The last time the Miami Dolphins played the New Orleans Saints the Dolphins were embarrassed on their home field.
The Dolphins were in year two of the Chad Henne experiment and the wildcat was still on the loose. The Saints marched into Land Shark Stadium with a 5-0 record on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.
The Dolphins jumped out early with a direct snap to running back Ricky Williams for a 4 yard touchdown, after a Tyrone Culver interception. Three minutes later Ricky breaks a 68 yard run for a touchdown. He would tie his career best with three on the day.
The Dolphins were up by 14 points going into the second half and had intercepted Drew Brees twice.
However, the second half belonged to the Saints. They opened the second half with a 42 yard interception return for a touchdown by Darren Sharper. Our friend Reggie Bush got in on the action with a 10 yard reverse for a score and Brees emphatically “dunked” on the goal post after a 2 yard sneak for the TD.
"There are times in the game when a team just needs an emotional lift," he said. "I felt like I had to do something to get everybody hyped. The first thing that came to mind was to dunk it."
The Saints shut out the Dolphins in the fourth quarter 22-0. Chad Henne’s fourth quarter interception to Tracy Porter for a touchdown sealed the Dolphins fate. The inability to close games out has plagued this team for years.
The Saints overcame four turnovers and flat out embarrassed Miami, 46-34. I still remember writhing in disappointment as the Dolphins squandered away a sure victory. It was bad. See for yourself.
But that was then. The Dolphins have a chance to return the favor. They come into Monday night’s game having scored more points through three games than the high powered Saints. No more Chad Henne. Ryan Tannehill is showing improvement ahead of schedule and gaining confidence with every game. The defense has also shown improvement by creating turnovers and being stingy in the red zone. As long as the Dolphins can grind this game out with the run and the defense doesn’t give up the big play to the tightend, the Dolphins can be 4-0.