Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints beat the Miami Dolphins 38-17 in a National Football League matchup of undefeated teams.
The Saints scored four touchdowns in five possessions spanning the second and third quarters to open a 35-10 lead. Both teams entered last night’s game at the Superdome in New Orleans at 3-0 after finishing with losing records last season.
Brees connected on 30-of-39 passes for 413 yards for the Saints, who joined the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots with 4-0 records.
“We found our rhythm there mid-second quarter and it just felt like every time we touched the ball we were going to go down and get points,” said Brees, who won his ninth straight “Monday Night Football” start.
Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham scored two touchdowns apiece for New Orleans, which has opened with four straight wins for the fourth time in franchise history and for the first time since their 2009 Super Bowl-winning season.
Brees had at least 25 pass completions for the 10th straight game and more than 300 passing yards for the ninth game in a row, tying his own NFL records in both cases, ESPN said.
The Saints’ 34-year-old quarterback also surpassed Hall of Fame member John Elway for the fourth-most career completions in NFL history. Brees now trails only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.
After Sproles gave the Saints an early 7-0 lead with a five-yard touchdown run, Brees threw scoring passes of 27 yards to Graham and 13 yards to Sproles during the second quarter to give the Saints a 21-10 halftime lead.
Brees then threw a pair of touchdowns less than two minutes apart in the third quarter -- a four-yarder to Benjamin Watson and a 43-yarder to Graham --that pushed New Orleans’s lead to 35-10.