Miami Dolphins 20-3 New Orleans Saints: Jaylen Waddle and defense shines as Dolphins make NFL history with seventh straight win | NFL News

Miami’s Jaylen Waddle leads with 10 receptions for 92 yards that bring his seasonal haul to 941, beating Chris Chambers’ rookie record for yards received in 2001; Saints quarterback Ian Book throws for 135 yards and two interceptions on his debut as the Dolphins win their seventh straight game.

Last updated: 28/12/21 7:32

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Highlights from the week 16 match between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints

Highlights from the week 16 match between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints

The Miami Dolphins, led by their dominant defense, made NFL history on Monday by becoming the first team to lose seven straight games and win seven in a season by beating the New Orleans Saints 20-3 away.

Game history

Miami scored a 28-yard pick-six from Nik Needham, a one-yard touchdown flip from Tua Tagovailoa to Jaylen Waddle, and a couple of Jason Sanders field goals to move up to 8-7 during the year.

The Dolphins’ streak is the second longest in the NFL, after just eight straight wins for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Miami defense had its first eight-sack game since 2012 while New Orleans competed without 22 players due to the COVID-19 protocols.

Miami Dolphins safety Nik Needham intercepts a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book and returns it for a touchdown

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Miami Dolphins safety Nik Needham intercepts a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book and returns it for a touchdown

Miami Dolphins safety Nik Needham intercepts a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book and returns it for a touchdown

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Rookie quarterback Ian Book made his NFL debut and fought the Miami blitz defense, finishing 12 of 20 for 135 yards and two interceptions.

Tagovailoa scored 19 of 26 for 198 yards with an interception and a touchdown.

Waddle received 10 passes for 92 yards, bringing his season total to 96 receptions for 941 yards, beating Chris Chambers’ franchise record for yards received with 883 in 2001.

The second NFL pass of Book’s career resulted in a Dolphins touchdown, Andrew Van Ginkel deflected the pass at the scrimmage line, and Needham turned it into an easy 28-yard interception return to a 7-0 lead in Miami .

On the second possession, Miami extended the lead to 10-0 over Sanders’ field goal from 48 yards after Liam Eichenberg fumbled from Marcus Davenport’s strip-sack on Tagovailoa in the previous game.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mack Hollins completes a 40-yard reception on an excellent pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mack Hollins completes a 40-yard reception on an excellent pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mack Hollins completes a 40-yard reception on an excellent pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

New Orleans hit the scoreboard with 2:45 left in halftime, when a 55-yard drive from eight plays ended with Brett Maher’s 38-yard field goal for Miami at half-time 10-3. .

With 5:10 left in the third quarter, the Miami attack became the first to reach the end zone. It went down like a one-yard scoring pass, but it was actually an end-of-round flip for Waddle, who came back inside to boost Miami’s lead to 17-3.

That touchdown was created by a whopping third and nine games when Tagovailoa conceded a 40-yard pass to Mack Hollins, who made the hold despite apparent defensive interference. Later in the drive, the Dolphins turned a third and two thanks to a passerby penalty.

Sanders’ 34-yard field goal with 12:05 remaining in the quarter gave Miami a 20-3 lead.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle

Leading statistics

dolphins

  • Passes: Tua Tagovailoa, 19/26, 198 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Duke Johnson, 13 courses, 39 yards
  • Reception: Jaylen Waddle, 10 tricks, 92 yards, 1 TD

saints

  • Passes: Ian Book, 12/20, 135 yards, 2 INT
  • Race: Alvin Kamara, 13 courses, 52 yards
  • Reception: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, three holds, 70 yards

Score summary

Score summary

FIRST FOURTH
Dolphins 7-0 saints Nik Needham 28-yard interception return (extra point)
Dolphins 10-0 saints Jason Sanders 48 yard basket
SECOND FOURTH
dolphins 10-3 saints Brett Maher, 38-yard basket
THIRD QUARTER
Dolphins 17-3 saints Tua Tagovailoa 1-yard pass to Jaylen Waddle (extra point)
FOURTH FOURTH
Dolphins 20-3 saints Jason Sanders 34-yard field goal

What’s next?

With Monday’s win, the Dolphins take control of the No. 7 in the AFC to ensure control of his own destiny in the playoffs, with a visit to face the Tennessee Titans and a home match with the New England Patriots to come. Win both of them and you can be sure of a place in the postseason.

The Saints’ (7-8) chances of making it into the NFC top seven seem increasingly slim, although they have winning home matches against the Carolina Panthers and away matches against the Atlanta Falcons in the past couple of weeks that could still change things should. other results go their own way.

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