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Defense carries Saints past sloppy Jets

It was over when ...

RB Pierre Thomas scored the Saints' only offensive touchdown.
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Saints safety Darren Sharper intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for the second time with 4:20 to play. Sharper's pick allowed New Orleans to work the clock and by the time New York got the ball back, only 1:47 remained. With so little time, Sanchez was forced to make some risky throws and Randall Gay intercepted him along the sideline.

Game ball

Sharper's first interception of Sanchez turned the momentum early in the second quarter. The Jets had put together an impressive drive until Sharper's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. Instead of going down 7-3, New Orleans was able to claim a 10-0 lead and never looked back.

Key Stat

New Orleans' defense actually outscored its offense. The Saints are known for their explosive passing game led by Drew Brees, but it was the defense that led them past the Jets with two touchdowns.

Noteworthy

Sanchez turned the ball over four times after having coughed it up just three times in his first three games. ... Jets PK Jay Feely made his 19th straight field goal with a 38-yarder in the second quarter. ... Saints DE Charles Grant had his second consecutive game with two sacks. ... Brees was held under 200 yards passing in back-to-back games for the first time since 2006.

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