FINE PRESEASON FINISH

The Dolphins wrapped up — mercifully — their preseason schedule Thursday night with an impressive 24-10 victory over the New Orleans at the Louisiana Superdome.

The Dolphins' three touchdowns came via the pass, with two Sage Rosenfels throwing two and Jay Fiedler connecting with Derrius Thompson on a 14-yard scoring play to give the Dolphins an early 7-0 lead.

The Thompson touchdown came one play after Fiedler connected with Chris Chambers on a 38-yard completion down the right sideline, the first-team offense's first long completion of the preseason.

Rosenfels' TD passes went to fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo and rookie tight end Donald Lee. Both were 1-yard tosses on first-and-goal.

The Dolphins' other points came courtesy of a 46-yard field goal by Olindo Mare right before halftime. Mare also missed a 51-yard attempt in the third quarter when his kick came up short.

The Dolphins put the game away late in the second quarter with Lee's touchdown and Mare's field goal, which was set up by Ayanbadejo's fumble recovery on a kickoff.

The Dolphins running game had a good night, with Travis Minor, Leonard Henry and Robert Edwards all putting up good numbers.

New Orleans' only touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from Todd Bouman to Michael Lewis in the second quarter and tied the score at 7-7 until the Dolphins took charge with 17 points the rest of the quarter.

The Dolphins didn't score in the second half with Lon Sheriff at quarterback, but it didn't matter.

As expected, the starters were out of the game by the middle of the first quarter, although Seth McKinney played into the second half.


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