Jets vs. Lions: Score, live updates from Monday night game

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When Sam Darnold makes his much-anticipated regular season debut on Monday against the Detroit Lions, he’ll likely have more national scrutiny on him than he did at the height of his spell as USC’s star quarterback.

Darnold, whom the New York Jets picked No. 3 in April, threw preseason touchdown passes against the Falcons and Giants to help propel him into the Week 1 lineup.

He must now navigate the external pressures of leading a team in the Big Apple while adjusting to NFL defenses. The Jets, of course, haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and are eager to return to prominence.

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The Lions, meanwhile, begin their first season under coach Matt Patricia, who previously served as defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. But the offense, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, and defense will feature similar personnel as it has over the past couple of seasons.

For live scoring updates and highlights from Jets vs. Lions on “Monday Night Football,” follow along here.

Jets vs. Lions: Score, live updates, highlights

Jets: 24
Lions: 17

(All times ET)

9:13 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. Darnold and the New York offense responded with an efficient drive of their own. Darnold threw to Quincy Enunwa, who spun out of a tackle to reach the end zone. 24-17, Jets.

9:09 p.m. — A couple of injury updates for the Jets.

9:05 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Lions. That was fast. Stafford hit receiver Golden Tate three times on the first drive out of intermission, including the game-tying 24-yard strike. Tate made just two catches in the first 30 minutes, so that increased partnership was likely part of the Lions second-half game plan. 17-17.

8:55 p.m. — Some observations from the first half: Darnold was really impressive after the pick-six, Stafford’s inconsidency prevented Detroit from establishing an offensive rhythm and each team suffered worrisome injuries.

8:45 p.m. — Halftime.

8:44 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Lions. Stafford was healthy enough to come out for the final Lions drive of the first half and lead the team into the red zone. He couldn’t finish it off, though, as Detroit settled for a Prater chip shot. 17-10, Jets.

8:34 p.m. — An injury for the Lions defense.

8:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. Darnold aired it out down the sideline and found wide receiver Robby Anderson in the end zone for a 41-yard score. That was a beautiful throw through tight coverage. 17-7, Jets.

8:22 p.m. — Stafford got his feet tangled during a dropback and limped off the field at the end of the drive. Jets and Lions traded punts. 

8:17 p.m. — An update on Trumaine Johnson.

8:11 p.m. — Darnold looked better than Stafford midway through the second quarter. He was 8 of 12 for 61 yards and an interception, while Stafford was 4 of 10 for 40 yards and two interceptions. Neither were great, however.

8:06 p.m. — Lions kicker Matt Prater missed a 56-yard field goal attempt.

8:03 p.m. — Two turnovers for the price of one! Stafford threw his second pick of the game, but Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson fumbled the ball as he tried to run it back and the Lions recovered. Johnson appeared to be injured on the play.

7:56 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Jets. A second-and-10 sack sidetracked an otherwise impressive drive. Earlier in the possession, Darnold sprinted for a first down and running back Bilal Powell picked up 14 yards on a burst down the left sideline. Jason Myers’ kick split the uprights to give New York its first lead of the season. 10-7, Jets.

7:52 p.m. — End of first quarter.

7:45 p.m. — Interception! Stafford was picked off by cornerback Morris Claiborne, which gave the Jets great starting field position for the second straight drive. The miscue dropped Stafford to 0 for 4 passing.

7:42 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. Darnold completed a third-down pass in the red zone while rolling out of the pocket for a key conversion. That play withstood a Lions replay challenge. Then, running back Isaiah Crowell rumbled up the middle for a six-yard score — his first touchdown with the Jets. 7-7.

7:31 p.m. — Huge punt return for the Jets! Veteran Andre Roberts took it back 43 yards into Lions territory.

7:30 p.m. — After New York punted the ball deep, safety Jamal Adams made sure Detroit didn’t get a drive going. He tackled Lions running back LeGarrette Blount for a seven-yard loss, and three plays later, Detroit was forced to punt.

7:20 p.m. — Darnold’s first-ever completion came on third-down with a throw over the middle to tight end Neal Sterling.

7:11 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Lions. Sam Darnold’s first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Not an ideal start to a career. Cornerback Quandre Diggs had the return. 7-0, Lions.

7:10 p.m. — Kickoff.

7:08 p.m. — Inactives for the Jets were announced.

6:50 p.m. — The Lions came out of the tunnel wearing their all-blue uniforms. The Jets opted for a more classic look.