Chris Ivory sounded nothing like a man who had exacted revenge on a team that gave up on him six months ago. He had his hands behind his back, his voice barely above a whisper, as he retraced his 18-carry, 138-yard explosion that keyed the Jets’ 26-20 upset win over the Saints on Sunday.

Ivory runs like a robot gone haywire, looking to slam his 6-0, 222-pound frame into anybody at any time, a punishing running back who would have made the ground-and-pound Jets of yesteryear proud. He runs with purpose. He runs with anger.

“It was special,” Ivory said with a smile.

He said little else, leaving his new teammates to reveal how much it meant for him to beat a team that traded him to the Jets for a fourth-round pick during the draft. On a day when Geno Smith was nothing more than a caretaker, Ivory proved why he should be the dynamic offensive piece for a 5-4 team that has become a legitimate playoff contender entering the final two months of the season.
“(Ivory) has the ability to be a punch-you-in-the-face type back,” Rex Ryan said. “He’s got speed, he’s got vision and he runs with power.”

Ivory toiled in obscurity for the better part of three seasons in New Orleans, a fourth-stringer who crawled out of the shadows to flash some brilliance only when injuries to others thrust him into the spotlight.