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Saints lose 26-20 to Jets, fall to 6-2


"Ryan Bowl Five" went Rex's way once again. Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is now 5-0 in NFL match ups against his brother Rob.

Rob Ryan's unit got victimized by former Saint Chris Ivory. Ivory finished with a 139 yards rushing, including a 3-yard touchdown run.

Ivory was traded by the Saints to the Jets on draft day this year.

The Jets 26-20 victory over the Saints drops them to 6-2 overall, and improves New York to 5-4. Saints lead the NFC South by one game over Carolina.

The Saints offense and special teams started sloppy in the early going. Garrett Hartley missed a 43-yard field goal on the Who-Dats first possession, then Drew Brees threw an interception on the next drive. The Jets only mustered a field goal out of the Saints early miscues.

Brees would right his early wrong on the very next drive for the Saints. He connected with Jimmy Graham for a 51-yard scoring strike to put the Saints ahead 7-3.

The Brees-to-Graham combo would work once again in the second quarter. The tight end beat Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie for a 10-yard touchdown reception to expand the Saints lead 14-6.

Ivory would get his Jets back into the contest right before halftime. The former undrafted free agent scored on a 3-yard touchdown run going in untouched. The score cut the Saints lead to 14-13.

The Jets were not finished with their first half scoring. Cromartie intercepted a Brees pass, that came right out of the hands of wide receiver Nick Toon. Quarterback Geno Smith would convert the turnover into a 3-yard touchdown run. Jets ahead at half 20-14.

In the third quarter field goals would be the only scoring. Nick Folk connected on a 47-yarder, Hartley responded with a 55-yard field goal. Jets led 23-17 after three quarters.

Down nine points in the fourth quarter Saints Head Coach Sean Payton rolled the dice on fourth and one. He called a reverse with tight end Josh Hill, but defensive Quinton Coples sniffed it out the trickery for an 8-yard loss.

The Saints had one drive left starting on their own 19-yard line, but the black and gold went backwards on the drive. Losing nine yards on a holding penalty, and Brees' fourth down pass wasn't close to a receiver after facing pressure from the Jets defense.

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