The struggles were still evident for the veteran cornerback. His legs got tangled with Robert Meachem in the second quarter, which led to a 60-yard pass play. The deep pass is the third pass of 50 yards or more that he has given up in the past four games. It didn't take long for the Saints and Drew Brees to take advantage of the field position. Brees threw a 10-yard strike to Jimmy Graham in the end zone, the ball whizzing by the outstretched hands of Cromartie who was covering Graham on the play.
"The touchdown I gave up, I should have stayed outside leverage, but he made a great catch on it," admitted Cromartie. "He attacked the ball. You just have to forget about those and get going."
It was redemption time for Cromartie who would pick off Brees with a couple of minutes left before the half to give the Jets the ball in Saints territory. Brees overthrew his target, Nick Toon, and Cromartie sprinted toward the sideline, keeping both his feet in bounds before falling toward the Saints sideline. The Jets would score a touchdown on the play, giving them a 20-14 lead.
"We're not worried about making statements to anybody," said Cromartie postgame. "Honestly, we're worried about ourselves and what we can do as a team. We believe in every single guy that's in here. We understand that if we play up to our standards and up to our abilities, we can go far with this team."
It seemed as if Cromartie had his second interception of the game in the middle of the third quarter but an Antonio Allen holding call negated the play, which allowed the Saints to knock down a field goal.
"You have to understand you're going to have the ups and downs, but at the end of the day, it's about going out and just playing fundamentally sound football and technique football," noted Cromartie. "So, if everybody is going, doing their job and trusting in the next guy beside them that he's going to do his job to the best of his ability, then that's what it's really all about."