National Football League

                        === Ivory, Jets upend Saints ===
 East  Rutherford, NJ ( - Chris Ivory gashed his old team for
 139  rushing yards with a touchdown and Nick Folk continued his perfect season
 with  four field  goals, as  the New  York Jets  earned a  26-20 win  over New
 Orleans to hand the Saints just their second loss of the season.
 Ivory spent his first three NFL seasons with the Saints and joined the Jets in
 an  April trade.  He broke off  runs of  52, 30 and 27 yards,  and led  a Jets
 rushing attack that compiled 198 yards.
 Geno Smith also ran for a score and threw for 115 yards on 8-of-19 passing for
 New  York (5-4), which  will head into its bye week with a winning record. The
 Jets  were coming  off an ugly 49-9  loss at Cincinnati last week and have not
 lost two in a row this season.
 "Looking at this game, we knew it was going to be tough,"  said Jets coach Rex
 Ryan. "All I know is I have a team that will fight to the end."
 Drew  Brees threw for 382 yards with a pair of touchdowns, but was also picked
 off twice in defeat. He was without the inactive wide receiver Marques Colston
 because  of a  knee injury and lost  electric running back Darren Sproles to a
 concussion early in the first quarter.
 "That's tough  because he's a  big part  of the game plan,"  said Brees  about
 losing Sproles. "We still had our opportunities, but (the Jets) did a good job
 of getting pressure  and made it to where the ball had to come out sooner than
 we'd like."
 Jimmy  Graham caught nine  passes for 116 yards and both scores for the Saints
 (6-2),  whose  lone losses  have come on  the road against  AFC East foes. New
 Orleans dropped a 30-27 decision at New England in Week 6.
 The  Saints  still had a chance  after the two-minute warning, trailing by six
 with  the  ball at their own  29 after a punt.  A pass to Nick Toon that would
 have  picked up a  first down was negated by a holding penalty and Brees threw
 incomplete on third and fourth down to seal the contest.
 It  also  gave  Rex  Ryan  a win  over  his  twin brother  Rob,  the defensive
 coordinator  of the Saints. The  two sons of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan  have
 now been on opposite sidelines 10 times in their coaching careers, and Rex has
 come away victorious on seven occasions.
 The  Saints killed themselves with mistakes in the first half, starting with a
 missed  43-yard field  goal by  Garrett Hartley  on their  initial possession.
 Brees  was intercepted  on New Orleans' next series and Ivory's 27-yard run on
 the  first play after  the turnover set up Folk's 39-yard field goal for a 3-0
 Brees then found Graham behind the Jets defense for a 51-yard touchdown to put
 New  Orleans in front late in the first quarter and New York drove 93 yards on
 11  plays early in the second, escaping the shadow of their own goal line with
 a 52-yard burst by Ivory, before settling for a 21-yard Folk field goal.
 The  Saints answered right back when Brees and Robert Meachem hooked up for 60
 yards  on  the first play after  the kickoff to set  up a 10-yard TD strike to
 Graham for a 14-6 lead.
 Josh  Cribbs returned the next kickoff 42 yards and the Jets took advantage of
 the  short  field to score their  first touchdown. Ivory capped the eight-play
 set  with a 3-yard touchdown run to pull New York within one with 2:39 left in
 the half.
 Antonio  Cromartie then picked  off Brees two plays later and the Jets went 39
 yards for the go-ahead score, as Smith darted into the end zone from the three
 with 37 seconds left for a 20-14 advantage.
 "That was the  real critical (interception),"  said Brees.  "I thought we were
 set to drive for a field goal and they turn around and get touchdown. That's a
 big swing."
 The  Jets extended  the lead on the  initial series of the third quarter, as a
 44-yard catch and run by Greg Salas set up a 47-yard Folk kick.
 Another  Cromartie interception  with just under six minutes left in the third
 was  negated by  a defensive holding penalty and the Saints eventually trimmed
 the deficit to 23-17 on a career-long 55-yard Hartley field goal.
 Folk  was true again  from 45 yards away three minutes into the fourth quarter
 to again give the Jets a two-score margin that proved to be the difference.
 The Saints again hurt themselves with mistakes on the next series, as fullback
 Jed Collins -- in place of the injured Sproles -- dropped a sure first down on
 3rd-and-inches and an end around on fourth down was stopped for a loss.
 "Overall,  there were times when we shot ourselves in the foot,"  Brees added.
 "Hats off to the Jets, though, they played very well."
 New Orleans quickly got the ball back after a Jets three-and-out and drove for
 a 43-yard field goal from Hartley to make it 26-20 with 3:06 left.
                                   Game Notes
 Folk  has made  each of his 23  field-goal tries and all 14 of his point-after
 attempts  this  season ... The Jets  lost leading receiver Jeremy Kerley to an
 elbow  injury  in the first  half ... Graham  has 10 touchdown receptions this
 season  ... The Saints had just 41 rushing yards ... New Orleans outgained New
 York, 407-338, and had 23 first downs to 14 for the Jets ... Hartley's longest
 previous  field  goal was 53  yards ... The Jets  will visit Buffalo after the
 bye, while the Saints will host Dallas next Sunday night.
 11/03 17:08:16 ET