EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In the fifth NFL meeting of the Ryan twins, New York Jets coach Rex remained undefeated against New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob after a 26-20 victory Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The Ryan brothers posed for photos on the field before the game with their father, former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, before battling for more than three hours on a cool, crisp day.
When the Jets held off the Saints, Rex Ryan improved to 5-0 against his brother. Rex won twice as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens and has bested Rob three times in the past four years after becoming the Jets’ coach in 2009.
The two met after the game and shared a brief hug before heading to their locker rooms.
“It wasn’t about beating his brother, although he takes pride in doing that,” Jets linebacker Quinton Coples said.
Rex opened his postgame news conference by saying, “I beat my brother again. ... Just kidding.
“At the end of the day, now you realize your brother just took a loss. That’s the tough thing. I pull for them every single week except one.”
Good day, bad day
Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, who missed field goals of 38 and 47 yards in last week’s win against the Buffalo Bills, was wide left on his first attempt Sunday to give him three misses in a row for the first time in his NFL career.
Hartley hooked a 43-yard try at the end of the Saints’ first drive but redeemed himself when he nailed a career-long 55-yarder in the third period. His previous long was 53 yards.
Hartley also was successful in the fourth on a 43-yarder.
Jets running back Chris Ivory, who played for the Saints from 2010-12, showed his old team what they’re missing after trading him in April.
Ivory had runs of 27, 52 and 30 yards — each of them longer than the Saints’ longest run this season, 21 yards by Khiry Robinson.
The Saints’ list of inactives included both starting safeties — Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper — and receiver Marques Colston. All three were sidelined by knee injuries.
The other inactives were DE Tyrunn Walker (knee), Robinson, T Terron Armstead and QB Ryan Griffin. RB Mark Ingram (toe) was active for the first time since Week 2.
Saints RB Darren Sproles suffered a concussion after a 2-yard reception on the team’s second play and didn’t return.
For the Jets, LB Garrett McIntyre left with a knee injury, WR Jeremy Kerley suffered an elbow injury and S Antonio Allen left with a leg injury.
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, played for the first time this season after being activated from the injured reserve/designated for return list Saturday.
Vilma said the plan going in was to get between 10 and 15 snaps to get the rust off. He was credited with one tackle.
“It would have been better with a win, but it felt good just getting back out there — running around and being into it and not just being on the sideline with Coach (Joe) Vitt,” Vilma said.
Former Hahnville High School standout Dawan Landry started at safety for the Jets and had a hand in one of his team’s big plays early.
On the Saints’ second possession, Landry, who had five tackles, broke up a Drew Brees pass intended for tight end Benjamin Watson and linebacker Demario Davis grabbed the deflection for an interception — which the Jets turned into a Nick Folk field goal.
As a former Jets player, Vilma was selected to serve as an extra captain, and Brees got him to make the call on the pregame coin toss.
Vilma called tails and it came up heads, but referee Clete Blakeman erroneously asked Vilma if they wished to defer or take the ball first.
“No, we said tails,” Vilma said as he pointed Blakeman in the right direction.
Saints coach Sean Payton had a streak of 11 straight wins in November snapped. … Lance Moore fielded punts and Travaris Cadet returned kickoffs after Sproles was knocked out of the game. ... Rookie tight end Josh Hill, an undrafted free agent, made his first start when the Saints opened the game in a three-tight end set. … Ivory and Landry were game day captains for the Jets.