Jets shock Saints to revive playoff hopes

By on November 4, 2013
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Geno Smith and the Jets recover from last week’s disaster in Cincinnati by beating the NFC South-leading Saints.


After losing by 40 points to the Bengals, the Jets came home and beat one of the best teams in the league. Naturally.

The Jets (5-4) knocked off the Saints (6-2) 26-20 at MetLife Stadium Sunday on the heels of a terrific ground game and some big defensive plays. The win dramatically increases the Jets’ playoff chances as they head into their bye week as they face a relatively soft schedule for their final seven games of the season.

Chris Ivory punishes his former team by rushing for 139 yards and one touchdown.

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Chris Ivory punishes his former team by rushing for 139 yards and one touchdown.

Rex Ryan continued to his professional unbeaten streak against his brother, Rob Ryan, who couldn’t contain former Saint Chris Ivory.

The Jets struck first. After Demario Davis picked off Drew Brees on a deflected pass by Dawan Landry, Nick Folk hit his 20th field goal of the season. The small lead didn’t last long, as the Saints struck back with 2:55 left in the first quarter when Jimmy Graham badly burned Jaiquawn Jarrett, catching a 51-yard touchdown pass that included the tight end dragging the safety for the last several yards before the goal line.

In the second quarter, the secondary gave up it’s second big play of the day when Antonio Cromartie tripped while covering Robert Meachem, who caught a 60-yard pass from Brees. The Saints quickly thereafter converted the opportunity into six points when Graham caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with Cromartie marking him. The second-quarter score put the Saints ahead 14-6.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan still can't figure out how to beat twin brother Rex.

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Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan still can’t figure out how to beat twin brother Rex.

Chris Ivory claimed all week he wasn’t extra focused to beat his former team, but he certainly played like he was. Ivory exploded for 93 first-half yards and scored on a three-yard run with 2:43 left in the half to put the Jets behind by just one.

As the Saints began what seemed like the final drive of the half, Cromartie picked off Brees on a tipped ball by Nick Toon, just getting both his feet in before running out of bounds. The Jets took advantage of the turnover, as Geno Smith juked Cameron Jordan on a QB run for a three-yard score that put the Jets up 20-14 heading into the half.

After trading field goals in the third, Nick Folk kept his perfect streak alive by hitting a 45-yard field goal with 11:56 left in the game, putting Gang Green up by two scores at 26-17.

The Jets were handed some tough luck in the fourth quarter when Josh Bush was flagged for a low hit on Brees on what would have been a third down stop. Replays clearly showed that Bush’s hit was clean, but the Jets stopped the Saints later on 4th and short when Sean Payton curious ran an end-around to tight end Josh Hill.

With 3:06 left, Hartley hit kicked a 43-yarder, reducing the Jets lead to 26-20. After a quick three-and-out by the Jets, the Saints took the ball back at their own 19 with 1:58 left in the game. The Jets defense held strong, however, and the Saints never threatened in their final chance.

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