Darnold shakes off pick-6, guides Jets past Lions

Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes in his NFL debut, and the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia’s head-coaching debut and thump the host Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night.Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 on his first pass attempt. The 21-year-old rookie completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards. Jets running back Isaiah Crowell gained 102 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.New York’s defense made five interceptions, including two by Darron Lee, one of which he returned for a score. Andre Roberts contributed a 78-yard punt return for another touchdown, and Quincy Enunwa caught six passes for 63 yards, including the go-ahead score.Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted four times. He went 27-for-46 for 286 yards and one touchdown. Kenny Golladay racked up 114 yards on seven receptions, and Golden Tate caught seven passes for 79 yards and a TD.Tate’s 24-yard catch-and-run over the middle tied the score at 17-all early in the second half. The Jets then took control.Darnold hooked up with Enunwa on a 21-yard score.Stafford was then intercepted for the third time as Lee stepped in front of running back Theo Riddick and raced untouched on a 36-yard score.Roberts’ 78-yard return gave New York a three-touchdown advantage.Lee’s second interception led to Jason Myers’ 32-yard field goal to make it 41-17. Crowell’s 62-yard burst into the end zone capped off the Jets’ third-quarter explosion.