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Sanchez may have been to blame for his team's early deficit, but he wasn't rattled. He returned to march New York 60 yards in 14 plays, setting up Jay Feely's 38-yard field goal to make it 17-3, a score that held until halftime.
New York pulled to 17-10 on Thomas Jones' 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, capping a drive set up by Reggie Bush's fumble on the Saints 34. Bryan Thomas' hard tackle jarred the ball loose from Bush.
The Saints' defense held from there, however, allowing New Orleans to take control with an 11-play, 74-yard touchdown drive. The Saints finally converted a fourth-and-1 during the possession, though they did so with Brees' cadence drawing the Jets offside. Soon after, Brees drilled a third-down pass to Robert Meachem for a 19-yard gain to the Jets' 12-yard line and Thomas punched it in a few plays later.
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