Darnold heats up after early pick-6 to burn Lions

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DETROIT — New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold made history Monday night, becoming the youngest quarterback in history to start a season opener.

It took him one play to make more history — the wrong kind — before a tremendous turnaround.

On his first NFL pass, Darnold threw a pick-six, an ill-advised interception that was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Detroit Lions safety Quandre Diggs. Darnold joined Jameis Winston (2015) and Brett Favre (1991) as the only quarterbacks in the last 27 years whose first career attempt was intercepted for a touchdown.

Unfazed by his nightmarish start, Darnold — 21 years, 97 days old — grew up quickly on a national stage, leading the Jets to a 48-17 victory at Ford Field. They set a franchise record for most points scored in a road game. He became the first quarterback since Tom Brady in 2001 to win by at least 31 points in his first career start.

“He didn’t flinch. He didn’t even blink,” coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold’s early mistake. “I

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24638964/sam-darnold-gets-busy-1st-play-pick-6-fuels-jets-rout-lions

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