• Impact player: New Orleans running back Darren Sproles caught four passes for 68 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown on his 5-yard draw up the middle.
• Highlights: The Dolphins steamrolled to a field goal on their first drive of the game with Lamar Miller running four times for 33 yards, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill broke a 26-yarder off a read option. The defensive line crushed the Saints run game after the first possession of the game.
• Lowlights: The Dolphins looked defensively helpless on the Saints’ first possession. And that zone-blocked run wide with Daniel Thomas on third-and-inches that turned a potential touchdown drive into a Caleb Sturgis’ field goal was just dumb.
• Impact player: Tannehill’s two turnovers, a fumble and an interception, led to both Saints touchdowns of the quarter.
• Highlights: Down 14-3 and on the ropes, the Dolphins got an 81-yard drive that started with a 10-yard Miller run. It also included a 50-yard catch, juke and run by Marcus Thigpen and ended with a 5-yard Miller run.
• Lowlights: Tannehill got the ball punched out while he was scrambling and that led to a Saints’ touchdown catch by tight end Jimmy Graham. Sproles turned a screen into a third-and-20 conversion on the way to that score. Tannehill’s interception with 1:23 left in the half that led to Sproles’ 13-yard touchdown catch and a 21-10 Saints halftime lead.
• Impact player: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees guided one touchdown drive and struck by going 5 for 5, then threw lightning with a touchdown pass to Graham, the entirety of a 43-yard drive.
• Highlights: The lights stayed on. Hey, didn’t happen the last nationally televised night game in the Superdome. The drive to first-and-goal at the end of the quarter came with the score already 35-10.
• Lowlights: Three-and-out to open the quarter for the offense followed by the systematic Saints drive to a 28-10 lead. Brees hit Graham up the seam for a 43-yard touchdown, a 35-10 deficit for the Dolphins and that was the ballgame.
• Impact player: Tannehill again. He threw a touchdown pass, but he also threw a poor interception. Another bad quarter because of turnovers.
• Highlights: Tannehill’s 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charles Clay kept at least some fantasy football players happy. But at this point, the game had been pretty much over.
• Lowlights: The final comment on the night for Tannehill-to- Mike Wallace was Tannehill missing Wallace over the middle, the ball bouncing off a Saints defender and being intercepted by Chris Carr. The Saints reduced the playbook to screens and flares and the Dolphins still had trouble stopping them.