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At last, Saints make selves at home in N.J.

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Aaron Brooks finally led the Saints to victory at the Meadowlands.

Brooks threw three touchdowns and the Saints broke a six-game losing streak in their second visit to Giants Stadium this season.

New Orleans fared better as the road team.

The Saints played their "home" opener in East Rutherford against the Giants after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and ruined the Louisiana Superdome. They lost 27-10 and receiver Joe Horn later said the league was making a "mockery" of the team.

Brooks made sure the Saints won this time, handing New York its sixth straight loss. His 30-yard touchdown to Devery Henderson with 8:32 left was the winning score. Mike Nugent made a career-high four field goals for the Jets but his 53-yard attempt with 15 seconds left came up short.

Brooks Bollinger's 27-yard touchdown to Justin McCareins in the third quarter gave the Jets a 16-14 lead. It was their first touchdown in 168 minutes, 11 seconds, dating to the fourth quarter of a loss to San Diego on Nov.6.

NOTABLE: Jets running back Curtis Martin became the fourth player to rush for 14,000 yards, reaching the mark with a 23-yard run in the first quarter. Martin, in his 11th season, joined Emmitt Smith (18,355), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269) as the only players to reach the milestone.