Jets 23

(6-2, 4-0 away)

Lions 20

(2-6, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 7, 2010

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 OT T
NYJ 0 10 0 10 323
DET 7 0 6 7 020

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 336 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (NYJ) - 15 CAR, 55 YDS

Receiving: S. Holmes (NYJ) - 5 REC, 114 YDS

Mark Sanchez helps Jets escape Detroit with OT win

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Mark Sanchez threw a lot of passes high, low and wide.

When it mattered most, he found his target.

Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for 52 yards to set up Nick Folk's 30-yard field goal 2:18 into overtime, lifting the New York Jets to a 23-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"He's at his best when he's not thinking and he's just a California boy playing football," Jets receiver Braylon Edwards said.

Sanchez scored on a quarterback sneak with 2:46 left in regulation and led a nine-play drive that set up Folk's 36-yard kick to send the game into OT.

He successfully lobbied Jets coach Rex Ryan to run the two-minute offense in overtime.

"When I started running it, we got them on their heels," Sanchez said. "It was obvious that we took over the game at the end."

Knocking Matthew Stafford out of the game certainly helped the Jets take control.

Stafford threw two TD passes and ran for a score to give Detroit a 10-point lead before re-injuring his right shoulder and leaving the game with 5:19 left. Stafford separated his shoulder in the opener and was out until last week.

"You don't want to hurt a guy, but that changed the game," said linebacker Bryan Thomas, who tackled Stafford from behind and sent him crashing on his right shoulder. "I was just trying to make a play."

Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave Sanchez extra time to run more plays on the game-tying drive when he called a pass on third down and Drew Stanton threw an incompletion, giving the Jets the ball with 1:40 left.

"I didn't make myself clear enough that we shouldn't worry about taking the lost yardage play right there because the clock obviously was important," Schwartz said.

The Jets were stunned at Schwartz's decision not to run the ball and take time off the clock when they were out of timeouts.

"They gave us about 40 more seconds to work with," New York offensive tackle Damien Woody said. "That was huge."

The Jets (6-2) took advantage against the Lions (2-6) and silenced a previously boisterous crowd at Ford Field.

"Obviously we feel fortunate we got the win, but we don't care -- we'll take it," Ryan said. "That's what good teams do, find a way to win."

In a matchup of first-round quarterbacks from last year's draft, Sanchez came out on top and Stafford couldn't stay on the field. Stafford was the No. 1 pick overall and Sanchez was drafted fifth.

Sanchez was 22 of 39 for a career-high 323 yards with one TD -- a 74-yard, go-ahead pass to Edwards with a minute left in the first half -- and one interception.

Stafford was 20 of 36 for 240 yards with two TDs, no interceptions, and a rushing score. Calvin Johnson was held to 1 reception for 13 yards, getting shut down by All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.

"He brought the best out of me," Revis said.

The Lions were at their best and looked like they were going to win a third game this season -- to surpass the victories they had the past two years combined -- when Stafford lobbed a 2-yard TD to Nate Burleson with 11:51 left.

But they couldn't overcome Stafford's injury or Schwartz's questionable call and linebacker Julian Peterson's personal foul on the game-tying drive.

"This is the worst loss ever, I think, in my 10 years," said Detroit center Dominic Raiola, whose record with the franchise is 35-117 since 2001.

New York, which was shut out at home last week by Green Bay, didn't score in the first or third quarters at Detroit.

Sanchez and the Jets, though, were explosive enough to score 10 points in the last 2:46 and on the opening drive of OT.

Detroit got off to a good start and led for much of the game, but couldn't make enough winning plays on both sides of the ball to snap New York's seven-game winning streak on the road.

Stafford connected with Brandon Pettigrew for a 10-yard TD on the first drive against a team that had given up three points in the first quarter of its first seven games.

A missed extra point proved to be costly for Detroit.

Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, filling in for injured kicker Jason Hanson, hit the right upright on an extra point in the third quarter when the Lions led 13-10. Suh was the first defensive lineman to attempt an extra point or a field goal since at least 1983, according to STATS, LLC.

Hanson, whose right knee was evaluated on the sideline, was healthy enough to return to kick an extra point that put Detroit ahead 20-10 in the fourth.

The Jets would've been more aggressive if they needed a TD on the final drive of regulation, but they only needed three points to force the game into overtime against Stanton, who was active because backup QB Shaun Hill is injured.

Game notes

New York's LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 101 yards rushing and Holmes had 114 yards receiving. ... Burleson had seven catches for 113 yards and a TD. ... The Jets gave DE Vernon Gholston his first start of the year and he didn't make a tackle.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2321
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7067
Total Yards437306
Yards per play6.24.6
Total Drives1413
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-43-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

detTD9:20Brandon Pettigrew 10 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:44
nyjFG4:51Nick Folk 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 3:57
nyjTD1:10Braylon Edwards 74 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yds, 0:48
detTD9:04Matthew Stafford 1 Yard Run (Ndamukong Suh Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 4:11
detTD11:53Nate Burleson 2 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 90 yds, 3:17
nyjTD3:00Mark Sanchez 1 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 56 yds, 1:40
nyjFG0:04Nick Folk 36 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 1:40
nyjFG12:47Nick Folk 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 56 yds, 2:18

Research Notes

From Elias: One more rather amazing Jets note ... FROM ELIAS This marked the second time in Jets history that they won a game in which they trailed by 10+ with three minutes left. The only other instance was Week 4 of the 2000 season (September 24, 2000). In that game, they came back from 17-6 down, scoring twice in the final two minutes at Tampa Bay to win, 21-17.
From Elias: Sunday marked the 3rd time in Jets HISTORY that they tied a game with 0:00 left in regulation and then won it in overtime. The other two are particularly fun memories for Jets fans: In Week 3 of the 1986 season (September 21, 1986), the Jets beat the Dolphins, 51-45 in overtime. Ken O'Brien tied it with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Walker with no time left, then won it with a touchdown throw to Walker in overtime. In Week 17 of the 1991 season (December 22, 1991), the Jets beat the Dolphins, 23-20 in Miami. After a Dan Marino touchdown pass on 4th-and-goal from the 1 put the Dolphins ahead late in the game, Raul Allegre tied it with a 44-yard field goal with no time left in regulation than won it with a 30-yard field goal in overtime. That was the Jets last such win in this fashion (tie with 0:00 left, win in OT) prior to today.

JetsThe Jets' offense woke up with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Down 20-10, the Jets gained over 40 percent of their net yardage and scored 13 of their 23 points in their final three possessions.

From Elias: Here's what Elias says about the Suh extra-point attempt: The last Lions player that played a position other than kicker or punter and attempted an extra point was Jim O'Brien on 11/18/1973 at Chicago. In O'Brien's case, he played both wide receiver and kicker. The last non-kicker/punter in the NFL to do this was Doug Flutie for New England on 1/1/2006 vs. Miami (week 17 of the 2005 season).

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