NFL: New Orleans Saints move to 4-0 after handing Miami Dolphins first loss
Last Updated: 01/10/13 7:55am
Darren Sproles: Scored two touchdowns and finished with 114 receiving yards
The New Orleans Saints maintained their perfect start to the season after cruising to a 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
In a clash between two teams which started the season 3-0, the home side proved far too strong at the Superdome as Drew Brees threw for 413 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The Saints notched a further touchdown on the ground through Darren Sproles, who also finished as the game's leading receiver with 114 yards and a score.
Both Sproles scores came in the first half with Jimmy Graham also adding a touchdown to make it 21-10 at the break, Lamar Miller providing the Dolphins' response.
But any hopes of a Miami comeback were ended in the third quarter as tight end duo Benjamin Watson and Graham both caught scores to kill off the contest.
Second-year Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill endured his worst performance of the season so far as he threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and only added a touchdown pass to Charles Clay in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans' unbeaten start to the 2013 campaign is in stark contrast to their situation one year ago, when they slipped to 0-4 at the beginning of the season in the wake of head coach Sean Payton's 'Bountygate' suspension.
"We like this a lot better. Everything that could have gone wrong for us went wrong (last season)," Brees said. "Fortunately, we're having the ball bounce our way this year. We're playing good football."
The Saints are already well ahead of the 1-2 Carolina Panthers at the top of the NFC South at this early stage of the season. Miami failed to keep pace with the unbeaten New England Patriots in the AFC East.