Throwback Thursday: New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints: Last Meeting

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Thursday, so let’s have a little “Throwback Thursday” action, but taking a look at the last time these two teams met.

The year was 2009, and a rookie quarterback led his 3-0 New York Jets into New Orleans to face the 3-0 Saints. The afternoon started out pretty even, as the Saints were only able to manage a field goal from John Carney to take a 3-0 lead.

The difference came in the second quarter, when two Mark Sanchez turnovers proved to be costly. First was an interception in the red zone. Darren Sharper intercepted a pass on his own one and took it the distance. Later in the quarter, Will Smith caused a sack fumble on the Jets goal line which was recovered in the end zone to stake the Saints to a 17-0 lead, and a 17-3 lead at halftime.

Thomas Jones scored in the third quarter from 15 yards out to close the gap to 17-10, but a fourth quarter touchdown from Pierre Thomas put the game out of reach. Final score 24-10 in favor of the Saints.

So the Jets played the Saints to a pretty even matched game in 2009, and that was in New Orleans.  Here is the box score:

New York Jets (3-1-0) New Orleans Saints (4-0-0)
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Sanchez 14/27 138 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Jones 13 48 1 15T
M. Sanchez 4 24 0 12
S. Greene 4 23 0 9
B. Smith 2 20 0 18
L. Washington 4 17 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Cotchery 5 71 0 27
D. Keller 3 31 0 23
L. Washington 4 24 0 15
C. Stuckey 1 8 0 8
B. Smith 1 4 0 4
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
M. Sanchez 1 1 0 0
D. Harris 0 0 0 0
D. Lowery 0 0 1 0
B. Thomas 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Feely 1/1 38 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
S. Weatherford 6 35.0 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
L. Washington 1 17 0 17
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
J. Leonhard 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SCK INT FF
D. Harris 10-2 0.0 0 1
K. Rhodes 8-0 0.0 0 0
M. Douglas 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Leonhard 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Scott 4-2 0.0 0 0
B. Thomas 4-0 0.0 0 1
D. Lowery 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Pouha 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ellis 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Revis 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Devito 1-1 0.0 0 0
V. Gholston 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Murrell 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Smith 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jenkins 0-1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 20/32 190 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 19 86 1 18
R. Bush 6 37 0 12
R. Meachem 1 13 0 13
H. Evans 3 12 0 6
D. Brees 3 5 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 4 46 0 36
J. Shockey 4 34 0 20
M. Colston 2 33 0 17
D. Henderson 3 21 0 9
R. Meachem 1 19 0 19
D. Thomas 1 18 0 18
H. Evans 1 11 0 11
R. Bush 3 7 0 4
L. Moore 1 1 0 1
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
R. Bush 1 1 0 0
P. Thomas 1 0 0 0
R. Ayodele 0 0 1 0
D. Brees 0 0 1 0
W. Smith 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Carney 1/1 34 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
T. Morstead 5 38.0 2 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
C. Roby 1 26 0 26
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
R. Bush 1 22 0 22
Defense T-A SCK INT FF
R. Harper 6-0 0.0 0 0
C. Grant 5-0 2.0 0 0
J. Greer 5-0 0.0 0 0
T. Porter 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Sharper 5-4 0.5 2 0
S. Fujita 4-0 0.0 0 0
S. Shanle 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Vilma 3-3 0.0 0 0
R. Ayodele 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Charleston 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ellis 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hargrove 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. McCray 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Smith 1-3 1.5 0 1
R. Gay 0-0 0.0 1 0
Total First Downs 14 Total First Downs 18
By Rushing 6 By Rushing 9
By Passing 6 By Passing 8
By Penalty By Penalty
Third Down Efficiency 3/12 - 25% Third Down Efficiency 4/13 - 30%
Fourth Down Efficiency 1/1 - 100% Fourth Down Efficiency 0/2 - 0%
Total Net Yards 244 Total Net Yards 343
Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 58 Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 64
Average Gain per Offensive Play 4.2 Average Gain per Offensive Play 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 132 Net Yards Rushing 153
Total Rushing Plays 27 Total Rushing Plays 32
Average Gain per Rushing Play 4.9 Average Gain per Rushing Play 4.8
Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 0-0 Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 3–4
Net Yards Passing 112 Net Yards Passing 190
Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 4 – 26 Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 0 – 0
Gross Yards Passing 138 Gross Yards Passing 190
Pass Comp-Att-Int 14 - 27 - 3 Pass Comp-Att-Int 20 - 32 - 0
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 3.6 Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 5.9
Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 3 - 3 - 2 Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 5 - 5 - 4
Punts (Number-Average) 6 - 42.0 Punts (Number-Average) 5 - 38.0
Blocked 0 Blocked 0
Net Punting Average 35.0 Net Punting Average 38.0
FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 - 0 FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 - 0
Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 0 Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 146
Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 0 - 0 Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 1 - 22
Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 1 - 17 Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 1 - 26
Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 - 0 Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 3 - 124
Penalties (Number-Yards) 3 - 21 Penalties (Number-Yards) 7 - 70
Fumbles (Number-Lost) 1 - 1 Fumbles (Number-Lost) 2 - 1
Touchdowns 1 Touchdowns 3
Rushing 1 Rushing 1
Passing 0 Passing 0
Interceptions 0 Interceptions 1
Kickoff Returns 0 Kickoff Returns 0
Fumble Returns 0 Fumble Returns 1
Punt Returns 0 Punt Returns 0
Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 1 - 1 Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 3 - 3
Kicking (Made-Attempted) 1 - 1 Kicking (Made-Attempted) 3 - 3
Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 - 0 Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 - 0
Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 1 - 1 Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 1 - 1
Red Zone Efficiency 1/2 - 50% Red Zone Efficiency 1/4 - 25%
Goal To Go Efficiency 0/0 - 0% Goal To Go Efficiency 1/3 - 33%
Safeties 0 Safeties 0
Final Score 10 Final Score 24
Time of Possession 27:21 Time of Possession 32:39

Topics: Jets Vs Saints Game, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Thomas Jones

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