinocich
Attendance - 73118

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 3 7 0 7 17
New Orleans 7 14 14 3 38

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Miami 3-1 1-0 2-1 L1
New Orleans 4-0 3-0 1-0 W4

Recap


Saints 38, Dolphins 17: Drew Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns as host New Orleans remained unbeaten and handed Miami its first loss.

Darren Sproles had seven catches for 114 yards and a TD and also ran for a score while tight end Jimmy Graham snared touchdown strikes of 27 and 43 yards from Brees, who tied his own NFL record with his ninth consecutive 300-yard performance. Brees finished 30-of-39 to equal his own league mark with his 10th straight game of at least 25 completions for the Saints (4-0).

Ryan Tannehill completed 22-of-35 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, but he also had a key fumble and threw one of his three interceptions in the opening half as the Dolphins (3-1) failed in their bid for their first 4-0 start since 1995. Lamar Miller rushed for 62 yards and a TD for Miami, which saw the game get out of hand when it allowed 21 unanswered points bridging halftime. 

The combination of Sproles and two turnovers by Tannehill helped the Saints to a 21-10 halftime lead. Sproles had a 48-yard reception to set up his own 5-yard scoring run and Graham made a leaping catch in the end zone for a 14-3 advantage midway through the second quarter.

Miller capped an 81-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run to make it 14-10 with 3:35 left in the half, but Tannehill was picked off by Jabari Green on the ensuing possession and Brees capitalized with a 13-yard scoring pass to Sproles. After Miami went three-and-out to start the second half, Brees connected with Benjamin Watson and Graham on a pair of scoring strikes 92 seconds apart to turn it into a 35-10 rout.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Brees reached a number of milestones, moving past Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for sixth place on the all-time passing yards list and surpassing John Elway (4,123) for the fourth-most completions in history. He also had his 21st game with four TD passes, tying Dan Marino for third all time, and 10th 400-yard game - second only to Marino (13). ... Tannehill was sacked four times, pushing his league-high total to 18. He also lost his third fumble and was picked off for the fifth time. ... Graham had four catches for 100 yards to move into a tie with Denver's Wes Welker for the NFL lead with six scoring receptions and join San Diego's Antonio Gates (2010) as the only tight ends in history with six TDs through the first four games of a season.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Miami   New Orleans
Lamar Miller Player Khiry Robinson
11 Attempts 12
62 Yards 37
5.6 Avg Yards 3.1
1 Touchdowns 0
20 Long 11
Receiving
Miami   New Orleans
Brandon Gibson Player Darren Sproles
6 Receptions 7
71 Yards 114
11.8 Avg Yards 16.3
0 Touchdowns 1
28 Long 48

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Miami 331 115 216 2 1 0 2.0 1
New Orleans 465 68 397 5 1 3 4.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Saints have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Baltimore. The Dolphins have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.