Saints01407 -- 21Jets3673 -- 19Aaron Brooks finally led New Orleans to a long-awaited victory at the Meadowlands.
Brooks threw three touchdown passes and the Saints broke a six-game losing streak with a win over New York in their second visit to East Rutherford, N.J., this season. Ironically enough, New Orleans fared better as the road team.
The Saints (3-8) played their "home" opener here against the New York Giants after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and ruined the Superdome.
Brooks made sure they came out with the victory this time, handing the Jets a sixth straight loss of their own. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson with 8:32 remaining for the winning score, and finished 17 of 23 for 181 yards. Mike Nugent made a career-high four field goals for the Jets (2-9), but his 53-yard attempt with 15 seconds left came up short.
Though the Jets and Saints are the worst two teams in the league in turnovers, they played a clean game. Brooks Bollinger went 19 of 28 for 251 yards, and his pretty 27-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCareins in the third quarter gave the Jets a 16-14 lead. It was the first touchdown for the Jets in 168 minutes 11 seconds, dating from the fourth quarter of a loss to San Diego on Nov. 6.
New York: FG Nugent 29, 1:56.
New Orleans: Stallworth 21 pass from Brooks (Carney kick), 12:59.
New York: FG Nugent 45, 7:02.
New Orleans: Hilton 15 pass from Brooks (Carney kick), 2:41.
New York: FG Nugent 41, :14.
New York: McCareins 27 pass from Bollinger (Nugent kick), 5:35.
New York: FG Nugent 38, 14:56.
New Orleans: Henderson 30 pass from Brooks (Carney kick), 8:32.
SaintsJetsFirst Downs 1819Total Net Yards 269360Rushes-Yards 25-9735-118Passing 172242Punt Returns 1-224-33Kickoff Returns 6-1074-83Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0Comp-Att-Int 17-23-019-28-0Sacked-Yards Lost 1-91-9Punts 5-42.83-44.3Fumbles-Lost 0-01-0Penalties-Yards 7-607-55Time Of Possession 26:4133:19RUSHING
New Orleans: Stecker 11-54, A.Smith 12-45, Brooks 2-(minus 2).
New York: Martin 24-91, Bollinger 6-15, Houston 5-12.
New Orleans: Brooks 17-23-0-181.
New York: Bollinger 19-28-0-251.
New Orleans: Stallworth 5-48, Horn 4-47, Hilton 3-33, Karney 2-13, Henderson 1-30, Stecker 1-6, Hall 1-4.
New York: Cotchery 4-72, Jolley 4-62, McCareins 3-71, Coles 3-36, Martin 3-8, Sowell 2-2.
MISSED FIELD GOAL
New York: Nugent 53 (SH).