Pat Leahy kicked four field goals and the New York Jets sacked quarterback Phil Simms nine times en route to a 26-7 victory over the Giants today.
End Mark Gastineau had four of the sacks for the Jets (4-4-1), who ended the Giants' three-game winning streak. The Giants are 5-4.
The Jets took a 13-0 lead in the second period on Leahy's field goals of 37 and 33 yards and Wesley Walker's 39-yard touchdown pass from Richard Todd.
Leahy kicked a 42-yard field goal early in the third period. The Giants cut the deficit to 16-7 late in the quarter on Beasley Reese's four-yard return with a fumble by Chuck Ramsey, the Jets' punter, but Leahy followed with a 38-yard field goal, his ninth straight successful attempt.
Darrol Ray scored the Jets' final touchdown on a 64-yard return of an interception late in the game. It was Ray's second touchdown and sixth interception of the season.
The Jets' nine sacks for 71 yards in losses were one short of the club record. "Our defense won this game for us -- I've never seen it better," said Walker.
Giants Coach Ray Perkins was similarly impressed. "They were the better team and they certainly outplayed us," he said. "That was the best pass rush we've faced all year."
Simms completed 22 of 35 passes but for only 182 yards. Todd was 13 of 30 for 207 yards, with Walker catching six passes for 142 yards.
Walker made his touchdown catch down the left side after beating defender Terry Jackson by several strides. The play was set up by Jesse Johnson's recovery of a fumbled punt.
Ray prevented a Giant touchdown late in the first half when he deflected a pass in the end zone from Scott Brunner on a fake field goal.