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Saints beat Dolphins 38-17

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches the first of his two touchdowns, this one a 27-yarder over Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor.

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches the first of his two touchdowns, this one a 27-yarder over Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor.

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees continued his run as Mr. Monday Night, passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints turned a clash of unbeaten teams into a lopsided affair, 38-17 over the Dolphins.

The Saints have won their past nine Monday night games, all with Brees at quarterback.

This time, two of his touchdowns went to Jimmy Graham, 27 and 43 yards, as the tight end surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third straight game. The others went to Benjamin Watson and Darren Sproles, who also ran for a touchdown.

"I felt like we found our rhythm," Brees said. "Every time we touched the ball, it felt like we were going to … score points."

Brees completed his first three passes for 70 yards. In doing so, he passed Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for sixth in NFL history. He finished with 43,373, and is 5,952 behind fifth-place Warren Moon and 28,465 behind record-holder Brett Favre.

Brees' eighth completion gave him 4,124, surpassing John Elway for fourth all time. He finished with 4,146, 821 behind third-place Dan Marino and 2,154 behind first-place Favre.

Ryan Tannehill committed four turnovers, a fumble and three interceptions, for Miami.

Down 7-3 early, Tannehill was stripped by linebacker Curtis Lofton on a scramble. Safety Rafael Bush recovered at the Saints 38. On the ensuing series, Graham made a leaping, juggling catch as three defenders converged on him for a touchdown.

Later in the second quarter, cornerback Jabari Greer intercepted Tannehill and returned it 22 yards to the Miami 23. Soon after, Sproles made a catch along the left sideline, spun away from a converging defender and scored with 55 seconds left to make it 21-10.

Saints beat Dolphins 38-17 09/30/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:40am]
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