Saints beat Miami !

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By Sports Network
The Sports Network

Rookie Pierre Thomas scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter, as the New Orleans Saints beat Miami, 7-0, in the final preseason matchup for both teams.

Thomas ran for 81 yards and caught two passes for 47 more, as the Saints (3-2) used a dominating defense in a game that had sparse starters for both squads. Antonio Pittman ran for 77 yards in the win.

Veteran backup Jamie Martin complete 11-of-15 passes for 136 yards for the Saints, who will open the regular season next Thursday night at Indianapolis. It will mark the first regular season game in the NFL this year with the defending Super Bowl champion Colts hosting the team that was knocked off by the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game.

John Beck connected on 8-of-15 passes for 63 yards and was picked off twice for the Dolphins (2-2), who will start their season at Washington September 9. Miami was limited to 121 yards of offense as the Saints came up with four interceptions.

Thomas’ 38-yard gain helped the Saints to the game’s only score on the initial drive.

Beck drove the Dolphins to the Saints 13 in the closing minutes of the game, but was sacked on third down. He then threw incomplete on fourth down inside of two minutes, and the Saints ran out the clock.

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