For the better part of 59 minutes his hirsute twin brother had tormented Tom Brady had him on the ropes was already celebrating one of the most exhilarating triumphs of a nomadic career was certain he was delivering a humbled and beaten quarterback and a first-place showdown of all things to Rex Ryan and the Jets.

And then Rob Ryan defensive coordinator of the Saints learned firsthand what Rex Ryan has come to understand: that you play 60 minutes against Tom Brady or you do not live to tell about it.

Even if Aaron Hernandez rots in jail. Even if Rob Gronkowski still hasn’t played. Even if Wes Welker belongs to Peyton Manning and Danny Amendola is knocked from the game. Even if Brady has to negotiate 70 yards across the last 1:13 to be the hero. Even if he has to throw to receivers named Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson and Austin Collie and Julian Edelman.

And when Brady found Thompkins with that 17-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with five seconds left for a 30-27 victory Rex had lost to the Steelers and Rob had lost to the Patriots and there would be no Patriots-Jets first-place showdown Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

“It was a horrible day for the Ryan family” Rex said Monday. “Good thing my dad’s out of coaching that day.”

Rex saw his brother sag in shock and disbelief. The whole country saw a man who looked as if he had just learned he had been audited by the IRS.

“I don’t think it was as bad as my reaction” Rex said.

And now Brady goes for the twin killing.

“Until it hits zero Brady’s done that time and time again” Rex said.

So with his team 3-3 and two games behind the Patriots Rex vows to fight to uphold the family name and keep alive his team’s improbable dream against his mortal enemies Brady and Bill Belichick. Who have made a living turning everyone’s thrill of victory into the agony of defeat.

Rex watched in horror as déjà vu all over again unfolded and coached along with his brother every step of the way at the bitter end.

“You want to make calls for your brother if you think you can help but they’d been doing a pretty good job of their own anyway” Rex said. “And I know what he went to he went to a four-across he had four guys on top and that’s a tough situation right there. ’Cause you can’t double ’em all. He got what he wanted and so did they. They got a jump ball out there and you know what’s coming. Everybody in the park knows it’s coming. You just don’t know which receiver it’s going to.”

Go ahead and second-guess the strategy all you want.

“I put my chances with a Ryan over somebody else” Rex said.