Monday, November 05, 2001

Jets 16, Saints 9

The Associated Press

        NEW ORLEANS — The New York Jets were resilient, and their defense suddenly solid.

        “We were tough minded,” Jets defensive lineman Shaun Ellis said after John Hall kicked field goals of 39, 47, and 23 yards, and New York's defense frustrated the New Orleans Saints throughout in a 16-9 victory on Sunday night.

        “We took the bad situations and turned them into good ones,” Ellis said.

        The Jets (5-3) improved to 4-0 on the road this season, while the Saints (4-3) dropped to 1-2 at home. New Orleans is 5-7 at home overall under coach Jim Haslett.

        The Saints drove to the Jets 6 with just over a minute remaining. Quarterback Aaron Brooks ran for a yard, and Damien Robinson grabbed Brooks' face mask, twisting it as he pulled him to the ground as an official's flag flew.

        Saints tackle Kyle Turley immediately jumped on Robinson, starting a shoving match that involved both teams and an official. Turley emerged from the pile without a helmet and carrying a Jets helmet that he threw downfield.

        “He's crazy, man, crazy,” Jets cornerback Ray Mickens said. “Then the fans were yelling, "Turley, Turley, Turley.' If that's what they want, that's scary.”

        Turley also made an obscene gesture, and was ejected. The Saints were penalized 15 yards, back to the 20. Brooks threw two incompletions and was sacked by John Abraham on their final offensive play.

        “He saw that the Jets were taking some shots at Aaron and Kyle kind of took offense at that,” Saints receiver Joe Horn said. “I love him to death. I hope they don't suspend him for the San Francisco game.”

        Turley was not in the locker room after the game.

        “Me and Turley have to sit down and talk some things over,” Haslett said.

        Curtis Martin, who entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher, was held to 66 yards on 21 carries. But rookie Lamont Jordan gained 75 yards on seven carries.

        “We needed this victory more than any other game this year,” Martin said. “It seemed like we tried to make it hard on ourselves again.”

        The Jets had the worst rushing defense in the league, but looked tough against Ricky Williams, who led the NFC in rushing. Williams was held to 58 yards on 19 carries.

        They also sacked Brooks six times and forced four turnovers.

        “We were hitting Brooks, Ricky, and stopping them,” Jets safety Victor Green said. “Physical, that's what it was. Physical. We had to win the game.”

        The Jets took a 6-0 lead early. New York's first drive set up a 39-yard field goal by Hall. After Joe Horn fumbled on the Saints' first possession, Hall kicked a 47-yarder.

        New York added a touchdown in the second quarter. Vinny Testaverde hit Laveranues Coles with a 7-yard fade pass for a 13-0 lead at halftime.

        Testaverde was 13-of-22 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once.

        The Saints ended three of their five first-half possessions with giveaways: Horn's fumble and two interceptions by Brooks, the last on second-and-13 with 51 seconds left in the half.

        Brooks completed 12-of-28 for 164 yards.

        The Saints got into the end zone for the first time on a 1-yard dive by Williams in the third quarter, cutting the Jets' lead to 13-7. New Orleans added two more points on a safety. Defensive end Darren Howard chased Testaverde into the end zone, and Testaverde threw the ball away, but it did not reach the line of scrimmage. He was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, an automatic safety.

        Hall missed a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but Brooks fumbled the snap on the Saints' next play at the New Orleans' 20. Seven plays later Hall made a 23-yarder that put the Jets up 16-9.

        Jets coach Herman Edwards gambled on a fourth-and-inches with 2 minutes remaining. But Martin was stopped — the Saints didn't allow the Jets any gains on three straight runs — and New Orleans began its final drive at its 46.


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