The win denied the Patriots a second last-second victory over a Ryan brother. New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was burned by them in Week 6.
The Jets halted a 12-game winning streak by New England within the AFC East.
"Everyone has to look at themselves and do a better job," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said, "because what we're doing now isn't good enough."
Sunday night was about celebrating a quarterback.
Sunday afternoon was about celebrating over a quarterback.
That, at least, is what Carolina safety Mike Mitchell did, after dragging down Sam Bradford from behind as the St. Louis quarterback ran out of bounds in the fourth quarter.
As Bradford lay in a crumpled heap, rolling back and forth with a knee injury, a seemingly oblivious Mitchell threw his head back and arms out and yelled in celebration.
Both teams had their low points in the game, with the Rams being flagged five times for personal fouls, including the ejection of Pro Bowl defensive end Chris Long.
The Bradford injury was an ugly scene on an ugly day for quarterbacks, a brutal prelude to Manning's first return to Indianapolis.
Bradford, who was carted off to the locker room in the 30-15 defeat, was scheduled to have an MRI exam when the Rams landed in St. Louis. It was later reported the quarterback had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and would be lost for the season.
He wasn't the only quarterback injured Sunday. Chicago's Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury when he was sacked in the second quarter against Washington, the team-record 158th time he was sacked since coming to the Bears in 2009.
The Bears, with Josh McCown at quarterback, would lose, 45-41, when the Redskins' Roy Helu scored from three yards out — his third touchdown of the day — with 49 seconds to play.
"Every game is big, but we sure needed it after being 1-4," Washington Coach Mike Shanahan said. "You don't want to dig yourself a bigger hole."
As for McCown, who hadn't played since the 2011 season, he did a solid job. The Bears had 46 yards of offense in the first half — all but three snaps of it with Cutler — and 313 in the second.
"I didn't ask him what he liked, what he didn't like," Bears Coach Marc Trestman said of McCown. "I just called the plays according to the plan we had put together. I thought he functioned very well in the offense."
In the battle for first place in the NFC East, Philadelphia's Nick Foles left the game at the end of the third quarter with a possible concussion. He was sandwiched by Dallas defenders Jarius Wynn and George Selvie, and groggily walked off the field for an evaluation.
That opened the door for rookie quarterback Matt Barkley to make his NFL debut, and it was a rough one. The former USC standout, who entered with 9 minutes 25 seconds left, had three interceptions and a fourth that was nullified by a Dallas offside penalty.
"I was maybe a little too aggressive on some of those throws, trying to advance the ball down the field and help our team win," Barkley said. "I learned a lot today. I'll learn even more watching the tape."
With Michael Vick recovering from a hamstring injury, and Foles' status up in the air, it's unclear who will start Sunday at home against the New York Giants.