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Saints' second half propels them to shutout win vs. Dolphins

LONDON (AP) Alvin Kamara wasn't sold on it when the New Orleans Saints installed a shovel pass at practice during the week. On Sunday, he became a believer.

Kamara scored a touchdown on that very play, taking Drew Brees' left-handed toss 12 yards to the end zone, and the Saints used it to punctuate their 20-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins on a rainy afternoon at Wembley Stadium.

A rookie out of Tennessee, Kamara finished with a season-high 96 all-purpose yards, including 71 receiving, and had Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael to thank.

''That's one of those special plays where we're like, `All right, we're practicing it, but are we going to run it?''' said Kamara, who scored with 3:57 remaining. ''We dialed it up and ran it.''

Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, with Michael Thomas catching the other, as New Orleans (2-2) picked up the first shutout in 19 games held in Britain's capital.

It was the first time the Saints didn't allow a point since Dec. 16, 2012, a 41-0 win against Tampa Bay. Miami (1-2) finished with 186 total yards - its fewest since its last shutout, a 19-0 loss at Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2013.

''The defense got a shutout,'' Brees said. ''Offensively, we sustained drives. We did all the things you need to do for winning football.''

It was expected to be a big homecoming for the Dolphins' Jay Ajayi, who was born in the city, but the running back finished with 46 yards on 12 carries.

Jay Cutler completed 20 of 28 passes for 164 yards with an interception for Miami, which has now scored only once in its last eight quarters - a touchdown on the final play of a loss at the New York Jets in Week 3.

''On offense, we need to have some pride in ourselves, some respect for ourselves,'' Ajayi said. ''Put some points on the board. We're not doing that. We need to get back to what we know we can do.''

The teams threatened to have the first scoreless opening half since Week 14 of the 2011 season until Saints kicker Will Lutz connected from 43 yards with no time remaining.

Lutz made two other field goals, a 43-yarder and a 45-yarder, and Thomas, who had eight catches for 89 yards, caught a 4-yard pass from Brees to push the score to 10-0 in the third quarter.

STREIF'S STRIFE: Saints right tackle Zach Streif, active despite missing time in practice during the week with a knee injury, left the game after sustaining a knee injury on the first play of the fourth quarter when a Dolphins defender fell on his legs. He did not return.

Also leaving the game injured were Saints TE Josh Hill (concussion) and LB Alex Anzalone (shoulder), and Dolphins LB Mike Hull (shoulder), none of whom returned.

The Dolphins were also without cornerback Byron Maxwell, who injured a hamstring in the team's walk-through on Saturday and was replaced by rookie Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round pick out of Clemson who was inactive for the Dolphins' first two games.

HOMETOWN HEARTBREAK: Ajayi, who was with the Dolphins for their last international trek in 2015 but did not play because of an injury, expected 30 to 40 family members to attend the game, including his three younger siblings, all of whom were born in the United States and had never before been to London.

''This was all that mattered for the trip, this game on Sunday,'' Ajayi said. ''Regardless of anything else I did these last couple of days, this was the primary objective, and we didn't get that done.''

FLAGS FLYING: The teams combined for 19 penalties, 11 by the Dolphins, with five called in a four-minute span at the end of the second quarter. Saints coach Sean Payton was not pleased. ''Don't get me going here,'' he joked after the game. ''I'm in a good mood.''

CRAWLEY'S CATCH: With P.J. Williams taken out of the starting lineup as punishment for a violation of team rules, cornerback Ken Crawley made the most of his second consecutive start, intercepting Cutler on a fade intended for tight end Julius Thomas to end the game's opening drive. ''I saw it,'' Crawley said, dismissively. ''It's a tight end ... and I just played the fade.''

UP NEXT

Saints: A Week 5 bye means they'll next be in action at home against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 15.

Dolphins: The home debut, at last, against the Tennessee Titans - Miami's latest opener since 1987.

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Key Players
D. Brees 9 QB
268 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 3 RuYds
22
FPTS
D. Parker 11 WR
69 ReYds, 6 RECs
6
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:57
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
20
0
Touchdown 3:57
D.Brees pass short middle to A.Kamara for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
87
yds
5:41
pos
19
0
Field Goal 12:32
W.Lutz 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
12
plays
34
yds
6:37
pos
13
0
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:01
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 9:01
D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
77
yds
5:59
pos
9
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
W.Lutz 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:28 25:32
1st Downs 22 11
Rushing 4 3
Passing 16 7
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 6-13 1-8
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 347 186
Total Plays 70 47
Avg Gain 5.0 4.0
Net Yards Rushing 86 58
Rush Attempts 28 15
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 3.9
Net Yards Passing 261 128
Comp. - Att. 29-41 20-28
Yards Per Pass 6.4 4.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 4-36
Penalties - Yards 8-71 11-90
Touchdowns 2 0
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 3-47.0 6-43.8
Return Yards 49 54
Punts - Returns 3-26 2-9
Kickoffs - Returns 1-23 2-45
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/5 0/0
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 2/3 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 0-1 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 2-2 0371020
Dolphins 1-2 00000
261 PASS YDS 128
86 RUSH YDS 58
347 TOTAL YDS 186
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.7% 268 2 0 104.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.1% 1135 8 0 108.3
D. Brees 29/41 268 2 0 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 170 0
M. Ingram 14 45 0 8 5
A. Kamara 41 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 83 1
A. Kamara 5 25 0 12 15
T. Ginn 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 29 0
T. Ginn 1 9 0 9 2
A. Peterson 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 81 0
A. Peterson 4 4 0 4 0
D. Brees 9 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
D. Brees 4 3 0 2 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 89 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 310 2
M. Thomas 11 8 89 1 30 14
A. Kamara 41 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 10 71 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 147 1
A. Kamara 10 10 71 1 16 15
B. Coleman 16 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 137 2
B. Coleman 1 1 31 0 31 3
T. Ginn 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 146 1
T. Ginn 2 2 25 0 21 2
C. Fleener 82 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 129 2
C. Fleener 4 2 21 0 12 2
M. Ingram 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 125 0
M. Ingram 8 4 17 0 8 5
M. Hoomanawanui 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 21 0
M. Hoomanawanui 2 1 13 0 13 1
T. Lewis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 84 0
T. Lewis 2 1 1 0 1 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Williams 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 1 0.0
M. Williams 6-0 0.0 0 0
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-1 0 0.0
M. Lattimore 5-0 0.0 0 1
K. Vaccaro 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
K. Vaccaro 4-0 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 1 0.0
K. Crawley 4-0 0.0 1 0
A. Klein 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-8 0 1.0
A. Klein 4-0 1.0 0 0
V. Bell 48 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
V. Bell 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 3.0
C. Jordan 4-0 1.0 0 1
A. Okafor 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 1.0
A. Okafor 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
C. Robertson 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
T. Davison 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Anzalone 47 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 1.0
A. Anzalone 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hardee 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hardee 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Bush 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
R. Bush 1-0 1.0 0 0
N. Stupar 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Stupar 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 1.0
D. Onyemata 1-0 1.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Edmunds 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
10/13 9/9
W. Lutz 2/3 45 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 47.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 48.6 5
T. Morstead 3 47.0 0 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Kamara 41 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 24.0 34 0
A. Kamara 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ginn 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 8.7 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 9.0 17 0
T. Ginn 3 8.7 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Cutler 6 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 164 0 1 71.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 614 2 2 80.4
J. Cutler 20/28 164 0 1 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Ajayi 23 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 184 0
J. Ajayi 12 46 0 15 4
K. Drake 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
K. Drake 1 6 0 6 0
J. Cutler 6 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
J. Cutler 1 5 0 5 4
D. Williams 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
D. Williams 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Parker 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 69 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 230 1
D. Parker 8 6 69 0 21 6
J. Landry 14 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 166 0
J. Landry 7 6 40 0 11 4
J. Thomas 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 71 0
J. Thomas 4 2 29 0 23 2
K. Stills 10 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 101 1
K. Stills 3 3 13 0 6 1
J. Ajayi 23 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 21 0
J. Ajayi 1 1 8 0 8 4
K. Drake 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 7 0
K. Drake 3 2 5 0 4 0
D. Williams 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
D. Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Timmons 94 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
L. Timmons 6-0 0.0 0 0
B. McCain 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
B. McCain 6-1 0.0 0 0
K. Alonso 47 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 0.0
K. Alonso 5-1 0.0 0 0
R. Jones 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-2 0 0.0
R. Jones 5-0 0.0 0 0
X. Howard 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-1 0 0.0
X. Howard 5-0 0.0 0 0
N. Allen 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
N. Allen 5-0 0.0 0 0
C. Tankersley 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Tankersley 5-0 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
N. Suh 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Wake 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
C. Wake 3-0 1.0 0 0
V. Taylor 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
V. Taylor 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hull 45 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 0.0
M. Hull 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Allen 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 0.0
C. Allen 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Williams 26 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Verner 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Verner 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Hayes 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
W. Hayes 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Denney 92 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Denney 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Godchaux 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Godchaux 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Harris 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Harris 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Haack 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 45.4 3
M. Haack 6 43.8 2 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Grant 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 20.0 23 0
J. Grant 2 22.5 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Landry 14 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 9 0
J. Landry 2 4.5 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:28 NO 20 7:13 14 57 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:26 NO 5 4:08 7 20 Punt
2:48 NO 12 1:05 3 -2 Punt
1:10 50 1:10 8 25 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 23 5:59 11 77 TD
6:50 NO 38 1:01 3 4 Punt
4:09 NO 39 6:37 12 34 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:38 NO 13 5:41 11 87 TD
2:43 MIA 41 1:34 4 9 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIA 15 8:32 12 81 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:15 MIA 31 4:49 7 14 Punt
5:18 MIA 48 2:30 3 -9 Punt
1:43 MIA 22 0:33 4 -10 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:01 MIA 25 2:11 3 9 Punt
5:49 MIA 26 1:40 3 2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:32 MIA 25 2:54 5 7 Punt
3:57 MIA 19 1:14 6 22 Downs
1:09 MIA 32 1:09 4 20 Game