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Gameday Live 8: Jets at Lions

FINAL SCORE: JETS 23, LIONS 20, OT

4:30 p.m. -- Sanchez connects with Holmes across the middle for a 52-yard gain to set up a 30-yard, game-winning field goal by Folk to complete the Jets impressive comeback.  The Jets erase a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to improve to 6-2 and pull into a tie for first in the AFC East with the Patriots, who were upset by the Browns today.

Be sure to check for complete coverage from Rod Boone in tomorrow's Newsday.   

END OF FOURTH QUARTER -- JETS 20, LIONS 20

4:18 p.m. -- Sanchez orchestrates a 9-play, 60-yard drive in just 1:40 to set up Nick Folk's game-tying 36-yard field goal with seconds remaining.  Extra football coming up.  Jets 20, Detroit 20.  

4:12 p.m. -- Lions surprisingly opt to pass on 3rd down and throw incomplete to stop the clock for the Jets.  Jets get the ball back on their own 22 with just under two minutes remaining.  Time to see what the young QB can do with a potential game winning drive situation.

4:05 p.m. -- Running the no-huddle offense, Sanchez connects with Keller for 25 yards to bring the Jets to the Detroit 6 and set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Sanchez.  Onside kick or no?  I say let your defense make a stand.  Detroit 20, Jets 17.  

3:59 p.m. -- Stafford seems to have aggregate his injured right shoulder. Jets take over on their own 44.  Fail to score on this drive and the game is over.       

3:44 p.m. -- Miscommunication between Sanchez and Tomlinson, who wasn't expecting the pass, on 3rd down and the Jets are forced to punt.

3:40 p.m. -- Burleson makes a nice catch and run for a 36-yard gain to bring the Lions to the Jets.  Eric Smith is then called for a costly pass interference penalty in the endzone to put the Lions at the 1 yard line to set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Burleson.  Revis has blanketed Johnson all day, holding him to one catch, while Burleson has gone off for 113 yards. Lions 20, Jets 10.     

END OF THIRD QUARTER -- LIONS 13, JETS 10

3:21 p.m. -- Jets get the ball back with their best field position of the day, their own 47, but fail to capitalize as Sanchez pass to Holmes on 3rd and 8 from the Lions 40 is incomplete.  The Jets are forced to punt and will enter the fourth quarter trailing.

3:09 p.m. -- On 2nd and 5 from the Lion 37 Sanchez under throws Holmes in the endzone and has it picked off by Alphonso Smith.  OK so airing it out does have it pros and cons.  Lions take over on their own 1 yard line.  

2:54 p.m. -- One of the stranger sequences you will see in football.  The Lions drove to the Jets 2 but seemingly failed to fully capitalize on the field position.  They settled for a game-tying field goal only to get a fresh set of downs after Trevor Pryce was called for a roughing the kicker penalty.  The Lions then ran play-action and faked out everyone from the cameraman to the Jets defense as Jahvid Best sold the fake and drew the defense by diving into the pile while Stafford trotted into the endzone with the ball for the touchdown.  With Lions kicker Jason Hanson injured on the penalty, the Lions brought out defensive tackle Ndamukong Su out to kick the extra point.  He hit the upright but the Lions take the lead.  Detroit 13, Jets 10. 

2:48 p.m. -- Edwards gets stripped of the ball far too easily after making a catch, giving the ball back to the Lions on the Jets 47.  First turnover of the game for either team.  

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HALFTIME STATS

Passing

Jets: Sanchez -- 7-for-12 for 135 yards, 1 TD

Lions: Stafford -- 11-for-22 for 152 yards, 1 TD

Rushing

 

Jets: Tomlinson -- 7 carries for 37 yards; Greene -- 3 carries for 11 yards

Lions: Best -- 9 carries for 20 yards

Receiving 

Jets: Edwards -- 2 catches for 77 yards, TD; Holmes -- 3 catches for 41 yards

Lions: Burleson -- 3 catches for 48 yards; C. Johnson -- 1 catch for 13 yards

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END OF SECOND QUARTER -- JETS 10, LIONS 7

2:25 p.m. -- So much for the conservative play-calling.  That is how you air out a ball.  On 3rd and 9 from the Jets 26, Sanchez throws deep and connects with Edwards for a 74-yard touchdown to give the Jets the lead.  Brian Schottenheimer should keep this in mind.  Jets 10, Detroit 7.  

2:21 p.m. -- The Lions were set to go for it on 4th and 1 from the Jets 37 but were hit with a false start and forced to punt.  It's times like these when you understand why the Lions have only won four games over the past three seasons.

2:10 p.m. -- What started out as a promising drive ends in disappointing fashion as the Jets are forced to settle for a field goal.  Jets finally start to mix things up with some trickery by shifting Sanchez to wideout and moving Brad Smith under center as he rushed for a first down.  Sanchez then connected with Holmes for a 31-yard gain but on 3rd and 6 from the Detroit 8, Sanchez fumbled the snap, forcing the Jets to bring out Nick Folk.  At least the scoring drought is over.  Detroit 7, Jets 3.

1:55 p.m. -- Very conservative play-calling on the Jets part.  Trying to limit mistakes is one thing but when you have weapons like Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery, and Dustin Keller you need to air the ball out a little more.  Jets go three-and-out once again.  Sanchez has completed just 4-of-8 passes for 16 yards, all of which have come on short screen passes.

END OF FIRST QUARTER -- LIONS 7, JETS 0

1:42 p.m. -- Not much to report during an extremely quiet and unproductive first quarter for the Jets.  The Jets go 0-for-3 on third down attempts and amass just 30 total yards in the quarter.  The seven points they allowed to the Lions was more points than the Jets defense has allowed in every first quarter combined this season.

1:22 p.m. -- Not a pretty opening series for the Jets.  A very quick three-and-out.

1:15 p.m. -- Not exactly the kind of start the Jets were looking for coming off of last week's performance.  The Lions march right down field at will with an 11-play, 80-yard drive, which was aided by a silly personal foul penalty on Bart Scott and capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew.  The offense let the defense down last week, hopefully the roles aren't reversed this week. Detroit 7, Jets 0. 

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