Linebacker Curtis Lofton forced a Ryan Tannehill fumble which Rafael Bush recovered. The Saints marched down the field and scored on a 27-yard Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham touchdown pass. It was Graham's fifth consecutive game with a TD.
The Dolphins answered with an 81-yard scoring drive capped by a 5-yard TD run by Lamar Miller.
But the Saints came back at the end of the period when cornerback Jabari Greer intercepted Tannehill and returned it 22 yards to the Dolphins' 23-yard line. Brees connected with Darren Sproles on a 13-yard TD to the left flat. It was Sproles' seventh catch of the game for 114 yards.
Key stats: Drew Brees, 15 of 21, 210 yards, two TDs; Darren Sproles, seven catches for 114 yards.