The Dolphins made the most of a game they didn't want to play Friday night, beating the New Orleans Saints 20-19 despite missing eight players who didn't make the trip because they couldn't be alerted about a change of plans after it first was decided the game would be canceled.
Among the prominent players not making the trip were wide receiver Chris Chambers
, defensive tackle Larry Chester
, wide receiver Antonio Freeman and tight end Donald Lee
The Dolphins also rested guys like Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor and Patrick Surtain.
But the Dolphins still managed to win thanks to a solid defensive effort that included two takeaways that set up scores and seven sacks, including three by defensive end Ronald Flemons.
A sack by T.J. Bingham forced a Todd Bouman that was recovered by Corey Jenkins and set up one of two Olindo Mare field goals.
And Arturo Freeman's 78-yard interception return in the first quarter set up the first score of the game, a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jay Fiedler to Marty Booker.
The Dolphins clinched the victory when New Orleans went for a two-point conversion in the final two minutes and J.T. O'Sullivan's pass was incomplete.
The Dolphins took a 20-13 lead with just under 10 minutes left when Sage Rosenfels converted a fourth-and-4 with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Gilmore, who led the Dolphins with four receptions.
Running back Leonard Henry led the running game with a strong effort.