Week 12 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 21, New York Jets 19
What you need to know
The Saints returned to the Meadowlands for the second time this season, this time as the visiting team, and held off a Jetsí last minute drive for the victory. The win for New Orleans broke a six game losing streak and their first win since losing star running back Deuce McAllister for the season.
Aaron Brooks played well, throwing for 181 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of Brooksí touchdown passes were greater than 20 yards. Brooks and the Saints struggled early going three and out on their first two possession before finding the end zone on the next two possessions giving them the lead at halftime. Brooks was spectacular on the three scoring drives, completing 13 of 15 passes for 155 yards. He completed nine passes in a row between the first and second scoring drives and was nine of 12 in the first half for 98 yards
The running game for New Orleans was not great but was effective enough to take some of the pressure off of Aaron Brooks. Aaron Stecker and Antowain Smith combined for 99 yards on 23 carries but neither managed to find the end zone.
New Orleans has won four of the last five meetings between the teams.
The Jetsí offense managed to score a touchdown breaking a string of ten consecutive quarters without a score. The touchdown came on a beautiful pass and catch from Brooks Bollinger to Justin McCareins in the third quarter. The Jetsí scoring drive was aided by a running into the kicker penalty as Saintsí defensive end Will Smith rolled into the punter knocking him to the ground.
Although the Jets held a significant edge in time of possession, 33:19 to 26:41 and moved the ball effectively on the ground and through the air they came up short on putting the ball in the end zone having to settle for four field goals.
Brooks Bollinger, in his fourth career start, showed poise and confidence in the pocket and made sound decisions electing to scramble or throw the ball away versus forcing a turnover. Bollinger was effective completing 19 of 28 attempts for 251 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Bollinger had a second touchdown nullified when the review booth reversed the apparent score ruling that Laveranues Coles did not maintain possession as he hit the turf.
Mike Nugent connected on four field goals but came up just short on a game winning attempt from 53 yards away with ten seconds left in the game.
What you ought to know
|QB Aaron Brooks, Pass: 17 - 23 - 181 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0|
Brooks had a very solid performance in leading the Saints to victory. With the ground game ineffective, Brooks took charge and executed a controlled, yet effective passing game. Although he was pressured early by an aggressive Jetsí defense, Brooks scrambled to avoid the rush often completing his pass attempts. Brooks had three touchdown passes in the game and no interceptions. He made several nice reads on blitz plays by New York, taking short drop backs and releasing the ball quickly to his receivers. Brooks connected on touchdown passes of 21, 15 and 30 yards contributing to his final yardage stats of 181 total yards.
Stecker started the game and had a slightly better game than Smith as the Saints continue to use a running back by committee. Stecker had a couple of nice runs in the second half showing extra effort and breaking tackles. He finished the game with 54 yards on 11 carries and one reception for six yards.
Smith saw most of his carries in the second half as New Orleans rotated running back throughout the game. He carried the ball 12 times for just 45 yards.
Fullback, Mike Karney had no rushing attempts but did have two catches for 13 yards out of the backfield. Both receptions were in the fourth quarter which included a first down catch to keep the drive going.
Stallworth scored his sixth touchdown in as many games and led the team with five catches for 48 yards. He scored on 21 yard pass from Brooks, eluding one defender and spinning to the inside to avoid another before leaping just inside the pylon for the score.
|WR Joe Horn, Rec: 4 - 47 - 0 (7 targets)|
Despite seeing double coverage often, Horn still managed to catch four passes for 47 yards but did not find the end zone. Horn did have a couple of dropped passes included in his targets.
Henderson had just one catch in the game but it proved to be the game winner for New Orleans. He found a opening between defenders and Brooks found his target as they connected for the 30 yard touchdown to put New Orleans ahead.
With Ernie Conwell still sidelined, Hilton had another nice game this week, this time finding the end zone for his first career touchdown. Hilton caught a 16 yard bullet from Brooks over the middle and rumbled into the end zone for the score. Hilton finished the game with three catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Third string tight end Lamont Hall had one catch for four yards.
Conwell missed his sixth straight game as he recovers from a PCL injury.
Carney made all three extra points but did not have a field goal attempt.
The Saints held Curtis Martin out of the end zone but allowed him to gain 91 yards on 24 carries. New Orleans defensive game plan was focused on stopping Curtis Martin and forcing Bollinger to pass. They held Martin to mostly short gains with the only exception being a 23 yard burst early in the game.
The Saints allowed Bollinger to throw for 251 yards and five completions of more than 20 yards including a 27 yard touchdown. New Orleans recorded one sack by Will Smith in the first quarter.
Bollinger returned as the starter after suffering a concussion last week against Denver. Making just the fourth start in his young career, Bollinger provided the Jets with an encouraging performance completing 19 of 28 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. Bollinger played mistake free throughout the entire game until the last drive when he bobbled a snap from the shotgun formation, falling on the ball for a loss of three yards. Those three yards proved costly as Nugentís game winning field goal attempt fell less than a yard short of the upright. All in all Bollinger played a very good game, showing confidence under pressure and making several nice throws between and over defenders. Bollinger broke a string of ten quarters without a touchdown for the Jets when he rolled to his right and zipped a strike over the middle to McCareins for a 27 yards touchdown.
After being shutdown last week by Denver and falling short of reaching 14,000 yards for his career, Martin took care of business early in the first quarter becoming just the fourth running back to eclipse this milestone. Martin had 24 carries for 91 yards but did not score a touchdown for the third straight game. In addition to surpassing the 14,000 rushing mark in the game, Martin also went over 3,500 carries for his career becoming just the third player to achieve that milestone. He had several nice runs in the game including a 23 yard gain as he broke a couple of tackles and still showed off some speed.
Rookie Cedric Houston had five carries for 12 yards in the game.
Sowell caught two passes for a total of two yards.
Cotchery had nice game with four catches for 72 yards including two catches of more than 20 yards.
McCareins had his first touchdown catch of the season on a 27 yard strike from Bollinger in the third quarter. He split the safeties down the middle of the field and Bollinger hit him in stride on a beautiful pass and catch for the touchdown. McCareins also had a 36 yard grab on the touchdown drive.
Coles saw the most targets from Bollinger but had just three catches for 36 yards. He had a 28 yard touchdown catch nullified just before halftime as the apparent score was reversed after review by the booth. The catch was ruled a touchdown on the field but was reviewed by the booth because less than two minutes in the half. The booth officials ruled that Coles did not maintain control of the ball as he hit the turf, thus reversed the call to an incomplete pass.
Starting tight end Doug Jolley had four catches for 62 yards. Jolley had a nice grab for 21 yards, snatching the ball from Saintsí Mike McKenzie and preventing an interception, putting the Jets in position for the final field goal attempt.
Nugent had his best game of the season making four of five field goal attempts but left the field hanging his head as his last second 53 yard attempt fell just short of the upright. Nugent was successful from 29, 45, 41 and 38 yards away earlier in the game. He made his only extra point attempt.
The Jetsí defense allowed 97 yards to New Orleans and kept them out of the end zone.
The Jetsí pass defense allowed three touchdowns passes by Aaron Brooks and came up empty with no interceptions. The Jets held Brooks to just 181 yards passing but all three scores were 15 yards or more. New York put pressure on Brooks early in the game but only managed to record just one sack in the game.