|Saints Survive Dolphins for 6-0 Record
|After falling behind 24-3 on a steamy Sunday, the undefeated Saints made believers by outscoring
Miami 43-10 in the final 30 minutes, to win 46-34 at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
"Who dat going to beat them Saints?" Maybe nobody this season.
At halftime, Saints coach Sean Payton told his shell-shocked team, "This is a four-quarters game."
The Saints coaching staff made changes at the halftime that the Dolphins (2-4) couldn't handle.
The Saints in the second half pushed eight men up to stop the Fins' Wildcat running of Ricky
Williams and Ronnie Brown, brought up a safety, and dared Miami to pass against single coverage.
The result was that the Fins rushed for 120 yards in the first half and only 17 in the second.Miami
needed to pass and fell flat.
Darren Sharper and Tracy Porter returned Chad Henne interceptions for touchdowns. The second
half was a nightmare for Miami as the Saints scored 43 of the game's final 53 point.
Just before the half, the Saints wanted to add a field goal. At Miami's 1, but with no timeouts
remaining and the clock evaporating, Miami called a timeout. The Saints switched their field goal
unit for their offense and Drew Brees dove in for a touchdown and the Saints pulled with in 24-10.
and reclaimed momentum heading into the half.
"We called a timeout to be in the right personnel," said Miami coach Tony Sparano.
There have never been three unbeaten NFL teams this latein a season. There three: Saints, Colts
and Broncos with the Vikings falling on Sunday to the Steelers. I don't believe these two teams
canmatch Drew Brees and company. point for point
|10/26/09: Saints Notes
Brees, facing pressure from the Dolphins' rush in the first half, completed 28-of-38 passes for 298
yards with one touchdown to Maques Colston. He was intercepted 3 times, but he ran for two
The Saints have scored 238 points through six games, two points shy of averaging 40 a game. They
are on a pace to 635 this season, which would obliterate New England's 2007 NFL record of 589.
In it's next four games, the Saints play Atlanta (4-2) and Carolina (2-4) at the Superdome, and then
travel to winless St. Louis (0-7) and Tampa Bay (0-7). The Falcons are in second place in the NFC
South two games behind the Saints and could give the Saints a tough time. But with all the weapons
Brees has, and the Saints ' defense, it's hard to see the Saints losing agaisnt these teams.
In Week 12, the Saints have a Superdome showdown with New England.
Jeremy "Rambo" Shockey ran like a beast after catching a Brees pass and rumbling 66 yards,
stiff-arming defenders along the way. Shockey played college football at Miami. He had 4 catches for
104 yards, his most as a Saint.
Darren Sharper's deflected interception return, the 13th interceptions return touchdown of his
13-year career, to start the second half made it 24-17 and the rout was on.
Mike Bell didn't play in the first half, but he wore down the Fins in the second with 80 yards on 12
carries, including a 35-yard run. He ran harder than Pierre Thomas (8-30) and Reggie Bush (3-10).
Ex-Saint Ricky Williams scored three touchdowns for the Dolphins, including a 68-yard dash.
Neither revenge against his former team nor his career-record dash resulted in Williams being
"I just hit the crease," said Williams. "We didn't play four quarters."
"There was never a doubt that we wouldn't come back," said Brees. "No matter what the score is, we
always believe we can come back and win."
This game marked the first time this season had to come from behind and didn't score on their first
This game was a "trap" for the Saints.
They had played one their best games ever against the Giants the week before and took apart New
York, 48-27. The Saints might have trouble "getting up" for Miami with a Monday night game against
the division rival Falcons the next weekend.
The Saints have just begun to march. An unbeaten season? The NFL had a winless team last
season in Detroit. The odds are very much against it.