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Jets recover from early turnover, beat Lions 48-17
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018 12:00am

Jets recover from early turnover, beat Lions 48-17
(DETROIT) – Sam Darnold rolled right and made a rookie move, lobbing a football across the field that was picked off and returned for a touchdown. It might've been his only mistake all night. Darnold made a stellar debut after throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap, and the New York Jets intercepted five passes and also scored on special teams in a 48-17 rout over the Detroit Lions on Monday night. The 21 year old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and looked his age on the first play. Quandre Diggs intercepted his ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown 20 seconds into the game. The former USC star, drafted No. 3 overall, shook off the nerves and finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns . He is the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001. Darnold helped the Jets set a franchise record for points on the road, surpassing the 47 they scored in 1967 against the Boston Patriots. He also outplayed 30 year old Matthew Stafford, who threw four interceptions and left the game briefly in the third quarter after being hit from the front and back by the swarming, hard-hitting Jets. Stafford was 27 of 46 for 286 yards and a TD pass to Golden Tate early in the third quarter to tie it at 17. He was mercifully taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by Matt Cassel with Detroit down 31. Other Lions left the game due to injuries. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who has struggled to get and stay healthy, left the game with a shoulder after making four tackles, including a sack. Guard T.J. Lang left the game with a back injury. Cornerback Darius Slay returned to play after leaving the field to be evaluated for a concussion

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The Detroit Lions in action against the NY Jets in Monday night play (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)
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