Ivory fuels Jets past Saints

Published 11/04 2013 12:47AM

Updated 11/04 2013 12:51AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  (AP) --    Rex Ryan found plenty of things to brag  about after his       New York Jets      upset the Saints 26-20 Sunday. His  impressive string of wins over his twin wasn't the main one.         

Oh, Rex mentioned beating brother Rob, the New Orleans defensive coordinator,  for the seventh time in 10 matchups. How could      he not, given the  competitive nature of the twins, something they got from their father, Buddy,  who went 55-55-1 as an NFL      head coach? The 79-year-old Buddy was at the  game.   

But there were so many other aspects of yet another victory in an  odd-numbered game that thrilled the Jets boss.

" All right, I beat my brother again. Just kidding,"  Rex said with a laugh.  " Yeah, there's a little extra, but at the end      of the day, now you realize  that your bro just took a loss, so that's the tough thing. I pull for them every  single week except      one."    

      The Jets (5-4) win every other week. They tied the 2005        New  England Patriots      for the longest such string to begin a season,  according to STATS.         

This win was built on big plays by Rex's pride and joy, the defense. The  offense and special teams came up with some huge      plays, too.   

" We didn't know how we'd win and all that, but we told our team, `All I know  is we've got a team that believes and fights      until the end and we find a  way,' `' Rex Ryan said. " And that's really what we did."    

Nick Folk      remained  perfect this season by kicking four field goals, the defense held        Drew  Brees      and the high-scoring Saints (6-2) to six points in the  second half, and New York had seven plays of at least 19 yards against      Rob  Ryan's D.         

Rob was not made available to reporters by the Saints after the defeat.

      Interceptions by        Demario  Davis      and        Antonio  Cromartie      and a fourth-and-inches stop highlighted New York's  solid defensive performance, and former Saints running back        Chris Ivory      rushed  for 139 yards and a touchdown.         

      " They did a really good job scheming us and figuring out how to get  those runs on us, how to get Ivory the ball and get some      positive plays on  us,"  said Saints linebacker       Jonathan Vilma      , who made his 2013 debut  after recovering from a knee injury. " They did a very good job and deserved to  win this game. Ivory      got the ball and had 9 or 10 yards before someone  touches him."          

Folk is 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 of 14 on extra points.

" Guys, how about that year?"  Ryan said. " It's not that it's a given, but  you think, `OK, Folk Hero, knock it through. Let's      go." '   

      New Orleans got two touchdown catches from        Jimmy Graham      ,  giving him 10 this season, but did little in the second half, even resorting to  a reverse to rookie tight end        Josh  Hill      on fourth-and-inches in the final period.         

The brothers hugged at midfield after the game.

      The Jets' offense was opportunistic after getting two takeaways. The  second was not Brees' fault:        Nick  Toon      , son of former Jets star receiver Al Toon, had the ball  pop off his hands late in the first half and high in the air, where       Cromartie snagged it. That pick soothed the crowd that was getting on Cromartie  for two major gaffes earlier in the second      period.         

      Cromartie fell down on        Robert  Meachem      's 60-yard catch and run. Graham capped that 80-yard  drive when he outmuscled Cromartie in the end zone for a 10-yard score.          

      Brees, who lost one of his favorite targets when        Darren Sproles      left  early with a concussion, shook off a first-quarter interception by Davis with a  51-yard throw to Graham. The powerful      tight end beat        Jaiquawn Jarrett      down the right sideline and dragged the safety the final 5 yards to the goal  line.         

      Often, though, the Saints were out of sync, including using three  timeouts on offense in the opening quarter. That cost them      when they  couldn't challenge Cromartie's interception, which led to        Geno Smith      's  3-yard touchdown run.         

      Davis' interception came on a ball tipped by teammate        Dawan  Landry      , and led to Folk's 39-yard field goal. Ivory gave New  York's offense its biggest boost with first-half runs of 27 and 52      yards.  The second burst came from the Jets 2 and sparked a 93-yard drive to Folk's  second field goal, from 21 yards.         

Ivory added a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter, and Folk hit a 47-yarder  that barely sneaked over the crossbar, to start      the second half.   

Garrett Hartley      ,  who missed earlier from 43, made a career-long 55-yarder, drawing the Saints  within 23-17. Folk nailed another one, from      45 yards, in the fourth period,  and Hartley countered with a 43-yarder.         

      NOTES: Brees was 30 of 51 for 382 yards with two TDs and two picks.  Graham finished with 116 yards on nine receptions. ...      Smith was only 8 of  19 for 115 yards, but the Jets rushed for 198 with a 5.5-yard average. ...         Josh Cribbs      , in  just his third game for New York, had five kickoff returns for 134 yards, three  rushes for 12, two receptions for 6,      and even completed a 25-yard pass to a  fellow newcomer, TE        Zach  Sudfeld      . ... Jets WR        Jeremy Kerley      hurt  his elbow, LB        Garrett  McIntyre      hurt his knee, and safety        Antonio Allen      suffered a head injury.

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