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Game recap: Miami Dolphins 16, New Orleans Saints 13

Saints end preseason 2-2, turn attention to 'Monday Night Football' opener

Check out the best photos on the field from the Saints preseason battle against the Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The 2019 preseason came to an end for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the Miami Dolphins won a battle of reserves 16-13.

Now the real work begins.

The Saints have to trim their roster to 53 players by Saturday afternoon and then they will begin preparations for the season opener Sept. 9 on "Monday Night Football" against the Houston Texans at the Superdome. Expectations are high for a team that has won back-to-back NFC South titles and was one blown call away from playing in last season's Super Bowl and nothing that happened in preseason has changed that. The Saints went 2-2 but more important ended the preseason slate relatively healthy.

None of the team's starters played against the Dolphins as Teddy Bridgewater started at quarterback. After going 9 for 13 for 83 yards and a touchdown pass he was replaced by Taysom Hill, who again looked sharp. Hill was 13 for 17 for 100 yards and led the team on a 65-yard scoring drive capped by a 1-yard scoring dive from running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Hill almost led the Saints to victory but the final drive ended with a fourth down incompletion from the 6-yard line.

In the first half, the Dolphins (3-1) scored first on two Jason Sanders field goals, one from 46 yards and the other from 26, and then added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Reece Horn with 17 seconds left in the half to re-gain the lead.

The Saints' scoring drive was sparked by a 43-yard Bridgewater completion to Lil'Jordan Humphrey and ended on a 12-yard touchdown reception by Emmanuel Butler.

You can get full stats for Thursday's game here.