Brees Overcomes Huge Deficit, Saints Remain Undefeated
For the 1st time this season, it looked like the Saints were going to lose. After the Miami Dolphins jumped out to a 24-3 lead in the middle of the second quarter, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints marched down the field 51 yards. One play later, Brees ran it up the middle for a 1-yard TD to close the gap to 24-10 at halftime. At the beginning at the third quarter, the Saints came in fired up, and forced three bad plays. The last one was a Chad Henne pass intended for Ted Ginn that was intercepted by Darren Sharper and taken to the house for a quick six.
After the 3rd quarter, it was all New Orleans’ football. They scored 22 unanswered points in the 4th to cruise to a 46-34 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Brees told the Associated Press, “there was no doubt on our sideline we would come back and win.” Brees added, “They had given us their best shot, and we had played about as bad as we could play. All we had to do was string together a few drives and gain the momentum back. We knew it was going to happen, and it did.”
Brees scored three times, two on the ground and one through the air. For the 4th time this season, the Saints eclipsed 40 points and Brees threw for 298 yards.
“With Drew Brees, it’s like the score is 0-0,” Miami cornerback Vontae Davis said. “We knew they would come back and that it would be a tough game.”
Miami had the chance to get ahead of the Saints, but their drive was stopped at the Miami 41 when Chad Henne was picked off for the 2nd time by Tracy Porter to put the game out of reach for the Dolphins.
“This was our game to win,” Miami’s Ricky Williams said. “We fought and we fought. They just fought harder at the end.”
Ricky Williams carried the ball nine times and had three of Miami’s TDs. Williams had 80 yards on the ground with a long of 68. Miami’s other tailback, Ronnie Brown, carried the ball fourteen times for 48 yards and 1 TD.
Feature photo by bleacherreport.com, bottom photo by www.nflgridirongab.com